Updated: April 12, 2013
What a Come Back! Giants Win Again!
During the last three seasons, we, S.F. fans have watch our team come back to win a game many times. Well… This was one more game in which we suffered until the end. After trailing 5-0 through three innings, the Giants came from behind to win it! It finished with a final of, Giants 7, Chicago 6.
Chicago attacked Ryan Vogelsong early, scoring one run in the second. Ex-Giants player, Nate Schierholtz led off with a single on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Welington Castillo singled on a line drive to left fielder Gregor Blanco. Schierholtz advanced to second. Luis Valbuena came up to bat and struck out swinging. Then, Brent Lillibridge grounded into a force out, first baseman Brandon Belt to shortstop Brandon Crawford, scoring Schierholtz. Welington Castillo was out at second. Lillibridge advanced to second, on a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Crawford. Finally, pitcher Scott Feldman was called out on strikes.
In the third, Chicago Cubs score four more runs. Starling Castro doubled (2) on a pop up to first baseman Brandon Belt. Anthony Rizzo homered (3) on a fly ball to left center fielder bringing in two runs. Castro and Rizzo scored. With two outs and no one on bases, Nate Schierholtz singled on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Schierholtz stole (2) second base while Welington Castillo was batting. Then, Castillo singled on a sharp ground ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, and Schierholtz advanced to third. Luis Valbuena came up to bat and he walked, loading the bases. Castillo advanced to second. This was a great opportunity to score more runs and Brent Lillibridge did not fail! He singled on a soft line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence, scoring Schierholtz and Castillo. Valbuena advanced to third. Pitcher Vogelsong got out of the jam with a Scott Fieldman popped out to shortstop Brandon Crawford. So, the score was Colorado 5, Giants 0.
However, Giants came back! In the fourth, the Giants scored a four-run rally. Hunter Pence led off with a single to on a line drive to center fielder David DeJesus. With two outs and Pence on first, rookie Nick Noonan singled on a line drive to center fielder David Dejesus and Pence advanced to third. Pitcher Ryan Vogelsong reached on a fielding error by shortstop Starlin Castro, scoring Pence and Noonan advanced to third. Angel Pagan came up to bat and he singled on a ground ball to second baseman Brent Lillibridge, scoring Noonan and Vogelsong advanced to second. Then, Brandon Crawford was hit by pitch, loading the bases. Pablo Sandoval doubled (1) on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano, scoring Vogelsong and Pagan while Crawford advanced to third. Finally, pitcher Scott Fieldman got out the jam with a Buster Posey reached on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Luis Valbuena unassisted. Sandoval was out at third. This was an excellent rally for San Francisco and the score was Colorado 5, Giants 4.
But it was not over for San Francisco batters! They scored three more runs and took the lead 7-5. Brandon Belt singled on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Nate Schierholtz, deflected by first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Gregor Blanco walked. Belt advanced to second. It was all for Scott Fieldman! Pitcher Hisanori Takahashi replaced to Fieldman. Nick Noonan came up to bat and he singled on a fly ball to center fielder David DeJesus, loading the bases. And it was time for something “weird!” Pitcher Ryan Vogelsong walked with bases loaded. Brandon Belt scored while Blanco advanced to third and Noonan advanced to second. Angel pagan was out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Alfonso Soriano, scoring Blanco. But the party was not over! Brandon Crawford singled on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano, bringing in one more run. Nick Noonan scored and Vogelsong advanced to second. Pablo Sandoval came up to bat and he was walked and the bases were loaded again! Buster Posey struck out swinging finishing the rally.
Ryan Vogelsong began being hit very hard in the first three innings allowing five runs on eight hits. But, in the last three innings, he did not allow runs and no hits. Pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 7.15 ERA) struck out five and walked one in six innings Thursday afternoon, allowing five runs, four earned runs and 8 hits (a double, a home run).
Chicago scored one more in the 8th against Jeremy Affeldt who relieved to Vogelsong in the seven. Alfonso Soriano led off with a double (1) on a line drive to center fielder Angel Pagan. Nate Schierholtz singled to on a ground ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, deflected by pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. Soriano advanced to third. Immediately, Bruce Bochy sent pitcher Santiago Casilla to replace Affeldt. Welington Castillo came up to bat and he grounded into a double play, second baseman Nick Noonan to shortstop Brandon Crawford to first baseman Brandon Belt. Soriano scored and Schierholtz was out at second. Then, Luis Valbuena doubled (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Angel Pagan. Pinch-hitter Steve Clevenger replaced Brent Lillibridge. But, he failed to bring in run! He was called out on strikes.
Jeremy Affeldt pitched 1.0 inning allowing one earned run on two hits (a double). His ERA is 2.25.
Santiago Casilla threw 1.0 inning allowing one hit (a double). His ERA is 2.25.
Sergio Romo relieved Casilla in the ninth. He struck out two and allowed one hit (a double) in 1.0 inning. He saved his sixth game in six opportunities.
The San Francisco Giants improved their record to seven wins, three losses. Colorado fell to three wins, six losses. The Giants have won four games in arrow. Nice!
The Giants will play tomorrow Friday the 12th @Wrigley Field Chicago, Illinois @11:20 AM (Pacific Time). Matt Cain (0-1, 8.38 ERA) will start for San Francisco and Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 1.35 ERA) will start for Chicago.
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