Drew Pomeranz, Pablo Sandoval team up to lead Giants to sweep of Blue Jays

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"I tried to pick my spots more, be more focused on making pitches than throwing hard like I have been in previous outings," Pomeranz said. "If I needed it, I would reach back for a little more but I think that's how you have to be as a starter."

The Giants struggled in the early innings against Blue Jays starter Clay Buchholz, but first baseman Brandon Belt broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double to drive in right fielder Steven Duggar in the fourth.

Sandoval extended the team's lead with his solo shot in the fifth against Buchholz, who pitched in the same Red Sox rotation as Pomeranz during the second half of the 2016 season.

"Buchholz was one of the guys I talked to the most when I first went over to Boston," Pomeranz said. "It's nice to see him still getting a chance to pitch."

The 399-foot laser Sandoval hit left-handed against his former Red Sox teammate was the hardest-hit ball by a Giants player this season and preceded another impressive swing in the sixth inning. The switch-hitter lined a 111.0-mile per hour one-hopper from the right side of the plate to shortstop Richard Urena, who robbed Sandoval of a base hit and at least one RBI with a clean pick of the second hardest-hit ball by a Giant in 2019.

"I'm healthy and when you're healthy, you can do everything out there," Sandoval said. "I don't have problems with my legs, my shoulder, so I'm just focused to do everything I can to come here and maintain that swing."


The Giants did cash in with two other run-scoring hits in the sixth as catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Evan Longoria each doubled in a run. Bochy had reliever Travis Bergen warming up before the bottom of the sixth, but two insurance runs allowed him to stick with Pomeranz, who recorded six shutout innings for the first time since September 19, 2017 when he achieved the feat for the Red Sox.

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