The San Francisco Giants were able to win back-to-back games at home to beat the Phillies 5-3. The win gives the Giants their first series win since early July and first back to back win at home since June 7th and 8th.
Tim Lincecum received the win today, but he did not have good command at all from the start where in the first inning he walked two and gave up two hits for a run.
Michael Morse extended his streak of reaching base to seven for his last seven at bats after singling to right field in the bottom of the second inning. Andrew Susac followed with a single to center field and Brandon Crawford hit a sharp grounder past Howard that was able to score Morse, but Marlon Byrd made a throwing error to third base as he made an attempt to throw out Susac. As a result Susac was aable to score as the ball got away from Cody Asche giving the Giants a 2-1 lead after two innings.
Lincecum gave up two more hits and allowed two more walks in the third inning to tie the game, as Lincecum failed to have a shutdown inning after the Giants took the lead in the second.
Again in the fifth inning Morse singled extending his streak of getting on base to eight for his last eight at bats. Joe Panik then singled to center, followed by Susac singling right up the middle for an RBI scoring Morse from second base.
Lincecum was able to escape jams in the third, fourth, and fifth inning to keep the Giants in the game before Bruce Bochy ended up pulling Lincecum after the conclusion of the fifth inning. Lincecum’s final line for the day was five innings, seven hits, two runs, four walks, and two strikeouts on 97 pitches.
In the sixth inning Morse (3-3 again today) hit another single to again extend his streak to nine at bats in a row at successfully reaching base.
In the eighth inning Gregor Blanco hit a bloop single, Panik lined a single to right field, and Susac walked. With the bases loaded Crawford hit a sac fly to score Blanco and Joaquin Arias hit a sac fly to score Panik to give the Giants a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning. Santiago Casilla came in for the ninth inning and had a quick one-two-three inning to end the game and seal the win for the Giants.
Unfortunately, good news always seems to come with bad news lately for the Giants as Joe Panik exited the game after the eighth inning with a dislocation of his left pinky finger from a slide at second base in the eighth inning. Hopefully for the Giants it is only a dislocated finger and Panik would only miss a couple games at most. Panik is batting .419 over his last 14 games, so the importance of having Panik in the lineup is apparent to everyone.
The Giants bullpen had a fantastic game today, combining for four innings, no runs, and seven strikeouts.
The Dodgers lost to the Brewers today, so the Giants are now just 3.5 games back in the National League west with six games still remaining against the Dodgers.