San Francisco, CA – An offensive explosion in the fourth and the Giants never looked back. Eight runs scored and the Philadelphia Phillies woes continued. Cole Hamels was chased off the mound early and allowed nine runs in a game for the first time in his career. The anticipation of seeing two aces on the mound didn’t last long. Madison Bumgarner bested his counterpart as San Francisco demolished the Phillies 15-2.
“It’s fun watching our guys play good baseball and that’s what we did today,” said Bumgarner. “ We swung the bats as good as we can swing them and beat a really good pitcher.”
Hamels gave up back-to-back singles in the first. Leadoff man, Angel Pagan and Joe Panik both singled with no outs. Matt Duffy followed with a bloop single to center field to load the bases. Buster Posey grounded into a double play scoring in Pagan to make it a 1-0 game. Hamels struck out Hunter Pence to end the inning. Pagan had two singles, a double and scored three runs. He recorded his first multi-RBI game since recording two RBI’s on Opening Day at Arizona.
“I’m just trying to work on some things because I need to make some adjustments,” Pagan said. “I think it did help. I think everything is coming along. I’m feeling really good at the plate, I’m seeing the ball well. But you’re going to have some slumps, so today was awesome.”
The Giants defense was good enough to back Bumgarner allowing only two runs to Philadelphia. Darin Ruf was hit by pitch to leadoff the second. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single but Bumgarner settled down and retired the next three batters to end the frame stranding two. Hamels tried to match Bumgarner pitch by pitch, he put two on with a walk and a single in the second but struck out the last two to end the inning, stranding two.
By the fourth the Phillies tied the game when Ruiz went yard with a solo blast. But San Francisco answered back in the bottom of the inning by scoring eight runs. Brandon Belt hit a double, Justin Maxwell was issued a free pass and Bumgarner loaded the bases with a single to left field. Hamels surrendered a two-run single to Pagan, Panik followed with a single and Duffy drove in two with a single extending the Giants lead 5-1.
“You don’t ever expect to score this many runs, but especially when you’re going against Hamels,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “But in that one inning, we just had some great at-bats, and Pence topped it off. It’s been a long time since we had a game like this, so it’s great to see us break out, to be honest. It’s been a struggle for us.”
The hits kept coming, Posey hit a single to load the bases again and Hunter Pence followed with a grand slam. The fifth grand slam for San Francisco this season, Pence’s last grand slam was Sept 14, 2014 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Eight consecutive Giants reached base in one inning. Hamels night ended after tossing 3.1 innings, allowing twelve hits, nine runs, two walks, one home run and struck out four.
Maxwell doubled to leadoff the fifth, advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bumgarner drove him in with a RBI single. Maxwell reached base safely with each at-bat. He went 4-for-4 with a walk, single, double and a triple. Philadelphia tried to rally back in the sixth by loading the bases, scoring in one run before Bumgarner was replaced by the bullpen. He yielded a double, three consecutive singles and a walk with two outs. George Kontos forced Ben Revere to ground out to end the threat.
San Francisco extended their lead 11-2 in the seventh, Maxwell drove in a run with a RBI triple. Panik splashed in McCovey Cove with a two-run homer making it a 13-2 game. Duffy set a career-high with a four-hit game. Belt led off the eighth with a double and Maxwell followed with a RBI double extending their lead 14-2. Panik got in on the action adding the final run with a RBI single. The Giants recorded 22 hits tonight, the most hits in a single game ever at AT&T Park. Philadelphia’s pitching staff has not allowed 22 hits in a nine-inning game since August 24, 2007.
The 15-2 win marked the largest margin of victory since defeating Cincinnati 10-2 on May 15th. This was also San Francisco’s season high in runs scored tonight. The last time the Giants scored eight runs in a single game was August 17, 2012 at San Diego. The last time the team had 8+ consecutive batters reach base was in the top of the sixth inning on May 25 at Milwaukee. And the last time San Francisco scored eight runs off a single pitcher in one inning was Sept 23, 2010 at Chicago-NL off Ryan Dempster.