Giants Huff and puff way to 6-1 start
Giants 9, Pirates 3
Winning pitcher: Barry Zito (2-0)
Giant HR: Bengie Molina (1)
Record: 6-1, first place in NL West, 1.5 games ahead of Arizona
There wasn’t much Giant fans couldn’t like about Monday’s win over the Pirates at AT&T Park.
Barry Zito had another quality start, Bengie Molina was 4 for 4 with a walk, Pablo Sandoval 3 for 4. But if there is one Giant we’d like to shine a spotlight on, it is Aubrey Huff.
Huff finished 2 for 2 with a walk and he was hit by a pitch twice.
In the first inning after Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria reached and Pablo Sandoval popped out, Huff was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mark DeRosa followed with a two-run single, and Molina singled home Huff for a 3-0 lead. It was the fifth 3-run inning for the Giants in just the seventh game of the season.
Huff was on first base and Sandoval on second after Huff was hit by a pitch again. Mark DeRosa hit a liner to Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche, who doubled Sandoval off second. If not for Huff’s alert baserunning, the Pirates may have turned a triple play.
When Molina followed with a double, Huff rambled around the bases to score.
In the sixth, the Giants mounted another two-out rally when Huff hammered the ball into triples alley for a triple, scoring Sandoval.
Huff is hitting .280 on the season with no home runs and RBI. But with his four walks and now two HBP, Huff’s on-base percentage is .419. He has only struck out twice. His professional approach at the plate hopefully will have a positive effect on the lineup.