Giants Break Shutout Streak While Backing Hudson in Victory

By: Josh Goodwine

The Giants snapped their 35 inning scoreless streak against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park with a 5-1 victory on a warm Sunday afternoon.

Tim Hudson, who is nearing the end of his career, took the mound, and threw six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and striking out three. With the win, Hudson improved to 8-8 on the year and to an astounding 78-35 in day games in his impressive career, which is tied for sixth all time (minimum 50 decisions). Jeremy Hellickson started for the Diamondbacks and threw five-plus innings and gave up two runs on three hits.

The scoreless streak ended in the sixth inning, when Angel Pagan led off with a single into left field. Alejandro De Aza, who made a crucial error two days ago , lined a double down the left field line, bringing home Pagan and effectively ending the drought. The back to back opposite field hits ended Jeremy Hellickson’s day, and he was replaced by Randall Delgado. Following a Matt Duffy walk, Buster Posey yanked his 19th homer off of a high change-up into left center field, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. The shot gave Posey three RBIs for the game and his 93rd on the year.

In the eighth, Jarrod Parker, who got a pinch hit yesterday, singled in Duffy to bring the score to 5-0. In a non-save situation, Giants closer Santiago Casilla comes in to shut the door, but first gives up  David Peralta’s 16th home run. That turns out to be the only blemish as the Giants take the win and finish the home stand 6-3.

Notes:

-Brandon Belt has been diagnosed with a concussion after sliding into second on an RBI double on Friday.

-Andrew Susac had surgery on his right wrist and is expected to return for Spring Training

-Chris Heston will get the ball Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres. He is 11-10 with a 3.61 ERA, but is 0-5 with a 5.03 ERA in his last seven starts.

 

Cover Photo: San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the home opener MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)