Opening Day 2016: Giants vs Brewers
Opening Day 2016
Baseball is back. The Giants traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers for Opening Day at Miller Park on April 4, 2016.
Shaky start, strong finish
Madison Bumgarner fought the flu and started slow on the hill for the Giants. The lefty walked in a run in the first inning and gave up two home runs to the Brewers on the day. But, he gutted it out for his first win of the year on Opening Day. Bumgarner's final line: 5 innings pitched, 3 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, 5 walks.
Span says hello
The Giants signed leadoff hitter Denard Span to a three-year deal in the offseason. On Opening Day, he proved worthy of every penny. The new center fielder went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI.
No need to Panik
After missing significant time in the second half last season, Joe Panik looked fully healthy vs. the Brewers. Following Span's home run in the eighth inning, Panik blasted his own over the wall, giving the Giants their 11th run of the day. Panik finished 1-for-5 with the solo shot.
Back-to-back-to-back home runs
The top of the Giants lineup proved to be plenty powerful on Opening Day. One batter after Panik made it back-to-back jacks for the Giants, Buster Posey blasted his first of the year, sparking the Giants to a 12-3 lead. Posey went 2-for-4 with a homer and single in the win.
The Giants already showed even-year magic on Opening Day. Denard Span, Joe Panik and Buster Posey went back-to-back-to-back, hitting three consecutive home runs in the eighth inning for the first time since July 20, 2006, when Barry Bonds, Ray Durham and Pedro Feliz accomplished the feat against the San Diego Padres. Before Monday, the Giants had never hit three consecutive home runs on Opening Day. The 12 runs scored by the Giants represent the most they've scored on Opening Day since they put up 13 runs on April 5, 1983 against the Padres.
Along with Denard Span, Joe Panik and Buster Posey, Matt Duffy joined the home run parade on Opening Day. Actually, he started it. Duffy went deep in the fifth inning for a two-run homer off Carlos Torres. Duffy went 2-for-5 and knocked in four runs vs. the Brewers.
FINAL: Giants 12, Brewers 3
The Giants are 1-0 on the season after defeating the Brewers, 12-3, on Opening Day. Madison Bumgarner was the winning pitcher. San Francisco had 15 hits compared to Milwaukee's eight, and belted four home runs.