PHILADELPHIA — Bruce Bochy said his players had a very pleasant off day, and not just because they got to visit the White House. The Giants took a train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia and had a good time on the short, food-filled trip, and they sure looked like a loose bunch during the first game of a six-game trip.
Matt Duffy, Justin Maxwell and Buster Posey homered and the bullpen sparkled as the Giants beat the Phillies 5-4 to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Phillies jumped on Lincecum early, taking a 2-0 lead when Ryan Howard blasted a homer into the visiting bullpen out beyond the right-center field fence. Duffy got a run back in the second with a solo shot the opposite way, but the Phillies went back up by two in the bottom of the inning when pitcher Jerome Williams (yes, that Jerome Williams) hit an RBI double.
Lincecum settled down from there, and before long he held the lead. Maxwell went to the upper deck in left for a two-run homer in the fourth and Brandon Crawford had an RBI single in the fifth.
The Phillies tied it with a solo homer from rookie Maikel Franco in the sixth but Posey put one just over the center field wall in the top of the seventh and the Giants again went up by a run.
It looked like the Phillies would rally in the seventh, but Ben Revere’s blunder ended the inning in bizarre fashion. The Phillies had runners on the corners with one out when Jeff Francoeur popped up to shallow right. Revere had been running on the play and he tagged second as he got there, but he forgot to tag it as he made his way back to first. The Giants got the ball over to second to complete an inning-ending double play.
Starting pitching report: Lincecum was at 58 pitches through three shaky innings but was able to get through six, giving up four earned on five hits and two walks. His ERA has gone up in four straight starts and is now 3.29.
Bullpen report: Left-handed hitters against Javier Lopez this season: 2 for 29, 2 singles. That’s it. Like, that’s the damage. He’s as good as ever.
At the plate: Joe Panik reached base three times in the first five innings. Panik extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s the fourth player this season to have two 10-game hitting streaks, joining Erick Aybar, Ian Desmond and Adrian Gonzalez.
In the field: Duffy went a long way and reached over the rail to catch Cesar Hernandez's pop-up with one out in the ninth. He seemed to come away from the contact without injury. Matt Cain might have hit him harder.
Attendance: The Phillies announced a crowd of 20,638. They’re not exactly jazzed about their baseball here right now.
Up next: Madison Bumgarner gets to hit at Citizens Bank Park. Oh, also, he’ll start for the Giants. Bumgarner is 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts in this park. The Phillies counter with right-hander Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 6.88).