May 2013

Phillies 6, Giants 2: Cliff Lee stymies every Giant except Hunter Pence

Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee, left, walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, right, in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, May 6, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Philadelphia Phillies’ Cliff Lee, left, walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, right, in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, May 6, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Hunter Pence must have been fired up to face his former teammates. The Giants outfielder went 3 for 3 with a double and home run against Cliff Lee on Monday.

Unfortunately, Pence was the only Giant who figured out Lee on Monday. Lee pitched eight solid innings Monday night to improve to 4-0 at AT&T Park — well, at least in the regular season.

And so ends the Giants’ six-game winning streak.

You know how 17 of the Giants’ 19 wins this season have required a save or a walk-off win? Well, the losses have come in similar fashion. Monday’s loss was only the fourth this season by the opposition that didn’t require a save or walk-off hit.

That means that 36 of the Giants’ 42 to games this season have been decided by three runs or fewer. Monday’s game almost became game No. 37, but the Phillies tacked on a run in the ninth.

Madison Bumgarner had his worst outing of the season. He danced through trouble in the first and second innings, which came back to bit him when Michael Young delivered a two-run double in the second. His two walks came in the first two innings, contributing to his troubles. He also had two wild pitches, one resulting in a run.

Bumgarner, who entered the game with 1.55 ERA, left it with a 2.31 ERA. However, that could change.

Interestingly, the Giants are appealing a ruling by the official scorer, seeking to change Eric Kratz’s infield single to error.

With a runner on first and no outs in the second, Kratz hit a bouncer up the middle that Marco Scutaro gloved behind second base. In his haste to try to turn two, he attempted to flip the ball to Brandon Crawford with his glove. The ball fell to the ground and both runners were safe.

The play was originally ruled an error, then later changed to an infield hit.

MoreSplashHits reviewed the play, and it was indeed an error. If Scutaro reaches into his glove and makes the feed to Crawford with his right hand, they get the force at second, but probably not the double play. Scutaro’s effort to make a quicker feed to keep the double play possible resulted in the errant feed. Error.

However, as CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reported, the league rarely overturns the ruling of the official scorer, even if he’s wrong.

In another odd stat, the Giants did not leave a runner on base the entire game. It’s the first time they’ve done that since 2008. The Giants had five hits and no walks. Two of the hits led to runs (both by Pence). The other three were erased on double plays.

San Francisco Giants Week 6 preview: vs. Phillies, vs. Braves

The Giants went 6-0 last week, leaving them 19-12 for the season, 1st in the NL West , 1 game behind of the Rockies.

  • Monday: W, 6-4 vs. Diamondbacks; WP: Machi (1-0); HR: Belt (2).
  • Tuesday: W, 2-1 vs. Diamondbacks; WP: Rosario (1-0); HR: Sandoval (4).
  • Wednesday: W, 9-6 vs. Diamondbacks; WP: Kontos (2-1); HR: Pagan (1), Pence (5), Belt (3).
  • Thursday: idle.
  • Friday: W, 2-1 vs. Dodgers; WP: Romo (2-2); HR: Posey (4).
  • Saturday: W 10-9, vs. Dodgers; WP: Casilla (3-2); HR: Torres (1), Quiroz (1)
  • Sunday: W, 4-3 vs. Dodgers; WP: Cain (1-2).

Six wins, five come-from-behind wins and one hang-on-to-win. Lots of excitement (maybe too much). Brandon Belt’s two-run single in the eighth, Pablo Sandoval’s two-run homer in the ninth, Belt’s three-run homer in the eighth, Buster Posey’s walk-off homer in the ninth, Guillermo Quiroz’s walk-off homer in the 10th, Hunter Pence’s four-RBI game.

PHILLIES (14-18) AT GIANTS

  • Monday: Phillies (Lee 2-2) at Giants (Bumgarner 3-0), 7:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Phillies (Kendrick 3-1) at Giants (Lincecum 2-1), 7:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Phillies (Pettibone 2-0) at Giants (Barry Zito 3-1), 12:45 p.m.

We can tell you this much about the opener to this series: expect a low-scoring game. Bumgarner has a 1.55 ERA, but he has no decision in his last three starts. Why? The Giants don’t like scoring runs for him. When he’s left his last three starts, the score has been phillies2-2, 1-1 and 1-1. The Giants have given him 2.83 runs of support. But the Phillies have give Cliff Lee 2.67 runs of support. Bumgarner is 1-1 with 2.57 ERA in two starts vs. the Phillies. However, Lee is 4-0 with 0.63 ERA in 5 starts vs. the Giants (that doesn’t include Game 1 of 2010 World Series). It does include his 10 shutout innings in a game at AT&T Park last year (that the Phillies eventually lost in 12). … The Giants went 4-2 against the Phillies last year, winning 2 of 3 at hom and 2 of 3 in Philly.

