Instant Replay: Bumgarner, Giants take series from Reds

Instant Replay: Bumgarner, Giants take series from Reds
June 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse combined to go 4-for-10 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. (USATSI)

BOX SCORE

Those expecting the Giants to go through a "June swoon" may have to wait awhile.

The team with the best record in the majors showed no signs of slowing down, capping a dominant road trip with a 6-1 win over the Reds.

"We're clicking on all cylinders," said Brandon Crawford, who hit his seventh home run of the season.

The Giants' formula has been equal parts pitching and power, and both were on display this afternoon.

Madison Bumgarner allowed one run and just three baserunners over eight innings in his first start after earning NL Pitcher of the Month honors. Five of the Giants' runs came on home runs – a two-run shot by Michael Morse and a three-run blast from Crawford.

San Francisco has 68 homers on the season. They didn't reach that total last year until Aug. 8.

The Giants haven't lost a series since dropping two of three in Pittsburgh on May 5-7. After looking completely lost on Tuesday, they won their first series in Cincinnati since 2009.

Starting pitching report

The Reds made loud contact in the first inning. Todd Frazier put the Reds in front with an opposite-field homer on an outside fastball from Bumgarner, and Brandon Phillips followed with a single.

Bumgarner wouldn't allow much else. He retired the last 16 hitters he faced and 23 of the final 24. He also did something the Giants struggled to accomplish in the series' first two games: he kept Billy Hamilton off the bases.

Outstanding command has been the norm for Bumgarner over the last month-plus, and he didn't walk a batter today. Since walking four against San Diego on April 28, Bumgarner has issued just five free passes over his last seven starts (47 innings).

Bullpen report

Thanks to George Kontos pitching a perfect ninth, the Giants should make it to their next happy flight without delay.

At the plate

Frazier's home run barely cleared the fence. Morse's bomb in the second landed in the upper deck in left field.

Morse's 13th homer tied him for third in the National League. He has seven doubles and three home runs over his last nine games.



Crawford crushed a first-pitch curveball from Mike Leake in the fourth to put the Giants up by four.

Everyone in the starting lineup besides Bumgarner had at least one hit. Pablo Sandoval had three. Angel Pagan went 2-for-3 after going hitless in his previous two games.

In the field

The Giants followed up their worst two-game defensive stretch of the season with one of their best efforts.

The left side of the infield matched their strong work at the plate with some equally impressive displays in the field. Crawford turned things around after a relatively rough stretch with the glove, highlighted by a couple excellent plays in the fourth inning – just a few minutes after his home run.

Sandoval did what seemed impossible on Tuesday and Wednesday when he snagged a Hamilton grounder down the line and got the speedy infielder by a step.

Attendance

25,532 paid to see this one, and the ones who remained when Madison Bumgarner struck out in the eighth cheered loudly. It seemed odd, since the Reds were down by five runs at the time, but the fans get free pizza whenever the home team strikes out 11.

Up next

Tomorrow night marks two returns. The Giants will be back at AT&T Park, and Matt Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) will come off the disabled list and start his first game since injuring his hamstring on May 21. He'll face the Mets and lefty Jon Niese (3-3, 2.69). Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75) and Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52) will start Saturday evening's game. Sunday afternoon will feature Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01) and former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89).