San Francisco, CA – The Giants rallied a comeback in the sixth scoring four runs to tie the game. But it was Joe Panik that leadoff eighth with a triple to setup the winning play that gave San Francisco the lead and the 6-5 victory over the Phillies.
The second base position has been in flux for much of the entire season. Panik was called up from Triple-A Fresno on June 21st. Since then he’s been making his presence known at second. Today he went 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and scored the game’s winning run.
“I’ve hit my stride here,” Panik said. “I’m comfortable with where I’m at and I’m really trying to help this team win now.”
Gregor Blanco drove in Panik with a RBI single. But let’s credit the entire offense for rallying the comeback. The Giants caught a huge break in the sixth. Buster Posey leadoff the inning with a single. Pablo Sandoval popped up and the ball dropped between the second and third baseman resulting in a fielder’s choice and an error at second.
San Francisco had two runners on with no outs, Michael Morse who went 3-for-3 hit a RBI double. Panik followed with a infield single that bounced up and over the pitcher who was late with the tag to first and Sandoval scored. Blanco followed with a RBI single and Angel Pagan’s sacrifice fly tied the game 5-5.
“The bats came alive,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “We started placing the ball well, kept the line moving, and when that happens, it really picks up the energy.”
Hunter Pence got things rolling when he went yard in the first giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead. But the Phillies took the lead in the third scoring two runs. Tim Hudson walked Jimmy Rollins and gave up two back-to-back singles. Ryan Howard hit a RBI single and Marlon Byrd followed with a sacrifice fly extending their lead 2-1.
“I didn’t really hold up my end of the bargain,” Hudson said. “But everybody else did and sometimes that’s enough to win. I wasn’t really in sync much of the game, it just wasn’t a very good day for me.”
The Phillies opened up their offense in the fifth by scoring three runs. Ben Revere leadoff the frame with a single followed by a walk to Rollins. Chase Utley hit a RBI double and Howard followed with a two-run single. Hudson was chased off the mound and the bullpen came in to take over.
Hudson surrendered five earned runs on eight hits and three walks. He tossed four innings which marked his second shortest outing this season. The Giants won for the fourth time this season when trailing by four or more runs. Prior to today’s game, San Francisco overcame a four-plus run deficit at home last season on May 25th against Colorado.
“Hopefully where getting back to who we are,” said Bochy. “A team who gets contributions from everybody throughout the lineup.”