The San Francisco Giants defeated the New York Mets by the final of 5-4 in walk-off fashion off the bat of Michael Morse. At one point the Giants were down 4-1, but a late offensive surge carried them to victory.
In the bottom of the ninth, with Jenrry Mejia looking to close out the Giants, Angel Pagan started things off with a strikeout. It wasn’t an ordinary strikeout, however, as he reached first on an errand throw by the catcher to first which pulled the first baseman off the bag. After a review by the umpires, the play was upheld.
Next at bat was Hunter Pence who built on the error by hitting a double to left and brought home Pagan to tie the game at 4-4. A sacrifice fly by Buster Posey would then move him over to third base, followed by an intentional walk to put Pablo Sandoval on first to create a double-play opportunity with runners on first and third with one out.
But, much to the chagrin of the Mets, Michael Morse came through in the clutch and hit a single to right field which brought Pence home to end the game in walk-off fashion for the San Francisco Giants.
This all came after a two-run sixth inning that saw Pagan hit a two-RBI single to knock home Brandon Crawford and Brandon Hicks. Eventually Posey would get a bases loaded at-bat with two outs, but Jeurys Familia was able to get out of the jam by striking out the San Francisco catcher.
As for Tim Hudson, he didn’t have the greatest of days, but did well enough to keep his team in the ball game until the bats woke up. He allowed three runs on nine hits to go along with five K’s and three walks in five innings. The other run scored by the Mets was allowed by George Kontos on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth after he replaced Hudson. Jeremy Affeldt was the winning pitcher.
Tomorrow the San Francisco Giants will go for the sweep with a Sunday afternoon game featuring Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01 ERA) and Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA). While Wheeler has been the victim of poor run support, Lincecum has been extremely inconsistent this season, though he has pitched much better at home (3.76 ERA) compared to on the road (6.84 ERA) this season.