Five cool stats from Giants' 19-run outburst in sweep of Reds


The Giants have the best record in baseball, and their offense absolutely exploded Thursday morning. Scoring 19 runs to cap off a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco hung a laughably crooked number against the NL Central's 4th place team. 

Scoring a whopping nine runs in the top of the third inning, this game got out of hand early, only to get much much worse. There was an abundance of offensive highlights, most of which came off the bats of Darin Ruf (4-for-5 with a homer and 2 RBIs), Brandon Crawford (3-for-6 with a homer and 6 RBIs), Steven Duggar (2-for-5 with a grand slam) and Evan Longoria (3-for-5, 3 RBIs). 

It was a wild and very fun afternoon for San Francisco's offense. Here are five cool stats from the Giants' 19-4 win over the Reds

Nine-run inning déjà vu

Haven't they done this before? Yes, they have! Just 16 days ago, in a 12-4 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, the Giants scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning.

The Giants have been no friend to the pace-of-play movement this season, that's for sure.

Another coincidence between the games was that both innings consisted of a grand slam. Brandon Belt launched a grand slam at Coors, while Duggar launched his first career grand slam against the Reds. Both innings also consisted of a second home run following the grand slam. 


When the Giants go big, they go REALLY big. 

Brandon Crawford's historic pace

One of the most pleasant surprises this season for the Giants has been Crawford's early-season production. At the time of this writing, the Giants shortstop is tied for third in the NL with 11 home runs and fifth in the league for RBIs with 29. Crawford's bat was a big reason for the Giants' success in their 60-game season last year, and proving to be as big, if not more, of a factor this season. 

Crawford launched his 10th home run of the season on Tuesday, which made him the first Giants player to hit 10 home runs in his first 36 games played to begin the season since Barry Bonds in 2007. 

Bonds hit his 11th home run of the 2007 season in his 29th game, compared to Crawford hitting his in his 37th game.

It's worth noting though, that Bonds went on a bit of a drought, failing to hit his 12th home run until his 44th game in 2007. If Crawford is able to hit one more home run before he reaches 44 games played on the season, he'll have a better home run pace than Barry Bonds in his season where he broke Hank Aaron's all-time home run record.

Brandon Crawford loves "Great American Small Park"

Thursday wasn't the first time Crawford knocked in six runs against the Reds at Great American Ballpark. 

Cincinnati's ballpark has that nickname for a reason -- it's a hitters paradise. 

Crawford's success at the plate Thursday puts him in great company with one of the best players in Giants history. A lineup consisting of Crawford and McCovey would probably keep Reds pitchers up at night. 

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No, 19-4 is not a football score. 

Oftentimes when a baseball game gets out of hand, the boxscore tends to look like that of a football game. That's not the case for Thursday's Giants and Reds game. 

In football, a "scorigami" is the first unique final score of its kind, meaning no game has ever ended with that score in NFL history. At this point, after 101 seasons of football, there aren't many "scorigamis" left. If this were a football game, a 19-4 score would have been the first of its kind. 

So no, the Giants' 19-4 win over the Reds is quite literally not a "football score." 

Just a group of Giants legends

Crawford just continues to surround himself with great company. His 6-RBI performance Thursday put him on a very prestigious list. 

Mel Ott, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Willie McCovey, Will Clark, Bill Terry. Does it get much better than that?

Crawford might never reach some of the career numbers that some of those players accumulated throughout their careers. What he does have over most of them though, is more World Series championships. 

The Giants have won five in a row, and sit a major league-best 12 games over .500 on the season. After a four-game sweep of the Reds, San Francisco will return home to host the rival Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park for the first time this season. 


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