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San Francisco Giants Take Rubber Match Against San Diego Padres, 7-5

By Amanda Gill

Tim Lincecum looked dominant for two innings and the replacement Giants scored a run in the first, which looked like the only run they could score. After the second inning, things fell apart for Lincecum, who gave up five runs(four earned) in six innings. Side note, I was at the game and both sides were not in love with the umpires strike zone.

Things started to go downhill after Lincecum walked the leadoff batter Evereth Cabrera who then proceeded to steal second and third. Chase Healey hit yet another homerun and San Francisco made quite a few base running miscues which ensured that they would not score.

Heading into the eighth inning, the score was 5-2 and some San Francisco Giants fans were starting to leave Petco Park. I managed to convince my father that we should stay for the whole game. I felt a comeback. Belt’s RBI single, he looked pretty good at the plate during the game, and Crawford’s sacrifice fly brought the game to within one in the eighth.

Leading 5-4, Padres’ closer Huston Street came in to close San Diego’s final home game of the 2012 season. Blanco attempted to slap the ball, but Street threw him out with ease. Xavier Nady came off the bench to pinch hit and promptly tied the game up with a homerun to center field. In yesterday’s game, Maybin robbed Nady of a homerun, but this time Nady got it out of his reach. The score was now tied and the Giants’ fans that were left started to make some noise. This included me. Francisco Peguero reached on a base hit to shortstop and and Hunter Pence flashed his power with a homerun to center field, he hit one yesterday as well. The Giants now led 7-5, and Sergio Romo was coming in to close.

Things got a little tense for Giants fans as with one on and two outs, pinch hitter Carlos Quentin stepped up to the plate. Sergio Romo promptly struck him out swinging, leaving Giants fans happy.

That was Huston Street’s first blown save as a Padre.