The San Francisco Giants avoided a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon at the hands of the Washington Nationals, defeating them 7-1 to salvage the series finale. The Giants have never been swept in a four game series at AT&T Park and have not been swept at all this year.
Tim Hudson stopped the Giants three-game losing streak as he pitched another beauty, going seven innings and improving his record to 7-2. He currently owns the best ERA in baseball with a 1.81 mark and the Giants are 10-2 in his starts.
The Giants never lead in any of the first three games before taking their first lead of the series in the bottom of the second. The Giants suffered their first series loss in their last nine series and are 19-6 in day games this season.
Brandon Crawford extended his hitting streak to eight-games on the day and the Giants are 16-4 in series finales. They are 30-6 when scoring first and 26-2 when scoring five runs or more. The orange and black are 11-6 versus the National League East, while going 8-6 at home against them. The Giants will see the Nationals again in August from the 22nd-24th for a weekend series in Washington.
The Giants continue the homestand Friday night for a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies as they own an 18-14 record versus the National League West and 7-5 at home against their division rivals. The Giants will enter Friday's game having gone a season-high six games without hitting a home run. They are 32-10 when they homer at least once in a game.
Lastly, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting one of the Giants' top relief prospects, Derek Law, has an elbow injury and the injury is described as "forearm tightness" often a symptom of a torn UCL, (Ulnar-Collateral Ligament) which usually requires Tommy John surgery. Law will meet with the team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki in Arizona on Saturday for an examination.
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