Sep 4, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) watches his third home run of the game during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Sandoval's 3-Homer Game Powers Giants Past Padres

The last time Pablo Sandoval belted three homers in a game, the San Francisco Giants were enjoying happy times.

This year, the Giants aren’t going to enjoy an October run, and this year, things are a bit different. However, there’s no denying that the Giants are happy about Sandoval’s game and the offense’s performance today.

Sandoval crushed three homers in the last five innings of San Francisco’s win, powering the Giants past the anemic San Diego Padres. Tim Lincecum undeservedly had five runs charged to his name, but he earned the win thanks to an offensive outburst.

Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford and Hector Sanchez also homered, giving the Giants their first five-homer game since September 18, 2011 and their first four-homer game all season. Eric Stults surrendered three homers, and Brad Brach, Brad Boxberger and Dale Thayer surrendered one homer each .

Michael Kickham, Santiago Casilla, Jean Machi and Sandy Rosario combined to pitch 3.1 perfect innings. Jose Mijares let both of Lincecum’s runners score with a dismal performance in the sixth inning, but the four relievers who followed him were stellar.

The Giants have the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers on the calendar next. They will try to improve upon their 4-5 record on this last road trip, one where they stayed in last place (they are tied for fourth with the Padres).

In other words, while the road trip was bad, it ended well.

Tags: Pablo Sandoval San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum

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