By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – Sometimes it’s the finale that’s most remembered. After losing the series, the Giants avoided the sweep behind another walk-off thriller. San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.
It’s becoming a show you don’t want to miss. The “walk-off” sensation is becoming a phenomenon. There’s no reoccurring star and the ending always leaves you stunned. After the Giants unraveled in the ninth, the Phillies scored two runs off Sergio Romo to tie the game 3-3.
Pinch-hitter Buster Posey singled to center field in the tenth, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. He reached third on a wild pitch and scored on Andres Torres two-out single to right field. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz caught the ball in the dirt in front of him and barely missed Buster with a headfirst slide.
“At that point in the game, I felt like it was worth the chance to take that risk,” Posey said. “You kind of see it and go.”
“Without Posey’s 90-foot advance,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “I don’t know if he scores on [Torres] hit. It was a great read. For that to work, you have to have some anticipation and get a good break off of second base.”
Javier Lopez staged the comeback when he blanked the Phillies to setup San Francisco’s rally. Andres lined a RBI single to right field on the first pitch for his fourth career walk-off. The Giants have recorded their fifth walk-off win this season.
“I want to be aggressive,” he explained. “I was sitting on one of [Bastardo's] sliders, but he threw me a fastball.”
Unlike the last two games, the Giants took an early lead behind Hunter Pence’s solo blast to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Pence hit his team leading seventh home run. But Kevin Frandsen tied the game 1-1 with a leadoff home run to start the fourth.
Barry Zito threw 7.0 innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts. The outing marked just the third quality start Giants starters have posted in the last 11 games. The only lapse in judgment came when he surrendered a home run to Frandsen.
“Obviously you don’t ever want to give up a home run,” Zito said. But if I’m going to give one up, I’d rather it be my friend than somebody I don’t know or really care about.”
Barry also sparked the sold out crowd when he recorded his 11th RBI in 322 career at-bats. He hit a ground single to to right fielder Delman Young to score in Brandon Belt for the 3-1 lead in the sixth.
“I got a fastball and tried to pull my hands on it,” he explained. “I don’t try to pull the ball too often, but I was able to have a quicker ball through the zone right there.”