Right fielder Andrew McCutchen had himself a banner night during Saturday's 14-inning showdown against the Dodgers, notching six hits and delivering the game-winning, three-run homer to push the Giants above.500. In the bottom of the 14th, down 5-4 with runners on the corners and no outs, he labored through a 12-pitch at-bat against rookie right-hander Wilmer Font.
McCutchen wasn't the only Giant off to a slow start, with San Francisco ranking 28th in Major League Baseball in runs scored while hitting.234 as a team even after Saturday's relative offensive explosion that saw the team get 17 hits.
"Finally showed up today".
McCutchen drove in four runs and raised his batting average from.083 to.258. But unlike the last two times Panik trotted across home plate to break a scoreless tie, the Giants would need more offense to down their rivals.
After the Giants finally collected a victory on Saturday, Bochy said "it was one of those Giant-Dodger games that will be talked about".
The Giants, who were concerned that Thursday's day off and Friday's rainout might kill the momentum of their break-out, 10-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday, find themselves riding even higher after McCutchen's heroics that capped a career-best, 6-for-7 performance. "Feels good to show up today and do the job". The Pirates had opened the season with six wins in seven games and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second against Cincinnati.
The Giants used nine pitchers in the game, and don't have the luxury of having their ace lined up for the following contest. McCutchen never reached a full count, instead fouling off eight pitches in order to keep the Giants' hopes alive.
The game lasted 5 hours, 16 minutes after beginning two hours later than originally scheduled due to heavy rains that forced the postponement of Friday's game.
Blach outpitched Kershaw in the opener, throwing five three-hit, shutout innings, before getting rocked by Seattle in a 6-4 loss in the Giants' home opener Tuesday.
Posey's home run off starter Rich Hill was the first of the season for the Giants cleanup hitter and first since August 8, 2017.
After battling through the 13th, Moronta turned the game over to Gomez, who allowed a trio of softly hit singles and the Dodgers' first run since the top of the seventh inning.