The San Francisco Giants were on their way to setting a record for most pitchers used in a team shutout. The parade of pitchers showed Cain, Affeldt (pitched final game of career), Gearrin, Romo, Bochy (manager’s son?), Broadway, Osich, Lopez, Kontos, Hall, and Petit. That’s a total of eleven pitchers and Bochy was going match ups virtually every other AB in the last four innings. Javier Lopez started the ninth with a 3-0 lead and promptly got Jose Reyes for the first out. Colorado had only two hits at that point.
Rafael Ynoa pinch hit for CarGo so he can hit from the right side against Lopez. Single on the first pitch. Kontos replaced Lopez to face NoDo. Another single on the second pitch. Corey Dickerson got in a deep hole with a 0-2 count on him. Boom! One swing tied the game at 3-3. Colorado decided they are having fun now. Single by Ben Paulsen. Another pitcher change to bring in a lefty to face Dan Descalso. Walk. Single by Garneau to load the bases. Two-run single by pinch hitter Justin Morneau to take the lead 5-3. Another pitching change and the last guy was Petit. Chuck_Nazty finished the offensive attack with a two-run single for a 7-3 lead.
John Axford came in and made the game a little exciting. Two walks sandwiched around a double had the bases juiced with one out. Matt Duffy who had a career .500 BA with bases loaded struck out for the second out. Buster Posey up next swung at the first offering by Axford into a ground out at none other than NoDo. Game over and the hero is Corey Dickerson. I checked off this game as a walk off, since we pretty much walked off the Giants in the ninth inning except that we batted in the top of the ninth. 🙂
Had the Rockies lost, they would have moved up to the third overall pick. Instead they are in a three-way tie for fourth pick with Milwaukee and Oakland. Anybody know how the draft order is determined in ties? But in a way, it felt like a world series win today with the way we rallied and the crowd went silent. You could hear a pin drop. We also took yet another series win at AT&T Park. Aaaahh, it felt so goooood to send the Giants out on a long off season ice fishing.