BRAVES (18-12) at GIANTS

  • Thursday: Braves (Teheran 1-0) at Giants (Vogelsong 1-2), 7:15 p.m. MLB Network
  • Friday: Braves (Hudson 4-1) at Giants (Cain 1-2), 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: Braves (Maholm 3-3) at Giants (Bumgarner 3-0), 1:05 p.m., MLB Network
  • Sunday: Braves (Medlen 1-4) at Giants (Lincecum 1-2), 1:05 p.m.

bravesGiants won 4 of 7 games vs. the Braves last season, splitting a four-game set in San Francisco in August. … The Braves are second in the NL in home runs. They face Cain on Sunday, who has surrendered nine homers this season. … Catcher Brian McCann comes off the DL this week, but Justin Heyward remains on the DL. … The Braves opened the season 12-1, but have gone 6-11 since then. They’ve lost 7 of their last 10.

San Francisco Giants player of the week for Week 5: Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo

You go 6-0 during the week, and you’re going to have a ton of player-of-the-week candidates.

Last week, the Giants had Marco Scutaro (.500/.591/.667), Pablo Sandoval (.391/.423/.565), Hunter Pence (.320/.333/.560) and Buster Posey (.316/.500/.579).

But all of those late-inning home runs and come-from-behind victories wouldn’t be possible unless you have a lock-down closer to complete the victory.

So that’s why we’re going with Sergio Romo as our San Francisco Giants’ player of the week for Week 5.

Romo made five appearance in the six games last week, earning four saves and a win. He did not allow a run in five innings of work, nor did he allow a walk. He gave up just three hits, while striking out five.

Romo has 12 saves on the season with a miniscule 0.83 WHIP to go with his 1.72 ERA.

Giants 4, Dodgers 3: Is Matt Cain back or do the Dodgers just stink that bad?

San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain tips his cap to fans as he leaves the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning, Sunday, May 5, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain tips his cap to fans as he leaves the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning, Sunday, May 5, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers on Sunday night with a 4-3 win. But what’s more important — alright, at least AS important — is that Matt Cain got his first win of the year.

Cain pitched 7.1 innings, giving up one run on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4. It was his walk to Matt Kemp in the eighth that led to his exit after 109 pitches. When three relievers could not prevent Kemp from eventually scoring, that’s when Cain picked up his lone earned run.

For only the third time in seven starts this season, Cain did not allow a home run. Not too surprising since eight of the nine homers Cain has allowed have come on the road.

But it’s also important to note because prior to Sunday’s start, 14 of the previous 17 runs Cain had allowed had scored via the home run. His ERA this season on balls that did not leave the yard: 2.57 — and that includes the disastrous nine-run inning against the Cardinals on April 7.

So the morale to the story is: If Cain can keep from giving up the long ball, he’s the Matt Cain we’ve all grown to know and love.

Or is it something else? Could it be, perhaps, the Dodgers?

Consider this: Cain’s ERA this season in two starts against Big Blue: 0.68 in 13.1 innings. Against everyone else: 7.85 in 28.2 innings.

We may get a better idea after his next start, which is slated for Friday at home against the Braves, who ranked second in the NL in home runs.

After that, his next start comes against the Rockies. Colorado leads the NL in home runs, and the game will be played in Coors Field.

Here’s a breakdown of Cain’s starts this season, courtesy of Baseball Reference

Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA Entered Exited
1 237 1 Apr 1 SFG @ LAD L,0-4 GS-6 99 6.0 4 0 0 1 8 0 1 0.00 1b start tie 6b 3 out tie
2 238 6 Apr 7 SFG STL L,3-14 GS-4 L(0-1) 5 3.2 7 9 9 2 2 0 0 8.38 1t start tie 4t 1-3 2 out d5
3 239 11 Apr 12 SFG @ CHC L,3-4 GS-7 4 7.0 7 2 2 2 6 2 0 5.94 1b start tie 7b 3 out d2
4 240 16 Apr 18 SFG @ MIL L,2-7 GS-6 L(0-2) 5 6.0 7 7 7 0 4 3 1 7.15 1b start tie 6b 3 out d6
5 241 21 Apr 23 SFG ARI L,4-6 GS-6 4 6.0 5 4 3 1 6 1 0 6.59 1t start tie 6t 3 out d4
6 242 26 Apr 29 SFG @ ARI W,6-4 GS-6 5 6.0 5 4 4 4 6 3 0 6.49 1b start a 2 6b 3 out tie
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA Entered Exited
7 243 31 May 5 SFG LAD W,4-3 GS-8 W(1-2) 5 7.1 5 1 1 3 4 0 0 5.57 1t start tie 8t 1– 1 out a4
SFG 42.0 40 27 26 13 36 9 2 5.57
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/6/2013.

