Sometimes, you can’t draw a game up, and the Giants proved that on Tuesday night.
After Buster Posey tied the game in the eighth inning, the Giants prevailed on a bases-loaded walk. Brayan Villarreal’s 3-0 pitch to Marco Scutaro was a shade outside–maybe not even that. Villarreal threw his hands up after home plate umpire Mike Everitt didn’t react to his ball-four pitch, and the Giants jogged out from the dugout, seemingly in a sense of shock.
The dice finally rolled the Giants’ way, even after they hit a gruesome 0-for-10 with runners on scoring position. Brandon Belt’s lead-off triple in the fourth inning went to waste. Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford all went down. In the fifth, Joaquin Arias’ RBI triple also went to waste. And to enhance the frustration, Belt’s lead-off double in the sixth, you guessed it, went to waste.
However, Ryan Vogelsong kept San Francisco in the game. His command wavered in the first inning, as Jacoby Ellsbury singled, Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch and Dustin Pedroia reach on an infield single. That set the table for Mike Carp’s sacrifice fly, making the score 1-0.
Vogelsong found his groove after serving up a solo homer to Victorino in the third, going seven strong innings. He allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five.
Even Vogelsong’s sufficient outing merely kept the Giants afloat, and they needed all the breaks they could get–most notably, Victorino’s decision to catch Posey’s sacrifice fly in foul territory during the eighth inning. With little chance to throw out Scutaro breaking for home, he went ahead to field the ball anyway.
Leading up to the walk-off walk, Roger Kieschnick picked up his third hit of the game, Andres Torres walked and Hector Sanchez was drilled on the wrist.