San Francisco, CA – The Giants recorded their second consecutive win in a dramatic fashion. Bottom of the ninth, the Angels were looking to tie the game with the tying run on base. Matt Joyce lined a ball off pinch-runner Taylor Featherstone who tripped running to second. That ball easily could’ve dropped in right field sending the game into extra innings but by MLB rules, that was the third out.
“It’s unfortunate that’s how the game ended after we got some action going, some good at-bats and got close,” said Featherstone. “But it’s one of those freak baseball things. He hit it on the screws, and I tried my best to get out of the way and couldn’t do it.”
“First time for me,” San Francisco manger Bruce Bochy said. “Never seen that. He smoked the ball. The runner really didn’t have a chance. But Joe [Panik] was there. Joe would have got to the ball and I’m sure he would have handled it.”
Tim Hudson finally got the runs to back his quality start. The 5-4 victory over the Angels gave him his first win this season. The offense got going early, starting pitcher Hector Santiago gave up two back-to-back singles to both Casey McGehee and Brandon Crawford. Nori Aoki’s two-run single cleared the bases making it a 2-0 game.
Hudson retired the first ten batters he faced until surrendering a solo home run to Mike Trout in the fourth. Crawford answered back with his own solo blast to extend the Giants lead 3-1. Santiago had faced 185 left-handed batters while only giving up one home run, today he gave up his second as an Angel pitcher.
“I’m not a guy who’s known for complete games and pitching 250 innings a year, but it’s nice to know you can go out there and pitch deep into a game,” said Hudson. “I wouldn’t expect it too often from an old guy, to be honest.”
The veteran pitcher will be turning 40 this summer, yet he still pitches like he’s in his 20’s. Hudson walked off to a standing ovation and well deserved for his performance today. He tossed eight frames, gave up two hits, three runs, walked two and struck out three. Sergio Romo replaced Hudson in the ninth after he walked pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill to leadoff the inning.
Romo forced Eric Aybar to hit into a fielder’s choice. Trout followed with a single and Pujols struck out before Romo was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt. A few errors by the bullpen and the Angels are back in this game. Affeldt yielded a RBI single to Calhoun. And Closer Santiago Casilla surrendered a RBI single to David Freese. The Angels scored two runs to cut the lead to 5-4. But Joyce’s liner hit Featherstone to end the game.
Crawford hit his fifth home run of the season which leads all Major League shortstops. He continues to dominate against left-handed pitchers. This year he has gone 2-for-4 against Santiago. McGehee recorded a season-high there hits, as he went 3-for-4 with a RBI and run scored. Buster Posey extended San Francisco’s lead 5-4 when he went deep off reliever Vinnie Pestano.
“I wish I knew exactly what it was,” Crawford said of his success against left-handed pitchers. “I’d try it with righties too.”
“It was a day where things worked out for us really good,” said Hudson. “Posey called a good game and I was bale to change some speeds and locate the ball pretty well.”