With the way the Giants hit on Sunday — and the very telling post-game comments from Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny — the Giants didn’t figure to have much of a chance against the Phillies’ Roy Halladay.
And then the Giants went out and did the clutch hitting that they’ve been lacking all season and beat Halladay and the Phillies 5-1.
It all started in the first inning, when Edgar Renteria and Pablo Sandoval had back-to-back one-out singles. After both players advanced on a groundout by Aubrey Huff, Mark DeRosa worked the count full to Halladay, then connected on a two-run single to left.
The Giants added another run in the second on consecutive doubles from John Bowker and Eli Whiteside.
In the sixth, Sandoval doubled and Huff singled him home. And in the seventh, Whiteside homered off Halladay, driving one off the base of the foul pole in left.
So after going 5 for 54 with runners in scoring position over the previous week — and four of those hits never left the infield — the Giants went 3 for 7 with RISP against Halladay.
On the flip side, it was another solid outing from Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants bullpen.
Sanchez worked his way in and out of trouble to get through five innings of work. He needed a nice catch in center from Andres Torres to get him out of trouble with two-on in the first. And he pitched his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third.
It was the ninth consecutive game in which Giants pitching had held opponents to two runs or fewer in games not started by a guy whose name rhymes with “Smelly dyer.”
In fact, if you took the ERAs of Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez and added them together, it would still be lower than that of Todd Wellemeyer (7.97 to 8.16).
Wellemeyer gets the chance to lower his ERA today as the Giants face the Phillies and Jamie Moyer in Game 2 of the series.