The Giants’ Eric Surkamp made his third big-league start for the Giants, coming in to face the Padres with a record of 1-1, 3.27 ERA, and 1.36 WHIP. Surkamp pitched just 5 2/3 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs (only 2 earned), with no strikeouts (!), which was just enough for him to get the win as the Giants take the first game of the series 8-3.
Key to the Giants’ win was Carlos Beltran’s first inning two-run HR to right field over the arcade seats. That gave the Giants a lead they never relinquished.
The Giants scored another 2 runs in the 3rd, on a Cody Ross solo HR and an Aubrey Huff single that scored Jeff Keppinger (who are these guys and where were they a month ago?).
The Padres had the makings of a comeback in the 6th inning, when they managed to get eleventy hits with 2 outs, scoring two and threatening to score more off of Steve Edlefsen, who gave up 2 hits and a walk without recording an out. Dan Runzler came in to get the elusive third out, saving the Giants’ (and Edlefsen’s) bacon.
The Giants blew the game open in the 7th inning. Beginning modestly with Andres Torres sliding under Nick Hundley’s tag to score on Ross’ single and ending with Pablo Sandoval’s 3-run HR to left field, the Giants took a definitive 8-3 lead and held on to it for the final score.
The Padres made a little noise in the 8th, but an incredible Burriss-Crawford*-Huff double play ended the inning without allowing a Padre run.
*I don’t care if Brandon Crawford never gets another hit for the rest of the season – his defense alone is worth him being in the line-up every day.
Sergio Romo closed out the game spectacularly, pitching 1 2/3 innings without allowing a hit and extending his current NL-leading scoreless streak to 17.1 innings.
And also: by winning tonight, the Giants guarantee winning the season series against the Padres (currently up 10-6 with two more to play). So there’s that.
And also also: it continues to suck to be Brandon Belt. Belt was taken out as part of a double switch in the 7th inning. I suppose the Giants could still be conserving Belt’s energy for winter Dominican ball.
Tomorrow: Cory Luebke (5-9, 3.28) faces Matt Cain (11-10, 2. 84).