San Francisco, CA – They’ll take it anyway they can get it. The Giants rallied a comeback to tie the game in the eighth frame. Bottom of the ninth Red Sox closer Franklin Morales did the unthinkable and loaded the bases with two outs.
Walk-off wins hasn’t been San Francisco’s strongest area this season. But tonight it was Boston’s error that led to their win. The Red Sox substituted Morales with Brayan Villarreal who walked Marco Scutaro. The Giants bested Boston 3-2, in pure walk-off fashion.
“You take it any way you can get it,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “And this was a good one.”
Roger Kieschnick led the rally with a line drive single to center field. Pinch-hitter Andres Torres was issued a free pass and pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez was hit by a pitch. Three runners on and Villarreal walked Scutaro after missing the strike zone four times. That’s certainly not something you see everyday.
Joaquin Arias who replaced Pablo Sandoval after being scratched due to back soreness got San Francisco back in the game. He hit a RBI triple in the fifth, scoring Kieschnick who had a career-high going 3-for-3 tonight.
Trailing 2-1, Buster Posey tied the game in the eighth with a sacrifice fly into right-field foul territory scoring in Marco. The Giants began to regain the look of a team who has won two World Series.
“We were dying for a win,” said Scutaro. “It’s frustrating sometimes, our starting pitcher did a great job, and we couldn’t score any runs for him. As an offense, it’s frustrating.”
San Francisco tied the series despite a rocky start by righty Ryan Vogelsong who pitched a good game. He yielded two runs and scattered six hits in seven innings. This was his longest outing in three starts since returning from the disabled list with a fractured pinkie.
Vogelsong was a bit erratic in the first allowing three hits and a hit batter. The Giants defense was no better as Jacoby Ellis made it on base with a ground ball that rolled past first baseman Brandon Belt out to right field.
“It’s nice to win one like this, because we’ve been on the other side of these, Ryan said. “When you play a tough game like that and things aren’t really going your way… We had guys on third base multiple times. It’s good to come out on the winning end when you bust your butt for three hours.”
Vogelsong hit his next batter, Shane Victorino with a pitch. Dustin Pedroia followed loading the bases with a single to Marco at second base. Mike Carp then scored in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right field. Victorino added the second and final run with a leadoff solo home run to left field.
Notes – After a controversial series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Red Sox manager John Farrell expressed his opinion that Ryan Dempster should not be suspended for hitting Alex Rodriguez twice in Sunday’s contest before they faced the Giants on Monday.
“I don’t expect them [MLB] to do anything,” said Farrell, when asked if Dempster should be suspended. “Certainly there’re going to review it and deem what’s necessary. Some are going to take the view point that it was totally intentional, I don’t see it that way, Ryan has to establish his fastball. His split and his slider are critical to him and if he has right-handers laying all over the plate, we saw two at-bats later what can happen.”
MLB handed down a five-game suspension to Dempster today. He did not appeal the suspension and will be able to return Sunday when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Obviously, Boston’s manager felt strongly that he pitched inside but to the world it was an intentional hit that deserved punishment despite AROD’s appeal process against MLB’s Biogensis investigation.
“I will start serving my suspension tonight and it sucks anytime you get suspended in your career,” Dempster said. “I’ll serve it and be done with it so I can get back on Sunday. I’m taking my suspension and putting it behind me, no need for me to appeal. I will never take away trying to pitch inside.”