SAN FRANCISCO — If the Dodgers swoop up Cole Hamels at a reduced price in three weeks, the Giants may come to regret hanging nine runs on the Phillies ace Friday night. As it was happening, though, this was nothing but a party.
On #PenceOnTheFence night at AT&T Park, Hunter Pence crushed a slam over the right-field fence to cap an eight-run fourth inning and the Giants set a park record with 22 hits while steamrolling the Phillies 15-2. The Giants scored the final five times they came to the plate, snapping out of a prolonged offensive slump against one of the league's best pitchers.
Eleven Giants came to the plate in the fourth inning as a 1-1 game turned into a blowout. Angel Pagan got the scoring started, hitting a bases-loaded single up the middle to score two. Matt Duffy’s single brought two more home, and with Hamels struggling to get anything by Giants hitters, they once again loaded the bases. Pence, in his third game back from the DL, hit one the opposite way for his fifth career grand slam.
The eight-run inning was the biggest of the season for the Giants and matched their output from their previous five games combined. Four of those were losses, but Madison Bumgarner took an easy win on this night. The lefty gave up two earned on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and added two hits at the plate.
The lineup scored another run in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Starting pitching report: Bumgarner finished the first half with a 9-5 record and 3.33 ERA. His next appearance will likely come in the All-Star Game.
Bullpen report: George Kontos has inherited 23 runners this season. None have scored. Another Krazy Kontos Fact: Opponents are 0-for-26 off him this season with runners in scoring position and two outs.
At the plate: The Giants grand slams this season: Posey, Posey, Pence, Crawford and McGehee. Another fun RBI stat: Pagan drove in multiple runs for the first time since Opening Day. A third fun RBI stat: Duffy’s two-run single gave him as many RBI this season (39) as Rookie of the Year favorite Joc Pederson.
In the field: Pence’s sliding catch robbed Hamels of an RBI single with two outs in the second inning. Rehab assignments remain overrated.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,895 human beings that didn’t include some nut who jumped over the railing and into the cove to get Joe Panik’s home run ball.
Up next: Aside from the normally-good Hamels the Phillies have a historically awful rotation, so it’s time to go for a sweep. David Buchanan makes his 2015 MLB debut for the Phils on Saturday, and he’ll face Ryan Vogelsong (6-6, 4.10).