The San Francisco Giants finished the month of April on a surge by winning seven of their last ten games that included a 5-1 homestand.
The team enters the month of May in first place with a 17-11 record, going 10-5 at home and 7-6 on the road. They went 14-11 facing the National League West in April and 3-0 against non NL West teams, a sweep against the Cleveland Indians.
The Giants offense showed plenty of flashes on how productive it can be and also went through a funk by not scoring enough runs. The team played in eight-straight one run games in April and are 7-6 overall.
The Giants ranked second in the NL with 32 home runs, fifth in scoring runs at 111, third with 88 walks, third with 109 RBI's and smacked 210 hits, The orange and black finished April with a .230 batting average.
The offense was led by Angel Pagan and Michael Morse, who both are batting over .300. Pagan has been the tone setter once again for the lineup, batting .337 in 25 games. He smacked 32 hits, six doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI's, seven walks and scored 11 runs. Pagan has a .379 on-base percentage and .463 slugging percentage equaling a .842 OPS.
Morse has been a power machine, producing a .301 batting average in 27 games so far. He has 25 hits, six doubles, six home runs, 20 RBI's, five walks and scored 11 runs. The left-fielder is producing a .344 on-base percentage and .590 slugging percentage totaling a .935 OPS.
The Giants pitching had it's moments of brilliance and struggled at times in April. The staff has the sixth best ERA in the NL with a 3.21 mark, while allowing 219 hits, 94 runs, 87 earned runs, 29 home runs, 201 strikeouts and holding the opposition to a .241 batting average.
Tim Hudson was by far the team's best pitching during the month, going 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA in six starts. The righty surrendered 32 hits, 12 runs, 11 earned runs, three home runs, two walks and 31 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. Opponents are batting just .195 off him. The team is 5-1 in his starts.
The Giants are 12-1 this season when they score first, while 5-10 when they don't score first. Keep this in mind, when the Giants homer at least once in a game they are 13-7 and 4-4 when they don't homer. The orange and black have homered in eight-straight games entering the month of May. The last time the Giants homered in eight-or-more consecutive games was during the 2010 season from September 23rd-October 3rd as they homered in 10-straight games to end the season. That team went on to win the World Series.
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