San Francisco, CA – It felt like a playoff game but it’s only game four of the regular season. The excitement between these two rival teams never gets old. Bottom of the twelfth inning, back-up catcher Hector Sanchez lined a tie-breaking single to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“He’s such a confident kid,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He wants to be up there with men on base. And he usually ends up getting some good swings.”
“I have to be ready for any situation,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez recorded his fourth career walk-off hit and his first since June 22, 2013 against Miami. Trailing 2-1, San Francisco tied the game bottom of the ninth when Brandon Belt’s RBI double scored in Angel Pagan who got on base after hitting a single off Kenley Jansen’s glove.
The Giants went 0-for-5 with the bases loaded and are 2-for-13 in those situations this year. It almost seemed certain that San Francisco would open up their offense after having the bases loaded in the fourth, fifth and tenth innings. But each time they failed to score in any runs leaving 15 runners on base.
“When you have a couple of really nice chances and don’t score, that can be frustrating,” said Bochy. “But the guys kept fighting.”
Tim Licnecum lowered his ERA from 9.90 to 7.20 after having one of his best starts. He tossed his first scoreless inning in his third start this season. The last two previous starts he was destroyed by Paul Goldschmidt who homered off him each time in both starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Tonight it was Juan Uribe who was two shy of the cycle. He homered off Lincecum in the second to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Then he doubled off Jean Machi, moved to third base on Tim Fedorwicz’s sacrifice bunt and scored the tie-breaking run off Justin Turner’s pinch-hit single off Javier Lopez.
“I got better as the game went on, mechanically a little off in the first couple of innings,” Lincecum said. “I stayed aggressive in the strike zone especially against Uribe, he hurt me early in the game.”
Lincecum recovered quickly and struck out the side top of the third. That was the first time he struck out three batters consistently in 2014. He got out of a bases loaded jam after loading the bases top of the fourth. But “Le Freak” struck out both Uribe and Fredorwicz to end the inning leaving three stranded.
“Its a big win,” Lincecum said. “Especially when you win in the morning.”