San Francisco Giants Go High Drama In Arizona Finale; Win On Hector Sanchez Walkoff Homer


Hector Sanchez clubbed a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Colorado Rockies closer Rex Brothers and the San Francisco Giants closed out the Arizona portion of their exhibition schedule with an 8-6 win at Scottsdale Stadium Wednesday.

The Giants (17-10) trailed 6-0 before scoring eight runs in the final three innings, all courtesy of the long ball.

Hunter Pence got the party started in the seventh when he hit his fifth Cactus League homer off Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins after Brandon Belt started the inning with a line single to right.

In the bottom of the eighth, Nick Masset came on to pitch for Colorado (14-13) and got two quick outs before things got away from him.

Juan Perez singled and stole second and Tyler Colvin followed with a walk. Masset then struck out Belt, but the wild pitch on strike three got away from Rockies catcher Jackson Williams and instead of being out of the inning, Masset faced a bases-loaded situation.

Jarrett Parker, who played at Double-A Richmond and had nine at-bats with the big club all spring, belted a grand slam to center field to tie the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, Ehire Adrianza walked and moved up to second on Gregor Blanco’s sacrifice bunt before Sanchez ended it with his drive to right field. It was the second spring homer for Sanchez.

It was not an impressive outing for Matt Cain, whose spring ERA ballooned to 7.47 after he gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings, striking out one. Josh Osich walked three and struck out one while getting two outs, Yusmeiro Petit struck out three and gave up a hit in 1.1 innings, Santiago Casilla surrendered a hit in a scoreless eighth and Jean Machi (1-1) walked two while getting through the ninth without allowing a run.

Sanchez, who entered the game in the sixth, finished 2-for-3 and is hitting .340 this spring.

The Giants head home to host the Oakland A’s in the first game of the Bay Bridge Series at AT&T Park Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

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