San Francisco, CA – Two teams have been battling for the top spot in the National League West throughout September. Four games away from clinching the division title is now within reach for the San Francisco Giants.
After a slow start the Giants recovered to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2. Lefty pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was close to being pulled in the second inning when he loaded the bases, gave up a hit and walked two batters back-to-back.
“Yea… I know how close I was to coming out in the second,” Sanchez said. “Two years ago I would’ve been pulled by the third so, I’ve definitely improved.”
The Diamondbacks scored their first run in the second frame when Rodrigo Lopez hit a sacrifice fly bringing in Adam LaRouche. By the third inning they increased their lead to 2-0 after Kelly Johnson’s solo home run.
But it wasn’t long before the Giants answered when Andres Torres tripled to set up Mike Fontenot’s single RBI to cut the lead to 2-1. The runs continued to come, leading off the fourth Juan Uribe belted a home run left field to tie the game 2-2.
“This is a big win for us,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We got off to a rough start, Sanchez struggled early but found a way through and he did a good job.”
The lefty walked four (one intentionally) in the first two innings. Once he calmed down Sanchez control the mound striking out six moving his season total to 200. He became the fourth left hander in franchise history to reach that level.
“I don’t look at my STATS, ” Sanchez said.
Pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz hit an RBI single to break the tie in the sixth. Rarely seeing much playing time, Schierholtz contribution to tonight’s game was huge.
“I’ve learned over this season and last season when to prepare for at-bat,” Schierholtz said. “It’s all about winning and I don’t think there’s anyone thinking about themselves or the position they’re in.”
Pat Burrell added the finale run when he hit a single RBI and secured the victory. San Francisco’s offense continues to improve and their main focus is to win games which will put them closer to clinching the division title.
“I can tell you nothing, but we’re close,” Pablo Sandoval said. “We have five more games here and we’ll play hard.” “We don’t get comfortable, we’ll play like it’s the first game of the season.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino