SAN FRANCISCO - Bruce Bochy must have gotten a heck of a surprise when he checked his phone Sunday afternoon.
After days of talking about the need for the lineup to turn things around, Bochy took a red-eye flight to New York to be in attendance for Trevor Hoffman's Hall of Fame induction. His team finally broke out, with Buster Posey leading the offensive charge in an 8-5 win over the Brewers. The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up a game on the Dodgers, who came an out away from being no-hit in Atlanta.
Here are the details...
-- Pablo Sandoval gave the crowd a thrill with a two-run triple that added on to the lead in the fifth, and then he raced home to beat Christian Yelich's throw on a medium fly ball to right. But Sandoval grabbed at his right hamstring as he got up and he was replaced by Austin Slater in the top of the sixth.
-- Slater has made just three starts over the past three weeks, but he took advantage of the opportunity. He made an athletic catch at the dugout rail in the top of the seventh and then alertly threw the ball back to first as Sam Dyson doubled up Yelich, who had been running on the play. In the bottom of the inning, Slater shot a single into right.
-- Junior Guerra walked Gorkys Hernandez, Andrew Suarez and Andrew McCutchen with one out in the third. Posey cleared the bases with a double to the gap in left-center. Until that swing, Posey didn't have a three-RBI game all season. Posey had four hits on the afternoon.
-- Gorkys Hernandez smoked a ball into the net in center field in the fourth. The homer had an exit velocity of 107 mph, the second-fastest of the year for Hernandez. It was the hardest-hit of his 12 bombs.
-- Andrew McCutchen was removed in the top of the eighth. It was unclear what was bothering him, but he took a long time getting off the field after his at-bat in the bottom of the sixth.