The San Francisco Giants made it a little tougher on themselves, but also a little more exciting in Wednesday’s 4-2 walk-off win over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants had the 2-1 lead going into the ninth inning until closer Santiago Casilla hit a batter and gave up a double to Justin Morneau that tied up the game.
Eventually, the Giants only had one out left before going into extra innings but they had the right batter at the plate.
After hitting two home runs in Tuesday’s game Buster Posey had no problem doing it again. On a 0-1 count Posey took a mighty cut and drove the ball deep down the third base line to send everyone into a frenzy.
Posey is heating up at just the right time as the post-season gets closer and closer. He has five home runs in the last seven games and is batting over .400 during that span.
But he said it just comes down to just winning games. “We’ll take any kind of win, it’s important we came out on top”, Buster Posey said, still out of breath after rounding the bases and being hounded by his teammates at home plate.
It was a big win for the Giants and maybe even bigger for their manager Bruce Bochy, who came away with his 1,600th career victory as a manager, passing Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda on the all time win list. Although Bochy and the Giants got the win, a very deserving candidate did not.
Through the first four innings of Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies Tim Hudson was doing his best Madison Bumgarner impression. Hudson faced the minimum batters in the first four innings while striking out four before he gave up the lone run on a solo shot by Corey Dickerson that landed in McCovey Cove. He went on to pitch eight innings, giving up just four hits and struck out eight which helped him past a big milestone of 2,000 career strikeouts.
Thanks to some untimely mistakes by the Rockies and some timely hitting by the Giants they were just able to score enough to stay in the game.
In the fourth inning and in place for the slumping Brandon Crawford at shortstop, Matt Duffy came through with a big one-out double. It would be one of the three times he reached base in the game. Duffy’s double was then followed up by a single from the other young infield prospect Joe Panik. Gregor Blanco did what needed to be done and got the runner home. He didn’t crush the ball but simply laid down a perfect bunt towards first base making it 1-0.
The Giants wouldn’t get their second run until the seventh inning, and much of it can be put on the costly error by a Rockies relief pitcher. Nick Masset, who came out in relief for the seventh inning, was able to strike out Hudson to start the inning but that would be the only batter he retired. He subsequently walked Angel Pagan on a full count.
In a 1-1 game putting Pagan on the bases paths via walk is an error in itself. But the true error came when he threw towards first in a pickoff attempt and the ball steered right and ended up down by the Rockies bullpen. Buster Posey took advantage of the error and brought Pagan home, giving his team the 2-1 lead at that point.
As the N.L. West wild card race heats up, the Giants have been seeming to get just as hot. The walk-off win and near perfect game in two consecutive nights could be just enough motivation to give this team the extra push they need to secure that postseason spot.