Though Belt's home run gave a Giants team that was shutout for the seventh time this season on Friday evening an early lift, the club failed to capitalize on the momentum, and instead allowed the Twins to take command of the game.
Santana (8-3) walked one and struck out five.
"I found it to be an interesting scenario".
Twins' left fielder Robbie Grossman did manage to coax a walk out of the Notre Dame product, the second he's allowed since April 28, but it came immediately following the Dozier home run, a blow that cost the pitcher -and the Giants- dearly.
Speaking of the game's home run king, Bonds' spot atop the all-time Splash Hit list at AT&T Park is still safe, but Pablo Sandoval's grip on the No. 2 slot on the leaderboard is not. "It was good break for them", Bochy lamented.
Minnesota shut down Bochy's lineup for a second straight day, and it's the same story of missed opportunities for the Giants.
Crawford and Pence both struck out three times in the game, going a combined 0 for 8 in the batter's box.
"It's obvious they're not seeing the ball very well, either one", Bochy said. "That makes it tough, when you're in the heart of the order and you have a couple of guys struggling, that makes it tough to score runs. The main this is, it's nice to come to a team where you know a few of the guys".
I would expect San Francisco to do some damage against a career minor league pitcher but I'm not putting money on this train wreck... The lefty went 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA over 10 appearances (eight starts) in the regular season before dazzling in his lone postseason start in which he tossed seven shutout, three-hit innings with an Atlantic League postseason-record 14 strikeouts. That was enough to surrender San Francisco's lead, although Samardzija survived the inning and recovered to register a quick 1-2-3 sixth inning.
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But he also has given up six home runs during that stretch.
Matt Moore (2-7) allowed four runs in six innings to extend his winless streak to five starts.
"I felt real comfortable", Santana said after his 19th career complete game, the fourth this season.
This was a fun little subplot of Samardzija's start this afternoon against the Twins, in San Francisco. He had been 4-0 with a 3.67 ERA in his previous five matchups with Minnesota.
After the Giants (25-39) stranded the bases loaded in the third, the Twins tied the game up at 1-1 in their next turn at the plate when Kenny Vargas hit a towering blast off a 97 miles per hour fastball from Samardjiza.
Twins: After the game, LHP Randy Rosario was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga.
The Giants will counter with Jeff Samardzija, who enters the game on a remarkable strikeout run.
"That's a day I'll never forget", Bochy said. He took over for Joe Panik, out with a sprained thumb, at second as one of two players with any kind of success against Santana.
"I really didn't have a great inclination of where I might be headed", Dyson said.