Los Angeles, CA – The season is finally coming to a close and the Giants couldn’t be more happy to put this year behind them. The former World Series champs were eliminated last week from contention and would like to finish the season strong.
On their final road trip of the season, San Francisco returned to Los Angeles to face their rivals. After going into extra innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a walk-off single for the Dodgers 3-2 victory over the Giants.
Not the story book ending for San Francisco who faced their former closer Brian Wilson in the tenth. The win crowned Wilson as the winning pitcher who pitched against his former team for the first time since returning to the Majors.
“It was fun,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said of facing his former teammate. “You look forward to challenges against good pitchers, and he’s one of them.”
Brain allowed no runs or hits in his 11th appearance coming out of the bullpen. He retired three batters and issued a free pass. Wilson who was unavailable for media was asked for an interview while walking out of the clubhouse.
He simply replied, “Why do you want to talk to me? I didn’t do anything.”
While there was no reunion between San Francisco and the eccentric pitcher, there was a good battle at the “O.K. Corral”. The two teams who never disappoint were tied up through the extra innings.
Jeremy Affeldt who was reinstated from the disabled list, fell to 1-5 after recording the loss. He yielded a single to Carl Crawford to leadoff the inning. Nick Punto grounded into second baseman Marco Scutaro to first baseman Brandon Belt for the out.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Gonzalez said. “Through the at-bat I was looking for something to take up the middle. I took it like any at-bat with runners in scoring position. Create a good game plan and stay with it and not try to get bigger.”
Adrian hit a ground ball to center field, scoring Crawford for their eighth walk-off win. L.A.’s magic number has been cut down to number five before they clinch the division. Unfortunately for the Giants, they want no part in that celebration.
“It’s inevitable that they’re going to do that (clinch their division) and we’re going to do all we can to play our best ball and try to win games,” said San Francisco’s manager Bruce Bochy. “Were not going to get caught up in that, no one’s talking about them celebrating while facing us. We don’t like where we’re at. We were hoping to be in a better situation now but we’re not.”
The Giants put up a good fight, Hunter Pence went deep in the second giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead. But that was the one inning that got away from pitcher Matt Cain and the Giants. Scutaro dropped a pop-up fly ball. Cain later caught A.J Ellis’ line drive and over threw second for the out.
Juan Uribe was at third for the tying run before Mark Ellis knocked in a RBI single to tie the game 1-1. Pablo Sandoval caught Zach Greinke’s line drive but slipped and Greinke was safe at first. Matt walked Yasiel Puig to load the bases. But Carl flew out to center-fielder Angel Pagan to end the threat.
“It wasn’t an awful throw, but it was bad timing and sometimes that’s part of it,” Cain said. “We make that play all the time in Spring Training. It’s a simple play, but sometimes the timing’s off. Your going full speed and it’s just a little bit different.”
“It was a hard fought game, guys played well until that one inning were we had a hiccup,” said Bochy. “We had trouble catching the ball, executing cost us some runs but Maddie [Matt Cain] did great. They fought hard to get back in the game, but he [Adrian Gonzalez] fell threw with a big hit in the end.”
Puig put the Dodgers up 2-1 with a double in the seventh and Gregor Blanco tied the game again in the ninth. San Francisco had three runners on with one out and failed to produce any runs in the eighth. Relief pitcher Chris Withrow gave up a single to Pagan and walked Marco.
Paco Rodriguez replaced Withrow and intentionally walked Posey to load the bases. Pence then grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Giants also stranded a runner on second in the ninth. They fell 8-10 in extra inning games and suffered their ninth walk-off loss of the year.