The San Francisco Giants have performed miserably over the last 2.5 months. However, for one night, they snapped out of their funk and put on a show for fans.
Brett Pill racked up four RBI on three hits and a home run, Roger Kieschnick hit two RBI singles in his major league debut and the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2. The Giants lit up Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, who left in the third inning.
San Francisco’s anemic offense had scored 24 runs in the 11 games following the All-Star break, but it broke out tonight. Chad Gaudin backed the offense with a seven-inning gem, one in which he surrendered just one run.
Gaudin also snapped an 0-for-40 funk with a single, and he followed that up with a walk. Every Giant reached base, and two homered. Pill went 3-for-5 with a home run, and Kieschnick went 2-for-5 with a pair of two-strike hits. Brandon Crawford also homered for the Giants, while Chase Utley went deep for the Phillies.
Utley’s home run allowed the Phillies to get to Gaudin early, but he didn’t give up any more than that. Gaudin, Sandy Rosario and Santiago Casilla combined to give up just five hits, and the three allowed the Giants to finally win.
San Francisco, which is 24-44 in its last 68 games, is now 47-59. The team isn’t going to win the NL West, but it can still go on a run and win. If Pill, who has six hits in nine at-bats since getting called up, and Kieschnick, who made his big league debut today, can stay hot, it might ignite the Giants.
And, it could finally allow Giants fans to see a winning team.