The Giants completed yet another comeback – this time in epic, extra inning fashion – as they defeated the Phillies 9-6 in fourteen innings.
San Francisco jumped out to an early lead when Hunter Pence, who leads the National League in hits and runs, led off the game with a single. Pablo Sandoval delivered a two-out RBI double to make it 1-0 Giants.
But Philadelphia took the lead right back in the bottom of the first when Ben Revere led off with a single, Jimmy Rollins walked, and Chase Utley singled in Revere. After Yusmeiro Petit stuck out Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd grounded out to score Rollins, and suddenly it was 2-1.
The persistent Giants offense showed up for the second straight game, and they tied the game in the second when Gregor Blanco led off with a walk, stole second, took third on a throwing error by Cameron Rupp, and scored on a groundout by Brandon Crawford. Pence gave his team the lead in the fifth when he led off with a towering, 454-foot home run to center.
Petit, however, was unable to pitch a shut-out inning in the bottom of the fifth, and the Phillies took advantage. Revere collected his third single of the night before Rollins crushed a two-run home run to right. Howard’s one-out single followed by Byrd’s double gave Philadelphia a 5-3 lead. Starting in place of an injured Matt Cain, Petit didn’t impress, lasting five innings and giving up seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and five strikeouts.
San Francisco scratched across a run in the seventh against Ken Giles when Ehire Adrianza, who entered the game to replace Joe Panik (who left in the second with a right ankle sprain), hit a double. Posey singled to second, and the ball trickled off of Utley allowing Adrianza to score.
The Giants were poised to drop game two of the series with one out in the top of the ninth down 5-4, but then came Posey, who hit his 11th home run of the season off of Jonathan Papelbon to tie it up at five and send the game into extra innings. It was the first home run Papelbon has surrender this year and gave Posey his seventh RBI since the All-Star break.
Another spectacular bullpen performance by the entire Giants staff kept the game tied for the next five innings. Juan Gutierrez, Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, and George Kontos – literally the entire bullpen – combined to throw nine innings, allowing four hits, seven walks, and striking out five. They kept their team in the game for the second straight night and set up the offense for more late heroics.
With one out, Posey doubled and Sandoval was intentionally walked ahead of Kontos, who laid down a perfect bunt to advance both runners. Blanco battled his way through a tough at-bat before working a walk, and Crawford laced a bases-clearing double to left-center field. Hector Sanchez followed it up with a single to score Crawford, and it was 9-5 Giants.
Kontos (3-0) and Tim Lincecum combined to throw the bottom of the fourteenth. Howard led off with a single, and Wil Nieves crushed a one-out double before Lincecum took over on the mound. The Giants starter got Cody Asche to ground out, scoring Howard, and Dominic Brown to hit a ground ball to Posey to end the game and earn his first career save.
Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 3.38) will hope to pitch late into the game on Wednesday as he takes on AJ Burnett (6-9, 4.08).