Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 23, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Pablo Sandoval matched Willie Mays, Hector Sanchez hit his first big league home run and Madison Bumgarner won his third consecutive start as the Giants swept a doubleheader from the New York Mets with a 7-2 victory Monday night.
Sandoval hit safely in both games – he hit a two-run home run in the first inning of Game 2 – to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. That ties the San Francisco-era franchise record to start a season; the “Say Hey Kid” hit safely in the first 16 games of the 1960 season.
Mays ended up leading the NL with 190 hits that season.
The Giants swept a doubleheader in New York for the first time since 1997 and won three of four in the series at Citi Field, even though they played a man short in every game. They didn’t have Ryan Theriot on Friday or Saturday after he couldn’t get on the charter flight because of a severe stomach virus. They played both games Monday without Aubrey Huff, who sent a text message in the morning to Manager Bruce Bochy to say he had to attend to an urgent personal issue.