OAKLAND — The San Francisco Giants sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning, dropping five runs on Sean Manaea and offering a harbinger of what was to come in Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series on Tuesday night.
“I can’t tell you the last time we scored five in the first,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the 10-4 win. “It’s nice to have that cushion.”
On a night when Manaea needed 40 pitches to navigate the opening frame, the second-year left hander delivered three innings of six-run ball – of which only two were earned. The Giants meanwhile matched their season high with three home runs.
Nick Hundley capped the five-run first-inning barrage with a home run before Brandon Belt connected on No. 17 – a solo shot – in the fourth and Hunter Pence stretched the lead to 10-4 with a three-run blast in the sixth.
Facing his one-time club, Jeff Samardzija tied his season high — working eight innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks.
“I thought Shark was pitching without his best command and stuff,” Bochy said. “But here he gives us eight innings. Shows you what a horse he is.”
Giants get relatively good news on Cueto
Johnny Cueto, who exited Monday night’s rehab outing after just three innings, has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain in his right arm.
The starter will rest for a week, but head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner described the news as relatively positive and is optimistic that Cueto will return to the mound this season.