Giants Walk-Off, Capture Second Straight Win
Brandon Crawford lined a single to center field with a man on second and third that scored Brandon Belt and broke a 2-2 in the ninth and sent the home crowed home happy.
Belt replaced Pablo Sandoval at first after Sandoval appeared to injure himself earlier in the game doing the splits defensively at first base.
Sandoval will have an MRI Wednesday to see the extent of the damage, and a disable list stint is more than possible at this point. News will come down as soon as anything is known.
Madison Bumgarner (11-6) was given a two run lead in the first inning, as the Giants for the second time in as many days struck early against division foe San Diego Padres.
However, unlike Monday, the lead would not hold up.
In the second inning the Padres started their own rally with a Carlos Quentin, lead off double. He scored two batters later when another double was hit, this time by Jason Guzman. Bumgarner was almost out of the inning after he intentional walked the eighth hitter to face counterpart Edinson Volquez . However a sharp single into right-center field dashed all hopes of getting out of the inning with the lead.
With a chance to respond in the third, the Giants failed to push across a run. San Francisco landed base runners on first and third with one out. Buster Posey, who hit a three run home run Monday in a similar situation, struck out and so did Belt.
Tuesday night’s game resmembled the first game of the series in many different ways. After getting off to a rough start, Volquez (6-7), like Clayton Richards the night before, settled down and pitched a real good ball game from the second inning on. Volquez retired the Giants in order in the second and fourth inning. Unlike Richard, Volquez never collasped.
Pitching seven innings and only giving up three hits, He did everything he could to keep his team in the game. But Bungarner, despite giving up twice as many hits, was just as good.
The play of the game came an inning after the pitchers left. With a man on first a ball was rapped into left-center field and appeared to be a guaranteed double. Angel Pagan tracked the ball however, and was able to make a diving play on it. Coming up with it quickly, he fired it into the infield which in turned doubled off the lurking runner who was closer to third than first when the catch was made.
The game saving catch shifted all the momentum to the Giant dugout.
The teams will take the diamond one more time against each other, as a sweep is in order.