Giants series recap: San Francisco splits series with Braves after Sunday’s ninth-inning stunner
May 31, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) celebrates with third base coach Roberto Kelly (39) after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
On Sunday, Madison Bumgarner led the Giants out onto the field for the final game in the series. Bruce Bochy—after making a few adjustments to his usual lineup for Saturday’s game—switched back to the order that has been working so well lately.
Brandon Belt hit a solo homer in the 2nd—his seventh of the year—and Brandon Crawford followed with his own solo shot—his seventh of the year as well. The Brandons are now tied for second in the Giants team home run competition. Nothing like back-to-back jacks from the Brandons to put the Giants on the board.
Atlanta scored a run in the fifth, and in the seventh, with a runner on board, Uribe struck again. Somebody want to let him know he’s not a Giant anymore? Just like that, Atlanta was in the lead, 3-2.
The Giants weren’t done, though—not even close. Duffy opened the bottom of the seventh with a double—I actually thought it was going to go—and Blanco brought him home with an RBI single to even the score. Panik sent the first pitch he saw over the right-center field wall for a two-run homer, giving the Giants the lead once more at 5-3.
It was looking like business as usual…up until the ninth. Santiago Casilla gave up a solo shot, Crawford made a rare error—on a ground ball that could have been a double play to end the game—and Atlanta had a bases-clearing triple to pull ahead.
Panik hit a two-out double to keep things going in the bottom half of the ninth, but San Francisco couldn’t close the deal.
Final score: Giants 7, Braves 5
So we split the series, but we learned three important things: we learned about the neighborhood play, we learned that Uribe may be 36, but he’s not done with baseball—not by a long shot. And we learned that Brandon Crawford is human. I can live with the first two, but Crawford a mere mortal? Nah, I’m not buying it.