Panik’s home run the difference once again as Giants continue shutout streak

Joe Panik provided the only run by homering off an elite pitcher for the second straight day, this time taking Kenley Jansen deep in the ninth inning Friday night to give the San Francisco Giants another 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnny Cueto was perfect into the seventh inning, allowing just one hit on the night as he dueled with Alex Wood. Cueto went seven shutout innings, while Wood held the Giants scoreless through eight. Tony Watson (2-0) was credited with the win for San Francisco, pitching a scoreless eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Hunter Strickland pitched a perfect ninth and picked up his second consecutive save.

The Dodgers pitching was excellent for a second straight day, but this time Jansen gave up the go-ahead run to Panik, who yesterday provided the game’s only run by homering off Clayton Kershaw. Jansen, who allowed just five homers over 68 1/3 innings last season, left an 0-1 cutter to Panik out over the plate, and the second baseman, typically regarded for his defense and contact hitting, once again served the role of power hitter, launching it into the front row of the right field pavilion.

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Panik’s homer was just the second Giants hit of the night, as Wood allowed only a fifth-inning single to Brandon Crawford. The left-hander was consistently pitching out of the stretch as the defense behind him was shaky all night.

Even with three errors during his eight innings, Wood needed just 90 pitches. A fourth error was committed by Logan Forsythe after the Panik homer, but Andrew McCutchen was later erased on a Jansen pickoff throw.

McCutchen and Evan Longoria were both hitless on the night. Longoria now sits at 0-for-8 with the Giants.

Chris Taylor was responsible for the Dodgers’ lone hit, singling to center field to break up Cueto’s perfect game bid to lead off the bottom of the seventh. He never got past first base as Cueto responded by getting Corey Seager to bounce into a double play.

Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger all remain hitless through two games.

Derek Holland will look to continue the staff’s momentum when he takes the mound Saturday against Kenta Maeda. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m.

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By John Krolik Special to The Examiner