NL West

San Francisco Grabs Win in Series Opener

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A pumpkin orange full moon rose over McCovey Cove on Thursday night and the Giants rallied for a comeback win over the visiting New York Mets, 10-7.

“I didn’t see that kind of game coming, I don’t think anybody did,” said Giants skipper Bruce Bochy. ”You’ve got two good [pitchers] out there and they just weren’t on top of their game… It was a great job by these guys, fighting off a very good pitcher (Jacob deGrom).”

After cruising through the first three frames, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner suddenly started to struggle. He allowed a leadoff base hit then proceeded to walk the next two batters, loading the bases for Justin Ruggiano. Ruggiano, whose last major league home run come off Bumgarner on Aug 29 of last year, blasted a grand slam over the center field fence. Things weren’t looking good for the G-Men.

But catcher Buster Posey led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single (!) and the Giants strung together four consecutive hits, bringing themselves within a run of tying the game. Then, with Eduardo Nunez standing on third, Bumgarner launched his third home run of the season over the left field fence. It came on a 95 mph fastball from deGrom. If Bumgarner was surprised to see a fastball, he sure didn’t show it.

“I don’t know if anyone’s ever going to say they’re comfortable against [deGrom],” Bumgarner said. “But for whatever reason I was seeing the ball a little better today… I just wanted to shorten up and get those runs in.”

When all was said and done, the Giants had collected eight runs on thirteen hits off of deGrom. Both of those figures are career highs for the fireballing righty, who came into the game sporting a 0.84 ERA against San Francisco.

“Guys are getting their timing and throwing out better at bats,” Bochy said of his offense. “We’re creating those opportunities.”

The middle of the Giants lineup was especially impressive, collecting a combined seventeen hits on the night. Additionally, the bottom four hitters in the San Francisco lineup combined to knock in eight of the Giants’ ten runs.

The San Francisco bullpen did allow New York to score three runs and come within a hit of tying the game in the sixth; however, left fielder Angel Pagan was able to run down a T.J. Rivera line drive on the warning track to end the inning and preserve the lead.

Santiago Casilla then closed the door in the ninth en route to his twenty-seventh save of the season.

When asked what the win does for San Francisco’s confidence moving forward, Bumgarner’s response was candid: “It sure don’t hurt.”

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