Sep 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcherBrian Wilson
throws to first base for the out against the San Francisco Giants in the tenth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Wilson was Thursday’s winning pitcher. Only odd thing is that it wasn’t for San Francisco. Weezy, in all his bearded glory, donned Dodger blue to face his former team for the very first time and Giants Twitter nation didn’t enjoy it in the slightest:
Fact is, he got the job done in his appearance during a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning, ensuing awkwardness for Giants fans with each new batter. None more tough to watch than his symbolic matchup where he was throwing to a batting Buster Posey, rather than his catcher’s mitt. Wilson outed Marco Scutaro for out number one. He walked Brandon Belt, where I thought familiar Wilson torture would set in, but finished the inning, getting a Posey lineout and Hunter Pence groundout.
Adrian Gonzalez would end the game, leaving the Giants heads hanging, when he smashed a single up the middle, right past newly re-instated from the DL, Jeremy Affeldt, scoring Carl Crawford who singled to begin the inning. Nick Punto sac-bunted Crawford over into scoring position. The single was shallow enough for center fielder to get to it quickly, made a valiant throw, but the speed of Crawford scored himself easily.
Pence started off the first run of the evening, top 2nd, with a solo homer to right field. His 21st touch-em-all of the season. The Dodgers wouldn’t take long to answer back with a run, when they scored in their home half of the 2nd. Andre Either singled, another former Giant Juan Uribe reaches on a force out, and A.J. Ellis reaches on a throwing error by Matt Cain which has everyone safe. Mark Ellis gets the RBI when Uribe scores from third on a ground ball force out at second.
The Giants would rally late, when behind 2-1 when Pablo Sandoval hit a leadoff single, subsequently got a pinch runner in Juan Perez, who stole second base and reached third on a passed ball. Perez would score on a single by Gregor Blanco to tie the score 2-2.
Matt Cain pitched 7 great innings, giving up 1 run and logged 5 strikouts, but defensive miscues would prove costly for him.
The Giants put themselves in a position to win, when they got the game to extra innings, but it wasn’t to be. They lose 3-2. What’s worse is that Brian Wilson shows up as the winning pitcher against the Giants, in a Dodgers uniform, and that doesn’t feel very good.