Blach shutouts Phillies for first complete game 10-0; Span swings for five hits and Nunez three hits and three RBIs

June 2, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Ty Blach in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By Jeremy Kahn

Ty Blach maybe just a rookie, but this rookie is pitching like the veteran he replaced in the San Francisco Giants starting rotation, Madison Bumgarner.

Blach walked three times during the game, and pitched his first complete game and the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 at Citizens Bank Park.

Denard Span picked up his first five hit game as a member of the Giants, as they opened their six-game road trip with a huge win over the struggling Phillies, who have lost five in a row, dropping 26 out of their 32 and are now a major-league worst 17-35 on the season.

As for Blach, it was just another day at the office for the left-hander, as he threw his first complete game, allowing seven hits, not walking a batter and struck out seven on his way to raising his record to 4-2 on the season.

It was the fourth straight win for Blach, who became the first pitcher since Aaron Cook of the Colorado Rockies on October 1, 2009 against the Milwaukee Brewers to walk three times in the same game.

Eduardo Nunez picked up three hits and drove in three runs for the Giants, who won for the first time since Sunday’s 7-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park, snapping their three-game losing streak.

The Giants led 4-0 by the end of the second inning, as Brandon Crawford hit two sacrifice flies and Nunez came up with a huge two-run double in the sixth, as the Giants blew the game open with a four-run sixth inning.

Not only did Blach walk in his first three at-bats, but he struck out in his final three at-bats against Phillies pitching.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto looks to make it two straight for the Giants, as he takes the mound for a 1:05 (Pacific) start, while the Phillies will right-hander Ben Lively to mound for his major-league debut.

Hunter Pence continues his rehab with Single-A San Jose, and he is 2-for-6 in his first two games.

The contract of Justin Slater was purchased from Triple-A Sacramento, and to make room for Slater, the Giants designated Justin Ruggiano for assignment.

Slater started in right field, and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.


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