Tonight was not a night to remember for many, except San Francisco Giants backup backstop Guillermo Quiroz.
As the Giants’ final position player available, Quiroz, essentially a career minor leaguer, stepped to the plate in the bottom half of the tenth and yanked an 0-2 Brandon League pitch into the left field bleachers – the shot screaming as if it came off a golf tee.
It was only the third career Major League homer for Quiroz.
As for the actual game that lead up to the walk-off heroics, it was a wild one.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Matt Magill made his second career Major League start and it was one he’d like to forget. After a 43 pitch first inning, where Magill gave up three runs, he allowed two more before being removed after just recording four outs in the game. The Dodgers’ bullpen didn’t fair much better as they too were pounced on by the Giants offense all game as the orange and black jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
It didn’t last long.
After scoring one in the fourth, the Dodgers put together a SEVEN run inning against Ryan Vogelsong who after cruising for the early part, ran into an unmovable wall.
The two squads continued to alternate runs after that, the Giants seemingly countering every punch the Dodgers dished out before a bases loaded, one out situation with last night’s walk-off hero Buster Posey, presented itself in the bottom of the ninth. Only needing a fly ball, Posey hit a sharp ground ball to second, resulting in a double play, ending the inning but the Giants refused to die. Another solid inning from Santiago Casilla gave the Giants one more opportunity to walk it off and walk it off they did, the Quiroz bomb giving the Giants their second consecutive walk-off homerun in as many days.
San Francisco will go for the sweep tomorrow evening in-front of a national audience on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball at 5PM.