By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – At a time whentheinjuries are taking a toll on the Giants starters. The guys off the bench have been just as good. Gregor Blanco was given the day off but got called in the seventh with runners on first and third with one out.Blanco tripled and scored in two runs for the lead and the 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. With today’s win, San Francisco improved to 2-1 on their current seven game homestead. The Giants have now won six consecutive series against the Padres at AT&T Park.
“Gregor has really played well,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s really come through in the clutch, which he did today. Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench and he’s a nice weapon.”
Blanco has started as the leadoff hitter while replacing the injured Angel Pagan and has batted sixth and seventh in the lineup. He’s now 2-for-6 with five RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season.
“It’s hard coming off the bench,” said Gregor. “Every time I see guys on base, I say, ‘you’re the guy to bring them in.’”
The game got a little testy in the second frame when Madison Bumgarner went behind Jesus Guzman at the plate. Both dugouts cleared and order had to be brought back to the field. Though, Bumgarner declined to comment on the incident he did discuss the two home runs he gave up despite a good outing.
“That’s obviously not ideal, but seems like mistakes I made they put good wood on,” Madison said. “They’re hot right now and a scrappy ball club.”
Both Will Venable and Guzman went deep in the third and seventh innings. Bumgarner earned his team leading seventh victory, as he threw 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. This marked the first outing this season that he’s surrendered two home runs (last was Sept 29, 2012 against the Padres).
It’s been a team contribution in these last two wins. Juan Perez had a big game last night. Joaquin Arias extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games, as he went 1-for-4. And Blanco keeps getting better each game.
After being down 2-1, San Francisco rallied back in the seventh. Tony Abreu got things going when he singled and the hits kept coming thereafter. Hector Sanchez singled and Brandon Crawford pinched-run for Sanchez despite his injured finger.
Gregor’s two-run triple gave the Giants a 3-2 lead but it was Marco Scutaro, (who showed no signs of an injured pinkie) that brought in the insurance run. Scutaro’s RBI single extended the lead 4-2. San Diego’s pitcher Eric Stults lasted 6 1/3 innings yielding two earned runs on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Trouble came for the Padres after Stults exit. It was Luke Gregerson that fell apart, giving up three seventh-inning runs and didn’t retire any of the batters he faced. This was the first time this season that Gregerson allowed an inherited runner to score in a game.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen Luke have trouble like he did,” said Eric. “I think it will be a long time until you see it again.”