Jul 4, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) forces out San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) and throws to first to complete a double play during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Complete Sweep of Giants with Walkoff Win

The Giants got 15 hits! Rejoice! Oh wait… They stranded 11 runners on? Dang.

The Giants seemed to muster plenty on base runners against Nationals pitchers, the problem was having those runners touch home plate. One of the more frustrating missed opportunities with when Pagan was stranded on third after hitting an RBI triple with nobody out in the seventh inning. They did score five runs in 7 innings though.

Bochy replaced Gregor Blanco with Justin Christian in the lead off spot which paid off as Christian went 3 for 5 with three runs scored.

On the mound was Matt Cain, who seemed to be in cruise control holding the Nationals offense to one run over six innings. However, in the sixth inning Bryce Harper had a 10 pitch at bat that seemed to tax Cain. When he came out in the seventh, he gave up back-to-back home runs to Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa and then a long fly ball to Jesus Flores for the second out of the inning. After six and two-thirds innings, Cain’s night was over and Bochy called on Jeremy Affeldt to preserve Cain’s win which would have been his tenth win of the season. However, Affeldt gave up three straight hits, and the Nationals made it a one run ballgame, now 5-4. Bochy pulled Affeldt out and replaced him with Sergio Romo who got the final out of the inning and pitched a clean eighth inning as well.

Hanging onto the one run lead, the Giants handed the ball over to their closer; Santiago Casilla. Immediately, pinch hitter Tyler Moore hit a lead off double to start the inning for the Nationals. Giants fan were on the edge of their seats.  Lombardozzi’s sacrifice bunt was fumbled by Casilla and the Nationals now had first and third, no outs with rookie Bryce Harper at the plate. Harper’s single to right field scored Moore, tying the ball game. Casilla then intentionally walked Ryan Zimmerman to load the bases and got a force out at home. Adam LaRoche hit a possible double play ball, but Crawford threw a short hop to Belt, who couldn’t field it cleanly. The Giants were swept by the Nationals and begin their   0-3 as they now head to PNC Park to face the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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