Coming into the first half of Tuesday’s double-header with the Chicago Cubs the San Francisco Giants were at the bottom of the barrel in the league for scoring runs, averaging about 3.5 a game. But the Giants’ offensive monster awoke this afternoon at Wrigley in a big way, taking game one by a score of 13-7.
The G-Men had 18 hits on the day, including homer runs from Pat Burrell, his seventh of the year, and Miguel Tejada, his second of the year and first since opening day at AT&T Park. Every starter got a hit for San Francisco, lead by Pat Burrell’s 3-5 with 3 RBI and Aaron Rowand’s 2-5 day also with 3 RBI. Pablo Sandoval went 2-5 with an RBI, Chris Stewart was 2-4 with an RBI while Aubrey Huff was 1-4 with 2 RBI.
The Giants haven’t scored more that 6 runs all year at AT&T Park.
As for Ryan Vogelsong (W 6-1), who was looking to extend his streak of two or less earned runs to 10 games, lasted for only five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, along with four walks and six strikeouts. Although he couldn’t keep his streak intact, he still got the win for the Giants, which I’m sure is much more important to him.
The Giants light up the Cubs Doug Davis (L 1-7) for 10 earned runs in only four and 1/3 innings on 12 hits, including six runs in the first three innings. Carlos Pena hit his third home run in the last two days for Chicago, taking his total up to 17 after a slow start to the season, while Blake DeWitt went 2-4 with three RBI.
With the win the Giants move to 45-34 on the year. Full box score can be found here.
The G-Men will have the second half of the double-header at 5:05 PT this evening with Barry Zito making his return to the team to take on Rodrigo Lopez for the Cubbies. Coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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