Pence, Posey and Slater each pickup three hits in 13-8 win

June 11, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) comes into second base on a sacrifice hit, during a MLB baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the San Francisco Giants on ”Dog Days of Summer” at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-What an explosion for the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the seventh inning of their series finale with the Minnesota Twins.

Buster Posey hit a two-run double off of Matt Belisle to score Kelby Tomlinson and Eduardo Nunez and the Giants came back to defeat the Twins 13-8 before a crowd of 41,321, the 519th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

The 13 runs scored by the Giants are a season high, breaking the mark of 10 that they scored in a 10-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on June 2.

Also the 17 hits by the Giants were a season high, bypassing the previous high of 16 that was set on Thursday in their 9-5 10-inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Following the Posey two-run double that gave the Giants the lead for good, Hunter Pence drove in Posey with a double of his own. Pence then scored on a base hit by Austin Slater.

Posey went 3-for-5, as he raised his average to .347 on the season, second in the National League behind Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, who is batting .365.

Pence also went 3-for-5 at the plate for the Giants, who picked up 17 hits on the afternoon against Twins pitching.

Austin Slater also picked up three hits in the game, as he cleared the bases with a triple in the bottom of the eighth inning.

This will be a major-league debut that Nik Turley will never forget for the rest of his life, but the one downfall is that he will not fare in the decision.

Turley went four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, not walking a batter and striking out four

The former Giants farmhand left the game with a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, so he did not go the required five innings to get the decision.

The Twins were attempting to become the first team to sweep the Giants in a three-game series by an American League at AT&T Park since the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim turned the trick from June 15-17, 2009.

Matt Cain lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out one; however, he did not fare in the decision.

Aaron Hill got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tomlinson, who led off the inning with a single. Posey then drove in the second run of the inning, as he drove in Eduardo Nunez after a groundout to Joe Mauer at first base.

Nunez extended his on-base streak up to 26 games, after he singled off of Turley in the bottom of the first inning.

That would be the score for just a half-inning, as the Twins tied up the game in the top of the second, when Eduardo Escobar and Byron Buxton each hit solo home runs off of Cain.

Nick Hundley gave the Giants the lead again in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he singled in Pence.

Unfortunately, for the second time in the game, the lead for the Giants would evaporate after just one-half inning, as the Twins scored three times to retake the lead in the top of the fifth inning.

Robbie Grossman drove in what turned out to be the winning run, as he singled off of Cain to score Brian Dozier and Mauer. Escobar drove in the third run of the inning for the Twins, as he singled to drive in Grossman. It was the second RBI of the game for Escobar, who hit a solo home run to get the Twins on the board in the to get the Twins on the board in the top of the second inning.

The Twins scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning, as Sam Dyson, who was making his Giants debut gave up three runs; however Brian Norris was able to stop the bleeding and the Giants took the finale.

NOTES: After a day-off on Monday, the Giants will open a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals beginning on Tuesday night. Ty Blach will take the mound in the opener for the Giants, while Jason Vargas will take the mound for the Royals, who will be making their first AT&T Park appearance since Game 5 of the 2014 World Series, where the Giants behind Madison Bumgarner shutout the Royals 5-0 on their way to their third World Series championship in five years.

The annual MLB Draft begins on Monday afternoon, and the Giants will have the 19th overall selection in the first round, and the 58th selection in the second round.


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