Aug 22, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) celebrates with Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) and Giants left fielder Michael Morse (38) after hitting a three- run home run against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at Nationals Park. The Giants won 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Panik Leads Giants Past Red-Hot Nationals

Joe Panik led the San Francisco Giants to a convincing 10-3 win over the Nationals to end Washinton’s 10-game winning streak.

Joe Panik finished the night 4-for-5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored. He also hit his first-career big league home run in the fourth inning with two on and two out. His home run gave San Francisco their first lead of the night after being down 2-0 and would not relinquish it afterwards. Here’s a recap of his night from MLB.com.

Also doing well with the bat tonight for the Giants was Buster Posey as he went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the sixth and an RBI-double in the ninth. He also had a nice defensive play where he picked off Bryce Harper at first base in the second inning.

Tim Hudson got the start this afternoon for the Giants and had a pretty respectable line. He allowed five hits, two runs (one earned run), a walk, and three strikeouts on 95 total pitches.

The lone earned run scored against him came on a solo shot by Jayson Werth. The unearned run was the result of a fielding error by Panik.

Overall a fantastic win for the Giants who had so much going against them going into tonight’s game. For one, they didn’t arrive until 5:30 am due to their game going late at Wrigley against the Cubs. Also, they had to do without batting practice today as it was cancelled due to bad weather.

Neither of those mattered this evening though as San Francisco handled Doug Fister well despite the Nationals pitcher boasting a 6-1 record along with a 1.76 ERA at home this season.

Instead they racked up four runs on seven hits against the Washington starter before continuing their offensive onslaught against the bullpen. In all the Giants had 14 hits on the night. Each Nationals pitcher gave up at least two runs.

Tags: Buster Posey Joe Panik San Francisco Giants Tim Hudson

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