SAN FRANCISCO — It was a lovely night in the city by the bay, but not a pretty outing by Jonathan Sanchez. Lucky for him, he pitched on Friday and those orange jerseys once again, brought home a victory.
The Giants scored three times in the sixth without a base hit and go on to edge the Cleveland Indians 4-3.
Andres Torres snapped an 0-for-11 with a bunt single in the first inning. He would finish with three hits including a solo home run in the fourth inning as San Francisco won its third straight game following a five game skid.
“We got a couple of breaks there and you’ll take it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Overall our at-bats got better. I thought their guy threw the ball very well. He’s throwing hard and had good sinking action. We weren’t doing much with him but I guess we went to the ground attack and it worked there.”
Chris Stewart singled to lead off the sixth inning. Nate Schierholtz, pinch hitting for Sanchez after he issued six walks in just 4 2/3rds innings, hit a grounder to first base. Indians first baseman Carlos Santana tried to throw to second to force the lead runner. Instead, his errant throw pulled Asdrubal Cabrera off the bag and both runners were safe.
Torres singled to center to load the bases. Manny Burriss hit a grounder to first and this time, Santana failed to field the ball and allowed Stewart to score and the other runners to advance a base.
Pablo Sandoval followed with a sacrifice fly to right moving Torres to third. Aubrey Huff fouled out to the Giants bullpen but third baseman Jack Hannahan caught the ball with his momentum taking him away from home plate. That gave Torres extra time to score on the rare infield sac fly for the eventual winning run.
“We’ll take (runs) anyway we can get them,” Stewart said. “Obviously we don’t get them in abundance for us and I think we played Giants baseball tonight. We didn’t drive the balls in the gaps but got hits when we needed to.”
Sanchez continues to have trouble finding the strike zone. His six walks increased his National League leading total to 59 in 89 2/3 innings.
I’m just missing and it’s just not working right now,” Sanchez said. “There’s nothing wrong with me. I’m fine. I’m healthy. I’m just having a hard time getting the ball over the plate.”
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete game loss tossing eight innings scattering six hits but his defense failed behind him. The two errors in the sixth leading to the pivotal three runs was the difference in the game.
“He threw the ball excellent the whole game night,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “A complete game with only 94 pitches but it’s only eight innings. He mixed his pitches really well. Unfortunately we didn’t play very good defense behind him. Carlos (Santana) had a rough day at first base. And we couldn’t get a big hit against Sanchez or (Santiago) Casilla to break the game open.”
Post game notes:
This was the first home win for the Giants over the Indians since the 1954 World Series when the Giants playing in New York, swept Cleveland in four games. In 2005, the last Interleague series at AT&T Park, the Indians won all three games. … The Giants improved to 5-1 in the orange jersey tops. … LHP Jonathan Sanchez matched his season low with 4 2/3 innings pitched. Sanchez has issued 25 walks in his last 25 2/3 innings. … SS Brandon Crawford was 0-for-3 and has just one hit in his last 21 at-bats (.048). Crawford has just three hits in his last 36 at-bats (.083) … Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco recorded his second career complete game and his first loss on the road after going 4-0 with a 2.88 ERA (13 earned runs in 40 2/3 innings) in seven road starts. … 1B Carlos Santana committed both Cleveland errors but offensively is 11-for-34 batting .324 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI over his last 10 games.