The San Francisco Giants are no strangers to late-inning drama, and they continued that trend on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as Buster Posey’s walk-off home run propelled the Giants to their 10th comeback win of the season.
According to #SFGiants PR guys, that’s the team’s seventh game-tying or go-ahead homer in eighth inning or later. Leads the Majors.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 4, 2013
Posey had two hits and drove in both of San Francisco’s runs. He tied the game in the sixth inning with a double off Dodgers starter Clatyon Kershaw.
Marco Scutaro’s one-out triple in the sixth inning broke Kershaw’s no-hitter and Posey followed with a double. Then, Hunter Pence singled sharply to center field, but Matt Kemp’s throw cut down Posey at the plate.
The Giants didn’t garner a base runner off Kershaw until the fourth inning when Angel Pagan walked. But Kershaw escaped trouble by getting Pence to swing through an elevated fastball.
Giants starter Barry Zito wasn’t as efficient as his counterpart. He walked a season-high four batters, allowed the lead-off hitter to reach in all 5.1 innings he pitched and his 25 scoreless innings streak at home was snapped when Nick Punto singled home a run in the fifth inning, which was preceded by Kershaw’s double.
After yielding a lead-off walk to Hanley Ramirez in sixth inning, manager Bruce Bochy was quick to remove his starter. Replacing Zito, Jeremy Affeldt surrendered a single to A.J. Ellis. But Pence’s accurate throw from right field gunned Ramirez trying to take third base. Ramirez appeared to have injured his hamstring on the play. Justin Sellers replaced him in the lineup.
Zito was in trouble constantly, but he induced three double-play grounders to escape the trouble. With runners on first and second in the third inning, he got Ramirez to ground into a double play. In the same situation in the fourth inning, Luis Cruz hit into a double play. And to cap off Los Angeles’s frustration, Kemp hit into a double play to end the fifth inning.