I spent Monday afternoon watching Game 1 of the Giants’ twinbill in New York. But I missed most of the nightcap, which was too bad because it looked like fun.
So we’ll piece together some tidbits about the Giants in 2012 after a doubleheader sweep.
- Pablo Sandoval went 3 for 9 with a home run and two singles in the doubleheader, extending his season-opening hitting streak to 16 games and matching Willie Mays for the San Francisco Giants record of hitting streaks to open the season.
- Nate Schierholtz went 6 for 10 with two triples, a home run and stolen base in the doublheader. He’s hitting a team-best .372 this season. Heading to Cincinnati, expect to see more Nate the Great.
- On a day when Aubrey Huff left the team to attend to a family emergency (the Giants hope to have him back Tuesday), manager Bruce Bochy said he’s looking for someone to step up offensively at first base. Brandon Belt went 1 for 4 with a double in the opener (he’s hitting .240). Also, no strikeouts. Brett Pill got a rare start against a RH pitcher and went 2 for 3 in the nightcap and 3 for 4 for the DH (he’s hitting .353 in limited action). Bochy even mentioned the option of using more of Buster Posey at 1B.
- While mentioning Posey at 1B, Hector Sanchez hit his first big-league home run during the nightcap.
- The Game 1 victory was the first for the Giants in a game in which Belt started at 1B. They are 1-5 with Belt starting at first base, 8-2 with someone else.
- Madison Bumgarner’s 7 IP, 1 earned run outing on Monday was the Giants’ 10th quality start of the season. Also, the most recent starts by Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito would have been quality starts if they could have pitched into and through the sixth inning.
- The Giants have scored 4+ runs in every road game this season (10 total).
- The Giants have won every series (four) since being swept in Arizona to open the season.
- Giants starting pitchers have an ERA of 0.86 in three starts in road games on Monday.
- The Giants made it through 18 innings Monday without committing an error. CSNBayArea’s Andrew Baggarly commented: “It helped that Huff didn’t play an inning in the field.” Ouch!
- SS Brandon Crawford broke out his recent funk by going 3 for 8 in the doubleheader.
The Giants open a three-game series Tuesday in Cincinnati. Matt Cain, he of the 18 consecutive scoreless innings, starts against Mat Latos at 4:10 p.m. The Giants will face right-handed starters in the series: Barry Zito vs. Bronson Arroyo, 4:10 p.m. Wednesday; Ryan Vogelsong vs. Homer Bailey, 9:35 a.m. Thursday.