The Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco’s AAA team, had five members (six if you count DeRosa’s re-hab) in the Giants starting lineup Wednesday night and that paid big dividends as San Francisco beat Los Angeles, 8-5.
The Giants had an explosive first inning in which they scored three times off Dodgers LH starter Dana Eveland (2-2, 3.75). A total of eight Giants went to the plate that inning. San Francisco scored again in the fourth (2), sixth (1), and seventh (2) innings.
Rookies Justin Christian and Brett Pill accounted for five of the Giants eight runs. Christian went 3-5 and reached base on an error in the second inning. His three RBIs were a career high. Pill was also 3-5, had 2 RBIs, and reached base on a fielder’s choice in the third.
San Francisco’s third baseman Mark DeRosa also enjoyed a productive evening, going 2-3, walking once, and hitting a sacrifice fly.
RHP Ryan Vogelsong, the eventual winner (12-7, 2.81), held the Dodgers scoreless through four — allowing five hits and a walk. The wheels would come off in the fifth, however, when Vogelsong gave up four earned runs. Matt Kemp’s three-run homer was the blow that put the Dodgers within one-run.
San Francisco’s relievers Guillermo Mota, Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, and Brian Wilson preserved the win to keep the Giants in nominal contention for a playoff spot. Overcoming the NL West-leading Diamondbacks will be a daunting task; there are only seven games to play and the Giants are back 5.5. Arizona’s “magic number” was reduced to two on Wednesday.
A final note: Right fielder Carlos Beltran left the game in the fifth with a foot injury. Beltran (2-3) was replaced by Andres Torres.