With a classic pitcher’s duel scheduled for tomorrow, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers decided to have a dress rehearsal tonight at AT&T Park. And then Rookie catcher Trevor Brown hit a soaring two run shot to tie it in the eighth, and Brandon Crawford hit a walk off in the tenth.
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Rookie right-hander Ross Stripling, pitching in his first Major League game, kept the Giants off-balance all night. Taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, manager Dave Roberts pulled him on his hundredth pitch after a one-out walk with a 2-0 lead. Chris Hatcher came on to relieve and that’s when rookie catcher Trevor Brown hit his first major league home run to tie the game and give Stripling a workout instead of a win.
As shock fell over both the crowd and both teams, Hatcher started jawing at home plate umpire, Jeff Kellogg, over the strike zone. Dave Roberts came out to take over and got tossed.
Matt Cain pitched a good game tonight, scattering six hits over six innings while giving up a pair of runs. He had good control, walking only one and striking out three.
Up came Crawford facing Joe Blanton. And on a 1-0 pitch, he went the other way, over the left field wall to send the home crowd happy for the second day in a row. An instant classic between the two teams.