Behind two ninth inning home runs off the bats of Xavier Nady and Hunter Pence, the Giants came from behind to beat the Padres, 7-5. In their past 11 road series, the Giants are 10-0-1 after struggling on the road during the first half of the season.
The headline was Tim Lincecum struggling once again. Lincecum allowed four runs over six innings. While he only allowed three hits, three of them were big flys which was the most concerning part of his sub-par performance.
After breezing through the first two innings, Logan Forsythe smacked a two-run shot in the third. In the fourth, Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run, and an inning later Chase Headley joined the fun by hitting smacking his 31st home run of the year to extend the Padres lead to three.
Batting third, Aubrey Huff drove in a run in the first inning with a weak groundout to the shortstop. The very wild Edinson Volquez walked three batters. In spite of that, San Francisco wasn’t able to cash in on his free passes, stranding eight runners on base. They did, however, cash in on one of Volquez’s three walks in the fourth inning, scoring on Gregor Blanco’s bases loaded walk. Volquez was summoned at the start of the fifth inning with a shoulder issue.
Down three runs, the Giants began a rally in the eighth. They stringed together three straight base runners to score on Brandon Belt’s broken bat single. Hector Sanchez followed Belt with a single to load the bases up for Brandon Crawford. Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to score Pence from third. However, the Padres brought in Dale Thayer, and he struck out two straight batters to end the threat.
The Giants weren’t done yet, however.
With one out in the ninth, Nady launched a solo home run to tie the game at five. It was his first home run in a Giants’ uniform, and a much needed home run after getting robbed of one on Saturday night. Following a similar script, a batter later, Pence crushed a go-ahead two-run homer to give the Giants the lead.
Lincecum finished his outing with two walks and four strikeouts. His final regular season ERA barring any tuneup innings against the Dodgers will remain at 5.19.