San Francisco Giants Power Past Padres Behind Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey


Madison Bumgarner ran his scoreless streak in Cactus League play to 17 innings and Buster Posey blasted a second-inning grand slam as the San Francisco Giants pounded the San Diego Padres Thursday night at Peoria Sports Complex.

Bumgarner (3-0) worked seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing only five hits and a walk. The Giants’ Opening Day starter has not allowed a run all spring.

After San Francisco (12-9) put a couple of runs on the board against San Diego starter Andrew Cashner (2-1) in the first, Posey helped the Giants pull away in the second.

Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a double to right and one out later Bumgarner reached on an error by Padre shortstop Everth Cabrera. Gregor Blanco followed with a line single to right to score Crawford and give the Giants a 3-0 lead. After a strikeout by Brandon Belt, Pablo Sandoval singled to load the bases and Posey rifled an opposite-field shot to right for his second homer of the spring and a 7-0 Giants lead.

San Francisco got the scoring started in the first on an RBI double by Sandoval and a run-scoring single by Hunter Pence.

Joaquin Arias drove in a run with a single in the fourth that put the Giants up 8-0 and they went up 11-0 in the ninth on a bases-loaded double by Hector Sanchez.

San Diego (6-12) got to reliever Javier Lopez in the ninth. Jedd Gyorko got the Padres on the board with an RBI groundout after Jace Peterson lined a triple to center and Kyle Blanks smacked a two-run homer.

Juan Gutierrez worked a perfect eighth for the Giants, striking out one, but Lopez was roughed up for three runs on four hits and a walk while getting two outs in the ninth. George Kontos came on to get the last out.

San Francisco had 14 hits, with Pence notching three and Sandoval and Posey getting two apiece.

The Giants return to Scottsdale Stadium Friday, hosting the Oakland Athletics at 6:35 p.m. Pacific. San Francisco has six games left in Arizona before returning to the Bay Area for the Bay Bridge Series to wrap up the exhibition season against the A’s that starts on Thursday.

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