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Top 5 Moments From April for San Francisco Giants

Top 5 Moments From April for San Francisco Giants

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The San Francisco Giants' up-and-down route to first place in the NL West after one full month of action in the 2014 MLB season featured some outstanding highlights and inexplicable low-lights. Each of the Giants' offseason acquisitions made an impact in April, whether it be veteran hurler Tim Hudson, slugging outfielder Mike Morse or scrap-heap pickup Brandon Hicks. San Francisco is a contender in 2014. Five moments encapsulate that fact.

5. Tim Hudson Sets Franchise Record

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5. Tim Hudson Sets Franchise Record

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Some pundits were unsure if Hudson would be able to rekindle the type of success he enjoyed before suffering a nasty ankle injury that derailed his 2013 season. Hudson has virtually spit in the faces of doubters, registering a 4-1 record with a 2.17 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched. Hudson set a Giants franchise record with 30 consecutive innings without surrendering a walk to begin the season -- an admirable feat from the league's active wins leader.

3. Giants Chase Hyun-Jin Ryu in Dodgers' Home Opener

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3. Giants Chase Hyun-Jin Ryu in Dodgers' Home Opener

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After enduring their first losing season since 2008, the Giants were at odds-end entering the 2014 campaign. While some writers believe the Giants are a playoff-caliber team, practically nobody is slotting San Francisco as favorites to knock off the Dodgers in the NL West. The Giants spoiled the Dodgers' home opener on Apr. 4, chasing Ryu for eight runs in two innings en route to an 8-4 win, silencing the beach ball maniacs at Dodger Stadium.

2. Hector Sanchez's Extra Inning Grand Slam

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2. Hector Sanchez's Extra Inning Grand Slam

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After dropping five of six games, the Giants were on the cusp of becoming a .500 ball club, facing a sweep in Colorado. Backup catcher Hector Sanchez made sure that wouldn't happen by crushing a grand slam deep into right center field in the top of the 11th inning on Apr. 23, eventually giving the Giants a 12-10 win. San Francisco has won six of seven games since Sanchez's blast and now sit atop the NL West with a solid 17-11 record.

1. Brandon Hicks' Walk-Off Three-Run Bomb

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1. Brandon Hicks' Walk-Off Three-Run Bomb

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Scrap-heap pickup Brandon Hicks has been the feel-good story of the season thus far for the Giants. Hicks has provided power at the bottom of the Giants' lineup, crushing five home runs in April. None of his long balls were more exhilarating than his three-run walk-off bomb with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Apr. 27. The Giants won the game 4-1, sweeping the Indians in the process.