By Mauricio Flores
Updated: April 20, 2013
Pagan’s Walk-Off Double Leads Giants to the Win!
By Mauricio Flores
What a night! San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner pitched a great game and the Giants walked away with the win!
The Padres started out with an early lead in the first inning. Chris Denorfia led off with a double (5) on a soft line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Everth Cabrera was out on a sacrifice bunt, third baseman Pablo Sandoval to second baseman Marco Scutaro. Denorfia advanced to third. Chase Headley came up to bat and he was out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Angel Pagan. Denorfia scored. Jesus Guzman doubled (2) on a line to left fielder Gregor Blanco. Finally, Bumgarner dominated Yonder Alonso with a call out on strikes.
The Giants tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Angel Pagan led off with a single on a line drive to right fielder Kyle Blanks. On Edison Volquez’s wild pitch while Marco Scutaro was batting, Pagan advanced to second. Scutaro walked. Pablo Sandoval came up to bat and he grounded out to first baseman Yonder Alonso. Pagan advanced to third and Scutaro advanced to second. Then, Buster Posey was out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Chris Denorfia, scoring Pagan. So, the Giants tied the game.
In the bottom of the third, the Giants score one more run and they took the lead, 2-1. With two outs and no one on base, Buster Posey walked. Hunter Pence came up to bat and he doubled (2) on a line drive to left fielder Jesus Guzman, bringing in a run. Posey scored.
Madison Bumgarner threw scoreless San Diego during the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. However, in the sixth the Padres tied the game, 2-2. Chase Headley homered (1) on a line drive to left center field.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Giants lost an excellent opportunity to take the lead. Brandon Belt led off with a single on a fly ball to left fielder Jesus Guzman. Gregor Blanco followed with a single on a ground ball to right fielder Kyle Blanks, Belt advanced to second. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner came up to bat and he grounded into a double play, shortstop Everth Cabrera to second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Brandon Belt was out at third and Blanco out at second. Bumgarner was to first. On Edinson Volquez’s wild pitch while Angel pagan was batting, Bumgarner advanced to second. However, Volquez got out of the jam with an Angel Pagan grounds out, shortstop Evert Cabrera to first baseman Yonder Alonso.
In the top of the ninth, the Padres did not score any run. So, the Giants had a great opportunity to win the game. They did not fail! In the bottom of the ninth, they scored one run. Pitcher Luke Gregerson faced Gregor Blanco to begin the inning. Blanco singled on a fly ball to left fielder Kyle Blanks. Pinch-hitter Andres Torres reached first base on fielder’s choice. Torres stole (1) second while Angel Pagan was batting. Then, it was a good time for the Giants fans like me! Pagan hit a double (2) on a line drive to right fielder Chris Denorfia, scoring Torres. The Padres were done! The Giants won 3-2. What a happy night!
Madison Bumgarner (No Decision, 2.05 ERA) threw six innings on four hits (two doubles, a home run). He also allowed two runs, all earned, struck out ten and he did not walk any.
Santiago Casilla (2-1, 1.93 ERA) won the game. He pitched 1 and 1/3 innings not allowing any runs. He also struck out two.
This series continue tomorrow Saturday the 20th @AT&T Park, San Francisco, California @6:05 PM (Pacific Time). Tim Lincecum (1-0, 5.63 ERA) will start for San Francisco and Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.28 ERA) will start for San Diego. As always, I think the Giants will win this game and the series! WOW!
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