San Francisco Giants 6, Cincinnati Reds 5: Angel Pagan sends Giants home happy
The Giants broke a lot of streaks Thursday when Angel Pagan’s three-run home run in the ninth inning gave them a much-needed win over the Reds.
It is the first time the Giants have won in Cincinnati since 2010, a string of seven consecutive loss.
It was the first time this season the Giants won a game in which they trailed after the seventh inning. They were 0-9 in those games.
It was the first time they won when trailing after two innings. They were 0-6 in those games.
It was also the fourth consecutive time the Giants have won a series finale before heading to another city.
“We were just thinking ‘happy flight’,” Pagan said. “It’s a good road trip, I think. Now, we’ve got to go home and take care of business.”
The Giants head home 10-9, which isn’t too terrible considering 13 of their first 19 games were on the road. The old adage is to win at home and split on the road.
Thursday’s win gave the Giants a 4-3 road trip, and they are now 6-7 on the road for the season — 6-4 after that season-opening sweep in Arizona.
Pagan is now hitting .241 with a .277 OBP. Not exactly what you look for from your leadoff guy. But after a very slow start, Pagan has hit safely in 11 straight games, batting .308 over that span. He also hit three home runs on the road trip, from the right side and left.
- Joaquin Arias had a solid debut at the plate after getting called up from Fresno on Wednesday. He went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. His walk started the ninth-inning rally.
- The bottom of the order made contributions. 2B Ryan Theriot went 2 for 3 with a sac fly. He singled after Arias’ walk in the ninth.
- Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
- Santiago Casilla struck out the side in the ninth to record his second save.
The Giants open a nine-game homestand with a 7:15 p.m. game against the Padres on Friday. The Giants haven’t officially named a starter to face San Diego’s Cory Luebke. But Eric Hacker’s agent tweeted Wednesday that his client would get called up Friday to make the start. There are other roster moves the Giants need to make in order for that to happen. We would expect Dan Otero to be sent down and Brian Wilson to be moved to the 60-day DL.