After blowing a six-run lead in a heartbreaking loss Tuesday night to the Rockies, the Giants clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit in the late innings to return the favor to Colorado Wednesday afternoon and secured their first winning homestand since May 20-26.
Yusmeiro Petit followed his near perfect game last week with a solid outing (5.2 IP, 3R, 7K), and a late surge of singles in the eighth inning including RBI hits from Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt led the way to a 4-3 victory for San Francisco.
“Any time you lose a game like we did last night and squander a six-run lead it’s frustrating. The way the game was going today was frustrating, I think we left a battalion on base out there,” said Bruce Bochy. “We had some big at bats that last inning… this was a big game for us.”
The Giants left a total of 13 runners on base, but managed to string together just enough offense to come away with the one-run win. In the seventh inning the Giants got a gift of three consecutive batters walked with no outs, ironically from pitcher Josh Outman, but were unable to take advantage, scoring just one run on a sacrifice fly.
The bottom of the eighth was a different story, as the base hits piled up on the Rockies, and the Giants took a one-run lead that they would not relinquish. The go-ahead RBI for Belt was his 27th in the seventh inning or later, which is tied for fourth most in the NL.
One of the biggest plays in the game came in the top of the sixth inning with two runners on for the Rockies, and two runs already in. On a base hit off the bat of Jonathan Herrera, Nolan Arenado rounded third base to challenge the arm of left fielder Roger Kieschnick, who threw a perfect one-hop strike to the plate, nailing Arenado by two steps to limit the damage.
Even after being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on the day with a Cincinnati victory, the Giants remain competitive and professional.
“It’s all about pride. You don’t have a choice in this game, it’s what you’re paid to do, come out here and give it our best. We’re disappointed with where we’re at, but we’ll keep fighting,” said Bochy.
Next up for the Giants is a four-game series in Los Angeles, with a scenario in which the Dodgers can clinch the NL west against the Giants.
“If we have any say in it, which we do, we don’t want them to be able to celebrate on us. We’re going to do what we can to go in there and win that series,” said Belt.