San Francisco, CA – It was anyone’s game until the ninth inning. The Giants are becoming a hard team to beat but the Marlins found a way tonight. Miami scored twice in the ninth to beat San Francisco 7-5.
A leadoff walk is never good especially in the ninth. Christian Yelich was issued a free pass and Derek Dietrich followed with a single with no outs. Santiago Casilla struck out Giancarlo Stanton whose 17-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-5.
Casey McGehee’s RBI single was the tie-breaking run and an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford brought in another run for the Marlins making it a 7-5 game. The Giants were hitless in the last three innings going 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position and two outs tonight.
“Your going to have games like this,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “It’s not going to go your way.”
“We’ve seen these games go the other way, especially on the road,” McGehee said. “It was huge for us to stick in there and get this one.”
Yusmeiro Petit started in place of Tim Hudson who has a left hip strain. Petit yielded two home runs in the first two frames. Yelich went deep for the solo shot in the first and Dietrich blasted a two-run shot in the second.
Miami quickly jumped to a 4-1 lead in the fourth after Adeiny Hechavarria hit a sacrifice fly. But San Francisco didn’t stay quiet. Pablo Sandoval tied the game 1-1 when he drove in a run with a RBI double in the first and leadoff the fourth with his second double of the night.
“I feel very good,” said Sandoval. “I’m trying not to do too much and put the ball in play. I’m not worrying too much about mechanics.”
The Giants scored three runs pulling themselves within one run. Michael Morse hit an infield single, he was safe at first and Sandoval was safe at third with no outs. A wild pitch moved Morse to second putting both runners in scoring position. Both Brandon Crawford and Brandon Hicks drove in a run making it a 4-3 game.
Angel Pagan leadoff the fifth with a double. Hunter Pence followed with a line drive to Stanton who caught the ball. But when he threw for the out at second the ball dropped allowing Pence to be safe at second. The Marlins challenged the call and it was overturned, Pence was out. But that didn’t stop San Francisco, Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly scored in Pagan and the Giants were back within one run.
Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco tied the game 5-5 bottom of the sixth. With two on, Blanco knocked a single to right fielder Stanton scoring in Morse who leadoff the frame with a single. Pagan provided the best defensive play of the night when he ran into the wall catching Dietrich’s fly ball robbing him of a home run to leadoff the seventh.
San Francisco’s bullpen ran into some trouble containing Miami’s offense. After Jean Machi struck out the first batter he was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt who gave up two back-to-back singles in the eighth. Santiago replaced Affeldt to walk the next batter loading the bases with only one out. But no worries, he forced pinch-hitter Ed Lucas to ground into a double play to end the inning and left three runners
“It seemed like this was a game where whoever made the big play would win,” Yelich said.