Giants 10, Dodgers 9 (10 inn): Even when expecting the unexpected, Giants fans get another surprise

San Francisco Giants' Guillermo Quiroz celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a walkoff home run in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, May 4, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco Giants’ Guillermo Quiroz celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a walkoff home run in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, May 4, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Really, we should be immune to the San Francisco Giants’ flair for the dramatic. But then they do something we just didn’t see coming.

Duane Kuiper said it best: “You think you know, but you just don’t know.”

After Hunter Pence struck out to open the bottom of the 10th inning, manager Bruce Bochy sent Guillermo Quiroz to the play to face Brandon League. Quiroz was the Giants’ last available position player on the bench.

After loading the bases with one out in the ninth and failing to score with their best hitter at the plate — Buster Posey grounded into a double play — it didn’t look promising in the 10th with one out and Quiroz at the plate.

Then the reserve catcher who only had eight plate appearances so far this season served a League pitch into the left-field bleachers for the second game-winning home run in as many nights.

It was only Quiroz’s third career home run in 110 big-league games spanning over nine seasons from 2004-2013. He hadn’t homered in a big-league game since 2008.

It was the Giants’ fifth consecutive victory — including the last four in which the Giants hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later:

  1. Tuesday, Pablo Sandoval, two-run HR, 9th inning vs. Arizona
  2. Wednesday, Belt, three-run HR, 8th inning vs. Arizona
  3. Friday, Buster Posey, solo HR, 9th inning vs. LA Dodgers
  4. Saturday, Guillermo Quiroz, solo HR, 10th inning vs. LA Dodgers

OTHER WILD NOTES FROM SATURDAY

  • The Giants looked as if they were headed to an easy win as they took a 5-0 lead after three innings thanks to Ryan Vogelsong’s first start of the season in which he opened with three scoreless innings. After the Dodgers scored a run in the fourth, the Giants responded to take a 6-1. Then the Dodgers tallied for seven runs in the fifth.
  • As bad a seven-run inning looks, Vogelsong did not get help from his defense. Shortstop Brandon Crawford double-clutched on a potential double-play ball, resulting in only one out. If the Giants turn two there, the Dodgers likely score only one run that inning.
  • With the seven-run fifth on Saturday, it means the Giants have surrendered at five-run inning (Rockies), six-run inning (Padres), seven-run inning (Dodgers), eight-run inning (Brewers) and nine-run inning (Cardinals) this season.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1: On Metallica Night, Buster Posey hits last pitch off to never never land

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Friday night started in rocking fashion with members of the band Metallica performing the National Anthem. Afterall, it was Metallica Night.

The Giants helped celebrate the night by mocking up Giants players as hard rockers on the stadium scoreboard.

Then it was Buster Posey delivering the final encore by leading off the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run over the left-field fence for a 2-1 victory over the hated Dodgers.

And it was just another dramatic finish fed by more unlikely series of events. Consider …

  • The walk-off home run was the first in the career of Buster Posey. In fact, it was his first walk-off hit of any kind.
  • The home run came off Ronald Belisario, who Posey had gone 0 for 6 with five strikeouts before Friday’s blast.
  • The Giants won despite another shutdown performance against them by Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
  • The Dodgers scored one run on 11 hits and SEVEN walks. They stranded 13 and hit into three double plays.
  • The Dodgers lost despite putting the leadoff runner on base in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings. They put runners on first and second with no outs in the second and third, and didn’t score either time.
  • That run was the first allowed at home this season by Barry Zito. His ERA at home this season sits at 0.35.
  • The Dodgers’ lone run probably should have been prevented. With Kershaw on third and one out in the fifth, Nick Punto grounded into the hole at short. Joaquin Arias’ best play would have been to simply stop the ball and prevent Kershaw from scoring. Instead, he tried to glove the ball with a slide in an effort to get off a throw to first and ended up missing the ball. It went for an RBI single. The next batter, Matt Kemp, grounded into an inning-ending double play.
  • It was the seventh time that the Giants have hit a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later this season. They’ve only hit 22 home runs all season, fourth fewest in the NL (The Dodgers have the second fewest with 20; apparently money doesn’t buy home runs, either).
  • To add injury to insult for the Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez, who just made his season-debut earlier this week after a stint on the DL, went back on the DL Saturday morning after pulling his hamstring trying to from first to third on a single. Hunter Pence threw him out.
  • That was the second consecutive game at AT&T Park that Ramirez had to exit early because of an injury. The previous game came in the World Baesball Classic.

