. Instead of 2-0 and plane tickets being booked for Philly, the Giants were now in a competitive series tied at one. Jonathan Sanchez stepped on to the mound with questions swirling. Could the Giants big left hander continue to maintain his control and be the dominant force that he has shown to be? Over the last month Sanchez had been dominant in a time when the Giants needed him to be just that. However, the playoffs are a different animal. The Braves had already stolen a game on the road to steal lady momentum from the Giants side. Sanchez was in a truly huge game. His response would take momentum right back to the Giants side.
Jonathan Sanchez was filthy. The Braves could do nothing with his pitches. The man struck out 11 in 7.1 innings of work. The man had a no hitter through five innings. He also only walked one and allowed two hits. His one blemish was not even his fault. After Alex Gonzalez singled to center and was bunted over, Troy Glaus came into the game. Bochy despite seeing Sanchez was dominant, decided to take him out. Eric Hinske would then come in for Glaus and hit a big two run bomb to give the Braves a stunning 2-1 late lead. Bottom line is Sanchez cemented himself as a big game pitcher. It looked like Sanchez would suffer the same fate as Matt Cain.
Unlike last game, the Giants would not go down without a fight. The team would score three big runs in the ninth to win this game. Poor Brooks Conrad. The journeyman Braves second baseman made three errors. The most serious was a ninth inning error on a Buster Posey grounder that went through his legs. This gave the Giants the 3-2 win, the momentum, and a 2-1 series lead. A tough break for a guy that was just happy to finally be playing. Brian Wilson would close the door to preserve the 3-2 win.
The Giants go for the series win on Monday. Madison Bumgarner will face Derek Lowe. How will this rookie do? If it is anything like his previous virgin playoff mates, the Giants will be fine. However, the team needs the bullpen to regain its form. Too many late innings runs. This has already cost the Giants once. The team also needs runs. The lineup needs to make more of an impact. The dominant pitching is great, but balance would be nice. If nothing else Orange October lives for one more day. GOOOO Giants!!!!!!!!