Gregor Blanco is the latest hero for the San Francisco Giants.
Blanco’s pinch-hit, two-run triple propelled the Giants past the San Diego Padres. San Francisco picked up a series win after falling behind early on two solo shots by Will Venable in the second and Jesus Guzman in the seventh. Both blasts led off the innings.
Guzman’s blast off Madison Bumgarner came after the southpaw threw a fastball behind him. There was intent behind it. After Guzman hit a two-run homer on Tuesday night, he walked up the line, holding his bat. He then turned to the Padres dugout and celebrated with a series of jumping motions.
Apparently, and to no surprise, the Giants took notice. The benches cleared momentarily, but no ejections were issued.
Guzman entered Wednesday with 11 hits in 26 career at-bats against Bumgarner. His seventh-inning home run bolsterd those stats, and he drove Bumgarner’s fastball to the warning track just moments after the altercation.
Guzman’s home run put the Padres up 2-1 until the Giants scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Tony Abreu and Hector Sanchez both singled off Eric Stults. Padres manager Bud Black then called on Luke Gregerson, but Gregerson surrendered three consecutive hits, including Blanco’s two-run triple. Marco Scutaro added an RBI single on the first pitch he saw from Gregerson.
Tyson Ross cleaned up Gregerson’s mess, striking out all five batters he faced.
Venable’s third-inning home run put the Padres up 1-0, but Brandon Belt erased the deficit with an RBI single in the fourth.