San Francisco, CA – The offense has struggled scoring runs for awhile but today it took one player to shoulder the load. Matt Duffy sparked the offense with a two-run homer that was part of a three-hit afternoon. The Giants 6-2 win over the Mariners snapped a nine-game skid at home that was the teams longest since 1940.
“The most important thing today was getting on the board first before them,” said Duffy. “That’s something we haven’t been able to do this past week.”
Buster Posey led off the third with a single and Duffy followed with a two-run homer making it a 2-0 game. San Francisco’s defense stayed the course making it difficult for Seattle to get any runs early. Brad Miller led off the fifth with solo shot on the first pitch. Mike Zunino grounded a single and J.A. Happ grounded a bunt into a double play.
But the call was Happ is safe at first while Zunino was out at second. The Giants challenged the call and after further review, the call was reversed. Bases were cleared and San Francisco extended their lead. Andrew Susac led off the frame with a double and Angel Pagan drove in Susac with a bloop single to right field.
Duffy went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s. He recorded his 6th home run of the season and his third three-hit game of the season. Duffy also singled home a run in the eighth before Casey McGhee drove in two with a double making it a 6-2 game. The Giants offense exploded scoring three runs to secure their win.
“He’s a ballplayer,” San Francisco’s manager Bruce Bochy said. “This kid, runs well, I think he’s getting better and better at third base. I just love the way he competes at the plate.”
Tim Lincecum recorded his seventh win of the season. He gave up two runs and scattered five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Lincecum exit came early in the sixth when retired the first two batters but yielded a single to Kyle Seager, a walk to James Jones and a single to Miller. George Kontos replaced Lincecum on the mound and forced Zunino to fly out to end the threat.
“We’ve been grinding a lot and the beginning of games haven’t been starting very well,” said Lincecum. “It’s fun to watch us fight and battle the way through our way game, especially with all of the stuff we’ve been going through lately.”
Kontos has stranded all 16 runners he’s inherited this season and is one of just three pitchers to have inherited at least 10 runners and allowed none to score. The bullpen shut it down, forcing the Mariners to go hitless over the next three innings. Lincecum didn’t have his best stuff but he got the runs to back him to victory. He walked four batters, struck out three and for the fourth time in five starts he didn’t last six frames.
“Timmy pitched well, and the bullpen, what an incredible job,” said Bochy. “It’s a good win. Believe me, these are tough to go through.”
Bochy and Pagan had to watch the rest of the game from his office and clubhouse. Both were ejected with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck called two strikes and Pagan had a few choice words before being thrown out of the game. Bochy came out to have a talk with Hirschbeck and was also thrown out.
“In a run-one game, you hate to lose your center fielder,” Bochy explained. “”Angel, he’s flowery and competitive, and I guess he was told to stop and he didn’t.”