Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday magic

Not much has gone right for the good guys since the All-Star break with 11 losses in 13 games until today's glorious 5-3 victory over the Nats. Pence and Panik are back and the new guy replacing Duffy for now -- Eduardo Nunez -- got the Giants off the mat with a bases-loaded double in the 4th.

The Giants broke their 6-game losing streak last Saturday at Yankee Stadium and broke a 3-game losing streak today. Here's part of the coverage --

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the San Francisco Giants desperately needing a win Saturday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy strategized as if this were October, when wins count most. The result was a 5-3 triumph over the Washington Nationals, which San Francisco sealed by scoring twice in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie.
The Giants, losers of 11 of their previous 13 games, inched ahead on Joe Panik's bases-loaded sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Trevor Brown's bases-loaded walk. Of the five Giants who scored, three reached base on walks. Eduardo Nunez, making his first start as a Giant since being acquired Thursday from Minnesota, fueled a three-run, fourth-inning outburst with a two-run double.
One of those walks was coaxed by Mac Williamson, who batted for Giants starter Jake Peavy in the fourth inning. That set up Nunez's big hit. It also forced Peavy to leave the game prematurely, yet the veteran right-hander said, "That was 100 percent the right call." Peavy added that Bochy "managed like it was a playoff game, the way we needed to win."

Washington jumped ahead, 3-0, on Anthony Rendon's two-run homer in the third inning and Danny Espinosa's RBI double in the fourth. But San Francisco's bullpen blanked the Nationals on three hits for the final five innings.
"They won the game for us, with their effort," Bochy said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED A little goes a long way: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence made a rousing return to the lineup after missing 48 games with an injured right hamstring. He doubled off the left-field wall in the second inning, walked and scored in the seventh inning and provided welcome inspiration.
"His presence in the lineup is huge for this club," Bochy said. "I know he charged up the troops pretty good by just being out there."
Pence appreciated the noisy cheering he prompted all afternoon from the AT&T Park crowd.
"It was pretty special," he said. "I'm really grateful and I really love everything about playing for the Giants."


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