April showers bring Melky knocks.
Melky Cabrera delivered a 3-for-4 night for the Giants to break Willie Mays’ record for hits by a San Francisco Giant in the month of May with 50.
The Giants on Tuesday only mounted threats in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings — the innings in which Cabrera delivered the first of the inning for the Giants.
So since the previous Giants’ record for hits in May was held by a guy named Mays, shouldn’t we now call Melky “May-ky?”
Or we should just changed the name of the month Melky.
In the fourth, the Giants loaded the bases on singles by Cabrera and Buster Posey, plus a walk to Brett Pill. But the Giants were unable to score.
In the sixth, Cabrera’s infield single preceded Posey’s RBI double that tied the game. The Giants would load the bases again, but not score in part because first-base umpire Brian O’Nora blew the call (Please, Bud Selig, isn’t time for expanded replay?).
In the eighth, Ryan Theriot led off with a walk and went to third on Cabrera’s record-breaking hit to right. Posey plated Theriot on a sacrifice fly for the lead. Cabrera would later score on Joaquin Arias’ groundout.
For the second time in three days the Giants won a game with excellent pitching and all of their hits coming from Cabrera, Posey and Pagan.
The Giants’ 3-4-5 hitters were 7 for 11 with two runs and two RBI. The other hitters in the Giants’ lineup were 0 for 18.
If Cabrera gets one more hit on Wednesday, he’ll tie Randy Winn for the most hits by a San Francisco Giant in any month.
It’s Tim Linecum Day on Wednesday. Hopefully, it also will be Tim Lincecum Win Day as he faces off against Ian Kennedy at 7:10 p.m. The Giants have won three games in a row for the fifth time this season, but they have not won four in a row.