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By Jeremy Harness
With the exception of the bullpen, which has been outstanding all season, the Giants have been a tough team to figure out. The starters have been inconsistent, and the bats have been the same.
However, they seem to have it figured out for the time being, particularly after a 4-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Wednesday afternoon. After losing two straight series on the road, the Giants swept the two-game series from the Blue Jays and have now won three straight games.
Drew Pomeranz was in complete control of his stuff Wednesday afternoon. He got his first win of the season by giving up only a pair of hits over six innings, walking two and striking out five hitters while throwing only 87 pitches in the process.
Reyes Moronta and Trevor Gott took over for Pomeranz and kept up the stellar bullpen play that has been the staple of the Giants thus far this season. The two hurlers combined to keep Toronto off the scoreboard as well as the bases.
Brandon Belt, the first baseman with the huge hole in his swing, appeared to have that hole covered up on Wednesday, launched a double into the gap in left-center to bring in Steven Duggar in the top of the fourth to open the scoring.
One inning later, Pablo Sandoval launched a solo homer well over the right-field wall against Toronto starter and World Series champion Clay Buchholz. The Giants tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth with RBI doubles by Buster Posey and Evan Longoria.
Kevin Pillar, the former Blue Jay who was greeted with a giant sign that read “Thank You Kevin” as he trotted out to center field for both games, also pitched in a double on Thursday.
Buchholz, meanwhile, was tagged for all four Giants runs on six hits and struck out two batters.