San Francisco Giants Friday Farm Report: Francisco Peguero gets the call-up

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When Francisco Peguero did not appear in Thursday’s Fresno Grizzlies game against Sacramento, speculation grew that he was about to be called up to the Giants.

The speculation became reality when the Giants called up the outfielder and sent catcher Hector Sanchez down on Friday. They also activated pitcher Jeremy Affeldt off the DL and sent pitcher Sandy Rosario back to Fresno.

Peguero nearly made the Giants’ roster out of spring training and continued his hot hitting at Fresno until he hurt shoulder trying to make a diving catch on April 13.

After sitting out almost two weeks, Peguero returns to the lineup and picked up where he left off, batting 12 for 27 (.444) with two HRs, four doubles and 7 RBI in the seven games since returning. He’s hitting .415 on the season.

Brett Pill also made a good chase for a promotion. He went 10 for 25 (.400) with a home run and 9 RBI over the past week, extending his current hitting streak to 13 games. He’s hitting .367 with 6 HR and 30 RBI, and has limited his strikeouts to 15 in 90 ABs this season.

FRESNO (AAA)

  • OF GARY BROWN: Brown had a nice game Thursday, going 2 for 5 with a double and two runs, plus he threw a runner out at home. But that game followed five consecutive hitless games and he’s still hitting .183 on the season.
  • RHP BOOF BONSER: The veteran pitcher has been the Grizzlies’ most consistent starter. He’s allowed two runs in 11 innings in his past two starts.
  • RHP JAKE DUNNING: The reliever has allowed one run in 4.2 innings over three starts in the past week, dropping his ERA to 2.08.

RICHMOND (AA)

  • SS JOE PANIK: The 2011 first-round pick continues to swing the bat well. He went 8 for 23 (.348) with three doubles over the past week. He’s hitting .301 with a .395 OBP on the season.
  • C ANDREW SUSAC: The catcher is on a eight-game hitting streak. He is 8 for 22 (.364) over the past week with two home runs. He’s hitting .297 with a .388 OBP on the season.
  • RHP JUSTIN FITZGERALD: Fitzgerald continues to have an outstanding season. He gave up one earned run over seven innings in his most recent outing. He’s 2-0 with 1.38 ERA with 35 K and 8 BB in 26 IP this season.

SAN JOSE (High-A)

  • OF DEVIN HARRIS: Harris was named the California League offensive player of the week for the week ending April 28. He hit 6 HRs with 16 RBI for the week of April 22-28. Not bad for a 48th-round pick in 2010. He’s hitting .307 with 9 HR and 26 RBI on the season.
  • 2B RYAN CAVAN: Cavan went 12 for 28 (.429) over the past week, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He’s hitting .362 with a .405 OBP on the season.
  • 1B ANGEL VILLALONA: Villalona continues to progress, going 7 for 20 (.350) over the past week. He’s up to .223 on the season.
  • RHP CLAYTON BLACKBURN: Blackburn had his worst start of the season, giving up 4 runs in 6 innings in a no-decision. He’s still 2-0 with 2.57 ERA and 33 Ks and 4 BB in 28 IP.
  • LHP EDWIN ESCOBAR: Escobar also has a great strikeout/ball rate. He struck out 8 in six innings in his last outing as well. He’s 0-0 with 2.16 ERA and 37 Ks and 5 BB in 25 IP.

AUGUSTA (Low-A)

  • 3B MITCHELL DELFINO: After the Green Jackets went most of April with no home runs, Delfino homered in back-to-back games last week. He went 9 for 24 (.375) over the past week.
  • OF JESUS GALINDO: The speedy outfielder went 8 for 21 (.381) with seven runs over the past week. He is 15 for 18 on stolen base attempts.

2013 San Francisco Giants: Are they clutch or living dangerously?

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, right, gets a high-five from bench coach Ron Wotus after Belt hits a 3-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Phoenix.  The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 9-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt, right, gets a high-five from bench coach Ron Wotus after Belt hits a 3-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Phoenix. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 9-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Giants announcer Duane Kuiper said it best after Brandon Belt’s go-ahead three-run homer in a 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

“And the Giants have done it again.”

Some Giants fans have tried to attach the “torture” label on the 2013 Giants. But this team is much different from the 2010 team which inspired the label.

The 2010 team didn’t score a lot and pitched really well. That meant they played a lot of close games. But they were different than this year. The Giants had a narrow lead late, then would torture fans by barely holding onto those leads.

