August 15, 2013. Depressing times for Giants fans everywhere. There were no playoff hopes at the time, we went from 1st to worst in the NL West and about to be swept by the Washington Nationals in Washington. Our last hope was from Hector Sanchez who just came up from Fresno after rehabilitating his shoulder for the greater part of the season. Down by 2 with runners on 1st and 2nd base, Hector Sanchez worked a 3-2 count on Rafael Soriano who converted 43 out of 46 saves in 2013. But one of those three blown saves happened on August 15, 2013, against the Giants and against Hector Sanchez.
Sitting on a 3-2 count, Soriano delivered an inside fastball, for which Hector Sanchez hit high and deep to right field that just stayed fair. The Giants would take a 4-3 lead and get out of Washington with a win and avoid the sweep. Did I mention this was a pinch hit situation to top it off. What a great piece of batting by the backup catcher.
How did the inning get setup for Sanchez. Posey led off the inning with a single. This followed by Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval striking out and flying out. Then, Roger Kieschnick walked to bring up Hector Sanchez.
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