Post-Game Recap: Giants Sweep the Doubleheader

(Flickr/Linsey)

Madison Bumgarner made his first start against the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader tonight. And it was a good one. The Giants completed the doubleheader sweep with a score of 6-1.

For the second time today, the Giants came out swinging in the first inning. CF Gregor Blanco led off with a single, followed by a towering Pandamode HR from Pablo Sandoval for two runs. Nate Schierholtz continued his day’s hot streak with a triple*, followed by a sac fly from Hector Sanchez for another run.

*Nate would finish the game 3 for 5, and 6 for 10 for the day.

Of note, Sandoval extended his season-starting hit streak to 16, tying Willie Mays’ team record set in 1960. The Panda also has the longest current hit streak in the majors.

The Giants scored another 2 runs in the 4th inning, when Blanco’s fly ball to LF went into Jason Bay’s glove, but then right back out as Bay fell over, scoring Brett Pill and Emmanuel Burriss. When I was an assistant coach for my girls t-ball teams, I always told the kids that when the ball goes in the glove, you close the glove. Or, as we put it: “When the fish goes in the mouth, the croc snaps its jaws shut.” AND THAT’S WHY YOU DO THAT, JASON BAY.

The Mets didn’t score until the bottom of the 4th, when Justin Turner’s single scored David Wright. That would be the Mets’ only run until the bottom of the 8th inning.

Hector Sanchez hit his first HR in the major leagues, when he crushed a shot to RF to score two in the 7th inning. He was pretty excited:

Or, in other words:

I kind of like the first one better. “Jonron” is a great word.

Bumgarner pitched a great game through 7 innings, until he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the 8th. He finished with just 3 hits, 1 run, 2 BB and 4 K. A great outing for the MadBum. Watching him pitch made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

And then Javier Lopez came in the bottom of the 8th, and all those good feelings were gone.  2 hits, 2 walks, 1 out (sac fly) and 1 run later, with the bases loaded, Lopez finally left the game. Clay Hensley cleaned up after Lopez, inducing a pop-up and strike-out to end the inning. Santiago Casilla closed the game out with 3 ground-outs, allowing just one single.

The Giants played another error free game (yes, this is a significant event). Although there were no plays to rival the defensive wizardry of the first game of the doubleheader, in the bottom of the 2nd Brandon Crawford showed off some more of his sweet D by picking a grounder that bounced between Bumgarner’s legs and still getting the out at 1B.

Aubrey Huff did not play in either game today. Per Baggs, he left the team to take care of a family emergency (as conveyed to Bochy by text this morning). No word yet on when he might return or what the nature of the emergency may be.

Looking forward: Word is that Freddy Sanchez is penciled in to return to the team on May 11 (at Arizona). He went 1 for 3 with the San Jose Giants tonight as the DH. He’ll likely play DH for another game before heading out into the field with his shoulder to play 2B.

Next up? Cincinnati Reds, with Mat Latos facing off against Matt Cain on Tuesday. May the Matt with the most Ts in his first name win!

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