September 4, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) watches his home run during the sixth inning at AT&T Park ©Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Belt Ends Drought; San Francisco Giants Lose In Extras


It was a hard fought game. Unfortunately, the Giants came out on the losing end of extra innings tonight.

Brandon Belt did hit his 5th home run (a splash hit, no less) of the season Tuesday night in the 6-8 11-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. This was Belt’s first home run this season off a right-handed pitcher, and his first home run since way back on June 23rd. Belt went 3 for 5 on the night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough tonight.

Ryan Vogelsong went only 3.1 innings, leaving the game with 81 pitches after a 6-2 deficit. The Giants would end up using 11 pitchers on the night, an MLB and franchise record.

Marco Scutaro remained hot, scoring the first run of the game after hitting a triple, allowing Pablo Sandoval to hit him in with a sacrifice fly.

The Giants tied the game in the 7th after Angel Pagan doubled, Scutaro hit a sacrifice fly to move him to 3B, and Sandoval hit him in, earning his 2nd RBI of the night.

Unfortunately, the Giants blew a couple of golden opportunities in the 8th and 11th, allowing runners in scoring position and failing to bring them in.

All is not lost though. The Dodgers lost to the Padres tonight, staying 4.5 games behind the Giants. Tomorrow night, Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Cahill are on the mound in AT&T Park at 7:15pm in the decided of the 3-game series.

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