Belt, Bats Explode for Big win in Cincinnati

The Giants offense exploded for a season-high ten runs as they routed Cincinnati 10-2 on Friday night at Great American Ballpark.


Brandon Belt exercised some demons in the first inning against Reds’ starter Jason Marquis. After Gregor Blanco took a lead-off walk, and Joe Panik extended his hitting streak to ten games with a single, Belt crushed a ball down the line in right field and over the fence for his first home run of the year.


The Giants continued to flex their offensive power against Marquis. Panik singled to lead off the top of the third before Buster Posey hit his sixth home run of the year to make it 5-1. Belt then singled, Justin Maxwell walked, and Casey McGehee singled in another run. They knocked out Marquis after just three innings, seven hits, and six runs.


And the Giants offense – which ranked 28th in RBIs coming into Friday’s game – kept piling on. Angel Pagan reached on a fielder’s choice before coming around to score on a Belt double. Maxwell then doubled in Belt, and Brandon Crawford singled to make it 9-2. A season-high in runs for San Francisco, and they still weren’t done.


After pinch-hitter Nori Aoki singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, Blanco doubled, and Pagan grounded out to make it 10-2. The Giants’ line-up contributed from top to bottom. The first six batters all scored runs, while spots 3-8 all drove in at least one run. Belt’s four RBIs marked his first multi-RBI game of the season.


On the mound, Madison Bumgarner showed why he was the ace of this squad. Coming off a ten-strikeout loss against Miami, the lefty buckled down and tossed seven strong innings against a Cincinnati team that ranks fourth in home runs. He allowed eight hits while walking none and striking out four. The two Reds runs came on solo shots from Zack Cozart (in the first) and Billy Hamilton (in the fifth).


Coming off back-to-back games in which late home runs off the bullpen cost the Giants a win, Yusmeiro Petit delivered a nice outing, tossing two innings and surrendering one hit and striking out one.


Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 5.67) takes the mound to face Mike Leake (2-1, 2.36) on Saturday at 4:10 pm PT.


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