Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GIANTS      77-58     ...           Rallies in eighth, ninth, and tenth to win it.
Los Angeles  73-63   4.5 GB    'Doctor Longball' prescribes a win.

Giants defeated Arizona, 9-8, in ten innings.
LA beat San Diego, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Giants host Arizona; 7:15 at the 'Bell;. Ryan Vogelsong goes for his 13th win against Ian Kennedy, also seeking his 13th win.
LA's at home against San Diego again, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

Last Night's Game
Not to put too fine a point on it, but these are the kind of games that pennant-winning teams tend to pull out at this time of year. Barry Zito, given a 4-0 first inning lead, imploded in the sixth along with his bullpen mates, to the tune of four runs allowed and a 7-4 deficit. The Giants then resolutely chipped away. Five ground balls in the seventh-- the first of them a pinch single by 2012's Forgotten Man, Aubrey Huff-- brought one run across. Arizona answered back in the eighth, but a big inning was averted when a series of sharp relays between catcher Hector Sanchez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval resulted in our old friend, Cody Ransom, being tagged out at the plate. In the bottom of the frame, after two were out, three straight hits by Sanchez, Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt made it 8-7. Then it was the ninth, and Marco Scutaro's leadoff double followed by Buster Posey's 85th RBI to tie the game. And after winning pitcher Sergio Romo's perfect top of the tenth, it was small-ball all the way: Crawford's single, runner-advancing outs by Brett Pill and Angel Pagan, and then Scutaro coming through with the walk-off grounder through the hole and into left.

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