After taking the first two games of this series, the Giants let the sweep slip away.
The Washington Nationals (24-23) managed to avoid getting swept at AT&T with 2-1 win in 10 innings against the San Francisco Giants (26-21). The Nats Bryce Harper, who hadn’t gotten a hit in the first two games of the series, managed to get on base in the 10th inning with a 1 out double off of Jeremy Affeldt. After an intentional walk issued to Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond singled to right allowing Bryce to score from second. Zimmerman would gets to third and Desmond would advance to 2nd on Hunter Pence’s throw to home plate.
Harper was 2-5 on the day and was responsible for the 1st run for the Nationals hitting his 12th home run of the year off of Madison Bumgarner in the 6th.
After allowing Washington’s 2nd run to score, Affeldt (L, 1-1) would get Adam LaRoche to ground out right back to him for an easy out and then get Roger Bernadina to strike out swinging to end the top of the 10th.
Despite being able to come back to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Giants couldn’t do anything in the 10th. Nationals closer Rafael Soriano came in and got a 1-2-3 inning for his 13th save of the year. Marco Scutaro would be the last batter for the Giants flying out to left not allowing the on deck hitter Buster Posey a 5th at bat.
Most of the game was a pitchers duel between two southpaws. Washington’s Gio Gonzelez had the Giants stumped for 7 innings while Madison Bumgarner went 7 allowing just the home run in the 6th.
Gonzalez would be pulled in the 8th with 1 out after issuing a walk to Angel Pagan. Nats reliever Drew Storen would come in and walk Marco Scutaro setting up the NL MVP Buster Posey to hit in the tying run which he did. Posey hit a single to left allowing Pagan to score from 2nd to the tie the game. It was Posey’s only hit of the day in 4 at bats.
The following two batters, however, could not get in Marco Scutaro, who represented the go ahead run, from 2nd base. Hunter Pence would line out to right with Bryce Harper making the catch with a diving effort. Then Brandon Belt, who was pinch hitting for Brett Pill, grounded in a fielder’s choice at first as Adam LaRoche made a diving effort to trap the ball and then throw to 2nd to get Posey out on the force to end the inning.
The 9th was uneventful for either team. Sergio Romo came in for the top of the inning allowing just a 1-out single to Danny Espinosa before getting Kurt Suzuki to line out to right and Chad Tracy to strike out looking. The Nats had Tyler Clippard (W, 3-1) pitch the bottom of the 9th getting a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. After that, Washington would win it in the 10th.
Game one of this series was a blowout win for the Giants 8-0 but it came at a price. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong got hit by a pitch in his throwing hand when he was at bat. He broke two bones, had surgery on Tuesday, and will be out 4-6 weeks.
The 2nd game ended in a walk off win for the Giants 4-2 in 10 innings. Pablo Sandoval hit a 2-run walk off home run to deep left center in the bottom of the 10th. Sandoval was not in the starting lineup for game 3 of the series only to pinch hit for reliever Javy Lopez in the 8th. He would ground out to third.
Gregor Blanco was key in that 10 inning win on Tuesday night. With a man on first in the bottom of the 9th and two outs, Blanco hit a triple over the head of Bryce Harper in right field to tie the game at 2-2. Gregor went 3-4 in game two and was used as a substitute in the other two games.
The Giants now take a day off before they start a three game series with the Colorado Rockies (26-21) in San Francisco. The Giants swept the Rockies in their last visit to AT&T but Colorado took 3 out of 4 from San Francisco when the Giants went to Denver just last weekend.
San Francisco’s probables are Tim Lincecum (3-3) and Barry Zito (3-3) with the pitcher for game 3 unknown at this time. Colorado’s probables are Tyler Chatwood (2-0), Juan Nicasio (4-1), and Jon Garland (3-5).
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Written by Daniel Trucios