The San Francisco Giants got some significant contributions from their pitch on Saturday afternoon.
Gregor Blanco’s pinch-hit three-run double in the fifth inning broke the game open, as the Giants cruised to a 10-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Pablo Sandoval ignited San Francisco’s scoring outburst with a solo home run with two outs in the first inning.
Braves starter Paul Maholm surrendered a hit in each of the first five innings, including Brandon Crawford’s RBI double with two outs in the fourth inning. Considering how stingy Maholm has been against left-handers (lefties entered Saturday with a .082 batting average against him), Crawford’s knock was somewhat of a rarity.
Maholm endured a much tougher fifth inning, though. After driving in a run with an RBI single in the top of the inning, Maholm allowed four runs in the fifth. Marco Scutaro got things started with a sinking line drive that right fielder Justin Upton could not corral. Scutaro easily coasted into third base with his second triple of the year. Maholm hit Sandoval. Then, Buster Posey doubled to score one run.
Maholm walked Hunter Pence intentionally before being removed in favor of Cory Gearrin. Blanco’s ensuing triple charged Maholm with three more runs.
The bench contributions continued in the eighth inning when Blanco tripled home his fourth run of the game, a career- high. And Brandon Belt, pinch-hitting for Sandoval, lined a sharply hit two-run single up the middle to make the score 10-1. Guillermo Quiroz also joined the fun with a RBI double that scored Blanco.
Bumgarner sat in unfamiliar territory with a huge cushion. In his previous four starts, he had only received four runs of support. Saturday, obviously, he received more than enough runs.
Bumgarner struck out a season-high 11 batters over seven innings. He yielded only four hits, walked two and struck out at least one batter in each of the seven innings he pitched. The Giants appealed three of the five earned runs Bumgarner gave up in his last start, but they have yet to hear back. So for now, his ERA is 2.18.