On a hot, muggy, and soupy day in Washington D.C., the Giants finally clicked against the Nationals and came away with a convincing win.
The Giants turned in an impressive effort in nearly every aspect of the game, winning 7-1.
Pitching? Try Matt Cain tossing another 5 shutout innings and regularly navigating out of trouble. He struck out batters with his fastball and slider, and K’d all-star Bryce Harper three times.
Hitting? Eduardo Nunez went 4-for-5 with two triples and a double. He scored three times and set the tone for an offense that looked to have regained their first-half form against one of the league’s best pitchers, Stephen Strasburg. The Giants handed the reigning NL Pitcher of the Month his shortest start of the season.
Defense? In a pivotal play in the first inning, Posey made a perfect throw to nail speedster Trea Turner, who, until then, had yet to be caught in 8 attempts.
In the third, Nunez also made a nifty snare of a Werth screamer to begin a double play and help Cain out of a jam.
Bullpen? Aside from a few hiccups by Jake Peavy, who still looks uncomfortable in his new role,the rest of the pen looked more than solid and allowed Cain’s start to hold strong for the win.
Hunter Pence absorbed a haymaker to the face after fouling a ball off his eye, which quickly swelled. However, he fended off trainer Dave Groeschner’s efforts to examine the eye, stayed in the game and scored a run later in the contest. Afterwards, Bochy called him a “warrior” to reporters and Cain noted that Pence’s resilience was extra motivation for him on the mound.
Brandon Belt hit a goliath shot in the top of the 9th off newly demoted setup man Jonathan Papelbon that landed in almost the same spot as the one he hit two years ago in the 18th inning to cap a playoff win against the Nats in Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series.