Despite a blown save in the 9th inning by Sergio Romo, the Giants would survive and manage to win in extras.
It would be Andres Torres coming through in the bottom of the 10th with runners on the corners and 2 outs. Torres whacked a single to right field off of Antonio Bastardo of the Phillies to score in Buster Posey from third for a 4-3 walk off win. The San Francisco Giants (20-14) manage to avoid getting swept at home by Philadelphia (16-19).
Torres had come into the game on a double switch in the 8th inning.
The Giants had a 3-1 lead entering the 9th in which all three runs were scored off of Jonathan Pettibone during his 5 2/3 innings. Hunter Pence hit a solo shot in the 2nd for his 7th home run of the year. Marco Scutaro singled to center in the 5th to score in Gregor Blanco. Scutaro was 3-5 on the day. Then in the 6th, Barry Zito singled to right field to score in Brandon Belt for the Giants’ third run.
On the mound, Zito pitched 7 plus allowing one run and four hits while striking out three. Zito would be pulled in the 8th inning after allowing a lead off single by Carlos Ruiz and would get a no decision.
Santiago Casilla came in to relieve Zito for the next two batters getting a strikeout and then a grounder for a fielder’s choice at 2nd. The lefty Jeremy Affeldt then came in to face left handed batter Domonic Brown in which Brown grounded the ball right back to him for an easy third out.
The 2-run lead, however, could not be protected by Giants closer Sergio Romo. Things were rocky from the start when Jimmy Rollins hit a lead off double to deep right.
Romo managed to get Kevin Frandsen to foul out to right but that allowed Rollins to move up to third base. Frandsen had managed to hit his first home run of 2013 to left in the 4th inning which was the only run for the Phillies heading into the 9th.
After Frandsen, Romo walked Michael Young to put runners on the corners with one out. Then Chase Utley hit a single to center allowing Rollins to score and Michael Young to get to third while Utley advanced to 2nd on the throw.
The Phillies then tied the game when Delmon Young hit a sac fly to right allowing Michael Young to score from third. Carlos Ruiz then flied out to center to end the top of the 9th with a tie game. It was Sergio Romo’s 2nd blown save of the year.
After the Giants failed to get in Marco Scutaro from 2nd in the bottom of the 9th, the game went to the 10th where their luck would improve. Buster Posey came in to pinch hit for Brandon Belt who was 0-2 on the day. Posey would hit a lead off single off of Antonio Bastardo to lead off the side.
Joaquin Arias then pinched hit for the pitcher’s spot who ended up sac bunting Posey over to 2nd base. Posey would then reached third on a wild pitch by Bastardo and Brandon Crawford managed to get on 1st with a walk. Guillermo Quiroz, who was the starting catcher for the game, then struck out leaving it up to Andres Torres who would single in Posey for the walk off.
The win would go to Javier Lopez (1-0) who pitched the top of the 10th allowing just 1 hit.
If not for this walk off win, the Giants would’ve been swept at AT&T Park by the Phillies. Philadelphia took game one 6-2 as Madison Bumgarner (3-1) had his first rough start and loss of the season. Bumgarner allowed 5 earned runs in 6 innings of work. Meanwhile, Cliff Lee (3-2) allowed just 2 earned in 8 innings as he picked up his third win of the year.
Game two also ended in a 6-2 win for the Phillies. Tim Lincecum (2-2) allowed 5 earned runs himself but in 7 innings of work while Kyle Kendrick (4-1) allowed just 2 earned in 7 innings.
The Phillies now head for Arizona as the Giants stay at home for a four game series with the Atlanta Braves (20-13). San Francisco’s probables are Ryan Vogelsong (1-2), Matt Cain (1-2), Madison Bumgarner (3-1), and Tim Lincecum (2-2). Atlanta’s probables are Julio Teheran (1-0), Tim Hudson (4-1), Paul Maholm (4-3), and Kris Medlen (1-4).
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Written by Daniel Trucios