SAN FRANCISCO -- If you’re not used to seeing a Giants team hit like this, that’s natural. You haven’t seen it recently.
From 2010 through last year, the Giants had four seasons with four 12-run games and two seasons with three 12-run games. It’s a fun day when it happens, but it’s something you would usually only see once every couple months. This season, the Giants are putting a dozen on the scoreboard just about every week.
Wednesday’s 13-9 win was the third time in 23 games the Giants have scored at least 12 runs. They have already done it twice at AT&T Park. Brandon Belt led the way with five RBI as the lineup throttled the Padres on a day when Giants pitchers had their own issues. Matt Duffy and Hunter Pence added three hits apiece for a lineup that had 16 of them.
Hard-throwing Padres righty Andrew Cashner needed 89 pitches to get his eight outs. The Giants jumped on Cashner for three runs in the first, with the Brandons hitting back-to-back sacrifice flies. Belt followed Duffy’s third-inning triple with a double, and Jeff Samardzija capped the three-run inning with a two-run single.
The Giants scored multiple runs in four of the first five innings, breaking the game open with four in the fourth. There were five hits in that frame, including a triple by Belt. The first baseman singled in a run in the fifth as the Giants put two more on the scoreboard.
The Padres chipped away, getting four runs off Samardzija in the third and three off the bullpen in the seventh, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Starting pitching report: Samardzija had his worst start of the season, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He picked up his third win. Timing is everything in life.
Bullpen report: Matt Kemp finally got to face a Giants team without Sergio Romo and … Bochy threw Cory Gearrin at him. Gearrin struck Kemp out.
At the plate: Samardzija drove in five runs in two starts on this homestand. His previous high for an entire season was three RBI.
In the field: Gregor Blanco stayed in on a late double-switch and robbed Derek Norris of a double with a diving catch in left field.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,357 human beings, who all wanted to see Adam Rosales take the mound.
Up next: A day off! In New York, the Giants will face Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.