5 Apr 14

Ah. This was a most satisfying game played whilst the sun shone in Chavez Ravine. The Giants beat the Dastardly Dodgers, 7-2, with a show of offensive power that has the Giants atop the National League in home runs and runs scored. The Giants captured the series in its first two games before the finale tomorrow night on Sunday Night Baseball.

Madison Bumgarner made his second start in this very young season and improved his lifetime record to 9-3 against the Dodgers. Not specially sharp, he performed his MadBum version of grinding it out, and that is what he did through one out in the seventh. He allowed 8 hits, 2 runs both earned, struck out 10, and walked two. His ERA rests at an enviable 1.74.

If the starting pitching credits acknowledgment with praise, the offense merits loud huzzahs. Dormant until this the sixth game, Pence and Sandoval broke out of their bats’ moody silence. Pence ripped two doubles, and Sandoval tattoed a frozen rope over the left field fence with two on to provide the ultimate nail in the Dead Dodgers’ coffin. ¡Adios, pelota! Back-to-back (and belly-to-belly) Buster Posey hoisted his second home run of the season. Angel Pagan threw in his third double of the season, and the Giants defeated the Dodgers in offense and in pitching. Neither team scored an error.

The Dodgers had but little more life than their vaunted Dodger Dogs. (Eat them at your own risk.) Seven pitchers found themselves up to the task of combining to lose the game. The starter, Pete Maholm, the loser, pitched 4.1 innings with an ERA of 9.64,

It’s probably too early for this, but the Giants’ lead over the Dodgers is 1.5 games. Out of the block, the Giants look like they have six cylinders that are pumping.