Another walk-off win for the Giants


By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – It’s becoming contagious!  The second consecutive night the Giants have defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers with a walk-off win.  This time it came in extra innings when Guillermo Quiroz hit a home run for the 10-9 victory.

Pinch-hitter Quiroz had not played since April 24 and never had a walk-off hit in the majors.  In the tenth inning with the game tied 9-9, Guillermo blasted a a solo shot to the left field stands while raising his right fist leaving the batter’s box.

“It felt great,” Quiroz said.  “I hit it pretty good.  He hung a split-finger fastball.  The one before was pretty nasty, it just ran down.  I knew [Brandon] League pretty well.  I kind of knew what pitch he was trying to get me out with.”

The game started off great for San Francisco, they took a 6-1 lead through the fourth due to poor pitching from Matt Magill.  In his second major League start, he lasted only 1 1/3 innings before surrendering six hits, five runs (all earned), four walks and two strikeouts.  In the first frame Magill gave up three runs, and three walks on a 43-pitch start.

The Giants scored two more runs in the second after Matt threw a wild pitch scoring Marco Scutaro.  Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly gave San Francisco a 5-0 lead and ended Magill’s night on the mound.  The lack of defense from Los Angeles put the Giants in a good position but that changed quickly.

“It tells me a lot about my club,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.  “I feel as good as you can feel about a loss.  We’ve got guys banged up, no different than some other teams.  We’re moving toward getting some people back.  While I say that, I still see a club with plenty of weapons.  We’ve still got fire power to score.”

A.J. Ellis homered in the fourth and Matt Kemp started the rally with a 2-run RBI single in the fifth cutting the Giants lead in half.  Two back-to-back singles from Skip Schumaker and Juan Uribe put a halt to Ryan Vogelsong’s night as he fell one shy of qualifying for a win in a game he led by five runs.

“It’s a battle,” Vogelsong said.  “Every pitch is like I’m battling myself.”

“I wanted to keep him in, but I was concerned.  He was hitting his spots, then he lost it,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Dee Gordon’s two-run triple and Nick Punto’s RBI single gave Los Angeles a 8-6 lead.  The Dodgers scored a total of seven runs and Ryan raised his ERA from 6.23 to 7.20.  He tossed 4 2/3 innings allowing nine hits, seven runs, two walks and four strikeouts.

San Francisco battled back as they have done many times this season.  Andres Torres hit a solo shot to center field, he was 0-for-14 until that home run.  A wild pitch from pitcher Javy Guerra allowed the Giants to tie the game at 8-8 in the sixth.  Gordon put Los Angeles back on top in the seventh but Pablo’s sacrifice fly tied the game again at 9-9.

With an opportunity to close out the game, San Francisco almost had a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth.  Closer League loaded the bases with one out as Buster Posey was up to bat.  He was the walk-off hero in last night’s game but, hit into a double play that sent the game into extra innings.  In the tenth, the new hero was Guillermo who hit the game winning home run off his former teammate.

“Was it a split? No.  Was he seeing the split? Yeah,” Brandon said.  “Obviously, I want that pitch back,  But I didn’t make him look too good on the 0-1 split, so of course I tried to throw it again.  I hung one out of 12 that I threw.  He got me.”