Giants snap six-game skid, hold on to edge Snakes

By DANIEL DULLUM
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, June 21, 2014

PHOENIX, Arizona – For the first time in a week, the postgame music returned to the ambiance of the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse.

No dancing or yelling, though – just the quiet confidence that comes from snapping what was, for the National League West-leading Giants, an annoying six-game losing streak.

Eight batters contributed to the Giants’ 12-hit attack as San Francisco outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Saturday night at Chase Field.

“It was a good win for us to break this streak,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said. “Everybody had a hand in it, the back end of the order did a nice job, (Ryan) Vogelsong battled hard out there and the bullpen stepped up and did a real nice job.”

Tyler Colvin drove in three of the San Francisco runs, and Pablo Sandoval drove in two while going 3-for-5. Buster Posey had two hits, as did Hunter Pence, whose 11th home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth inning, landed in the upper deck in left field. Pence’s blast gave the Giants their final margin of victory.

“I’m pretty sure it was a changeup,” Pence said of his home run pitch.

Though the Giants had a two-run cushion going into the bottom of the ninth, there was some drama when, with one out, pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick doubled and Didi Gregorius followed with an infield single off closer Sergio Romo. Gerardo Parra moved the runners up with a groundout to second, bringing D-Backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt to the plate with first base open.

After a brief meeting on the mound, Goldschmidt swung on the first pitch from Romo and sent a line drive to right that hung up long enough for Pence to make the catch, ending the game,

“I was just talking about the situation, and Sergio was aware of it. I just wanted to make sure we’re on the same page,” Bochy said. “You’re in a position where, if you put him on, the guy behind him (Aaron Hill) is having a good day. But he found a way to get it done.

“It was a tough call, putting your pitcher in a tough situation there,” Bochy added. “Sergio wants to go after everybody. That’s his mentality out there.”

Ryan Vogelsong (5-3) worked five innings, giving up five hits, four earned runs and three walks while striking out three to get the win. Jeremy Affeldt, Jean Machi, Santiago Casilla and Romo pitched four scoreless relief innings. Romo picked up his 21st save.

“It was a great collective effort from everybody,” Pence said.

Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy (1-10) got off to a rough start and never recovered McCarthy gave up five earned runs on 10 hits, struck out two, walked one and hit a batter.

San Francisco batted around against McCarthy in the top of the first inning, jumping to a 3-0 lead. With one out, consecutive singles by Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval accounted for the first run, as Pence scored on Sandoval’s RBI single and Posey moved to third on leftfielder David Peralta’s error.

After a sacrifice bunt by Michael Morse moved Sandoval to second, Brandon Crawford was walked. Tyler Colvin followed with a two-RBI single to left-center, driving in Posey and Sandoval.

The Giants made it 4-0 in the second when Posey doubled with two out and scored on Sandoval’s single to center.

Back-to-back doubles by Aaron Hill and Miguel Montero put Arizona on the board in the bottom of the second. Martin Prado’s groundout moved Montero to third, and Peralta followed with a double off the centerfield wall, scoring Montero, cutting the San Francisco lead to 4-2.

The Giants added a run in the fifth when Crawford tripled and scored on Tyler Colvin’s groundout to second, but the Diamondbacks responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Jordan Pacheco – pinch-hitting for McCarthy – doubled, followed by walks issued to Didi Gregorius and Paul Goldschmidt. Aaron Hill hit a two-out single to right-center scoring Pacheco and Gregorius, but was thrown out at second to end the rally.

GIANT JOTTINGS: Giants 1B Michael Morse left the game in the sixth inning due to back tightness. He’s day-to-day. … The Giants have not lost more than six straight games since losing seven in a row June 26-July 10, 2010. … Prior to Saturday’s game, the Giants purchased the contract of INF Joe Panik from Triple-A Fresno. Panik hit .321 with five home runs, 45 runs batted in and 50 runs scored in 74 games with the PCL Grizzlies. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Giants optioned OF Juan Perez to Fresno. … Panik, pinch-hitting for P Jean Machi in the eighth inning, walked in his first major league plate appearance. … U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) was part of the announced crowd of 37,916. … Probable pitchers for Sunday’s series finale are LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-4) for San Francisco against the Diamondbacks’ Mike Bolsinger (1-2). Game time is 1:10 p.m.

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