The San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Angels today in Tempe, AZ with Marco Scutaro in the lineup for the first time this spring. The Giants ended up losing the game in the bottom of the 9th after Jean Machi gave up a walk-off 2 run home run to Kole Calhoun. The final score was Giants 8, Angels 9.
Tim Lincecum was the starting pitcher for the Giants. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits and 5 earned runs. Scutaro was 1 for 2 in his return, scoring the first run of the game.
The Giants took an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning after back-to-back RBI singles from Pablo Sandoval and Mark Minicozzi that scored Scutaro and Buster Posey. However, Lincecum struggled in the 4th inning, allowing 3 runs and a hit-by-pitch to David Freese. The Giants tied it in the top of the 5th after a sacrifice fly from Joaquin Arias scored Tyler Graham.
Unfortunately for the Giants, they were done scoring for a while, but the Angels weren’t. The Angels added on 3 more runs in the 6th and 7th inning before Yusmeiro Petit pitched a perfect 8th inning.
But the 9th inning was what baseball is all about. The Giants, down to their last out, staged a comeback with their minor leaguers. A Brandon Hicks double, Tyler Graham single, and a Ryan Lollis triple gave the Giants a one run leading heading into the bottom of the 9th.
Enter Jean Machi.
Machi recorded one quick out before giving up a single to Shawn O’Malley.
Enter Kole Calhoun.
Calhoun worked a 3-0 count. Instead of sitting back and waiting on ball 4, Calhoun launched a ball over the right field wall while Lollis just looked up and watched.
The Giants are now 11-8 in Spring Training.