These days, the Giants will take any breaks that come their way. Weak hits, errors, you name it. On Saturday night, the former propelled them to a quick start and eventually, a 6-3 win.
San Francisco scored four runs in the first inning against the rolling Francisco Liriano, who entered the night fresh off a 13-strikeout performance against the Padres.
Buster Posey’s broken bat RBI single started the inning. Brett Pill shortly followed with a swinging bunt. Pablo Sandoval’s ground ball was hit too weakly for the Pirates to turn two. And to cap off the inning, Gregor Blanco dumped a ball into left field.
Tim Lincecum held the 4-0 lead until Tony Sanchez launched his first career home run deep into the left field bleachers. Sanchez later contributed an RBI single that made the score 5-3.
However, the Giants had a response. After Sanchez homered, Hector Sanchez scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the fifth inning. After Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez both collected RBI singles in the sixth, Pablo Sandoval lined a two-out RBI single into right field in the bottom half of the frame.
Lincecum’s high pitch count allowed him to log just 5.1 innings. He was taken out in the sixth inning after issuing a walk and double. Jose Mijares couldn’t help Lincecum out, as he allowed an RBI single to Gaby Sanchez, and Jean Machi allowed Tony Sanchez’s single to plate a run.