Even though the 2013 team has also played a ton of close games, because the team’s starting pitching has been so shaky, they find themselves having to rally late.

It’s torture when you’re team has a narrow lead and struggles to hang onto it. When your team is behind, there’s a feeling that they’ll probably lose. When they end up winning, it’s a bonus.

The Giants are becoming so proficient at these late-game comebacks, it’s almost becoming expected. Almost.

“We believe somebody’s going to do it,” Belt said, “and somebody does it. It’s amazing.”

Belt’s home run was the Giants’ ninth this season in the eighth or ninth innings. When you consider that the Giants have hit 21 total home runs, that’s an impressive percentage.

Even more impressive is that six of those nine home runs either tied the game or gave the Giants the lead. Five of those home runs have come against the Diamondbacks bullpen.

“These guys have been amazing,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’re not base hits. We need the long ball, and they’re coming through.”

It’s interesting to look at the numbers on the Giants’ late-game performances.

The Giants have hit 12 home runs in innings 1-7, and 9 in innings 8-9. The Giants homer once every 68 plate appearances in innings 1-7. They average a home run every 24 PAs in innings 8-9. In the ninth inning alone, the rate drops to one every 19.4 PAs.

Yet the Giants hit better earlier in the game — they hit .268 in innings 1-3, .266 in innings 4-6, but only .240 in innings 7-9.

However, they are more aggressive and efficient on the basepaths. They have seven steals in 10 attempts in innings 1-6, but 8 for 8 in innings 7-9.

They’ve also feasted on relievers. They have 11 home runs in 706 PAs against starting pitchers (1 every 64); 10 home runs in 358 PAs vs. relievers (1 every 36).

So are the Giants clutch or living dangerously?

Well, both. They’re living dangerously because their starting pitching has been putting them in bad situations, except when Madison Bumgarner starts. In those cases, they don’t score runs.

When MadBum starts, the Giants have scored 3, 4, 3, 3, 2 and 2. And not all of those runs were scored when MadBum was still in the game.

While it would be nice to win a game 6-1, that requires the starters — other than just MadBum — to keep the other team off the board.

But it’s nice to know that there is no quit in the 2013 Giants.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1: Some more late-inning power bites Snakes

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run as Arizona Diamondbacks Martin Prado looks on during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run as Arizona Diamondbacks Martin Prado looks on during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Giants have hit just 18 home runs this season, second fewest among NL teams (and with Giancarlo Stanton going to be sidelined for a while, the Marlins don’t  figure to add many to their total of 12).

But don’t tell the Arizona Diamondbacks about the Giants’ power shortage. Because against Arizona, it seems whenever the Giants need a big blast they’ve got one.

For the fourth time in five games this season against the Diamondbacks, the Giants have hit a home run in the eighth or ninth innings to erase a deficit.

  • On April 22, Buster Posey hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game 4-4. The Giants would win the next inning 5-4.
  • On April 23 vs. Arizona, Brandon Belt hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie game 4-4. Arizona would wind up winning in the 11th, 6-4
  • On April 24 vs. Arizona, Brandon Crawford hits a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie game 2-2. Arizona would win the game 3-2 in the 10th.

So when Josh Wilson hit a solo home run, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth of Tuesday, the stage was set for some more late-inning thunder from the Giants.

And thankfully, they got some help from Arizona manager Kirk Gibson.

Gibson actually pulled a Bochy.

After Wilson’s home run off Santiago Casilla in the eighth gave Arizona the lead, Gibson opted to let pitcher Trevor Cahill hit for himself with one out in the eighth.

Despite holding a narrow 1-0 lead, the move appeared to be a sound one as Cahill was shutting out the Giants on three hits and he had only thrown 82 pitches through eight innings.

Angel Pagan led off the ninth and worked the count full on Cahill before shooting a single into right field. That led Gibson to come get Cahill and bring in J.J. Putz.

“I didn’t want him to take the loss,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “I had confidence in my closer and it didn’t work out.”

Thanks a lot, Gibby.

Pagan stole second, Marco Scutaro struck out, then Pablo Sandoval hammered a Putz pitch deep over the wall in right center for a 2-1 Giants led.

Sergio Romo would come in and set the Diamondbacks down in order in the ninth for his 10th save of the season.

It game the Giants their 15th win in April. If the Giants win 15 games every month, they’ll win 90 games for the season. So the blast ended April on a positive note. It gives the Giants the chance to salvage the road trip with a 3-3 mark with a win Wednesday. And it means they didn’t completely squander seven shutout innings from Madison Bumgarner, who lowered his ERA 1.55.

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