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Giants Win Thanks To D’Backs Error’d Ways

By Bryan Rose

Edwin Jackson tossed a dandy of a game, in my humble but totally amazing opinion. Thankfully for the Giants, the Diamondbacks are in last place for a reason – and they showed it.

The D’backs continually shot themselves in the foot all night, missing out with runners in scoring position (of course, unless their name was Kelly Johnson who had a wonderful night with the stick hitting for the cycle). The Giants walked eight men but escaped danger all but for one time when Kelly Johnson clubbed a two-run triple in the bottom of the 6th, staking the D’backs to their first lead of the game. They wouldn’t hold it for more than 10 minutes.

Leading off the next half inning, Nate Schierholtz hit an absolute rocket to second baseman Kelly Johnson (who should have snagged it) but it was understandable why he didn’t. It was a straight laser. Eli Whiteside attempted to bunt over Nasty Nate, but Johnson ended up being late to first base and Whiteside was called safe on what appeared to be a tie. The next batter, pinch hitter Eugenio Velez came up to sacrifice both runners and dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line. The bunt sent Velez down to his knees, so, he didn’t get out of the box well….yet his speed still put enough pressure on pitcher Edwin Jackson to make an errant throw that overshot Kelly Johnson who was again covering first. Schierholtz was able to score on the error and it also allowed Whiteside and Velez to move into scoring position for Andres Torres who belted a moonshot into deep center field, resulting in a bases clearing triple. The Giants added one more in the top of the 9th off of a single from Optmus Prime Aubrey Huff who had a monster three hit, three RBI, two homerun night.

The Giants have taken the first two of the Diamondback series, 4 of their first 5 games on this seven game road trip, and are now a season high 11 games over .500. They sit three games behind the first place Padres, two and a half ahead of the third place Rockies and three ahead of the fourth place Dodgers. They lead the Wild Card standings over the Cincinnati Reds by a half game.

Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum will round out the final two in Zona before the black and orange head back north for a fish fry with the Florida Marlins.