San Francisco Giants Epic Comeback Punctuated By Walk-off Win
The San Francisco Giants needed some magic to get back on track, and boy did they get it.
After the pitching and defense had been finally coming around in their last few games, the San Francisco Giants were waiting on the bats. Things didn’t look good at all when Corey Seager hit an absolute bomb off of Johnny Cueto. And it looked even worse when the Dodgers eeked the scoreline up to 3-0.
Then, in stepped Christian Arroyo. After a Buster Posey base-hit, the rook stepped up to the plate.
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While everything was nice and somewhat feel good, the Giants had only scored more than two runs once since their game on Easter, and they needed to score three. Well, up stepped Michael Morse.
Morse had talked about how he wanted to make an impact in the morale. No better way than to hit a HR on a 1-2 count to tie the game.
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The game went into extras and for some ridiculously inexplicable reason, Dave Roberts didn’t go to Kenley Jansen when they were in trouble in the tenth. Ross Stripling and Hunter Pence had an epic at-bat with the bases loaded and no outs. On the tenth pitch of the AB, Pence skied one to left, scoring Gorkys Hernandez on the sacrifice fly as the Giants walked off with a 4-3 victory.
This four game series with the Dodgers will now at least end in a split. The Giants can get a series win tomorrow with Matt Moore on the hill.
Here are a few take-aways from tonight’s game.
- Michael Morse was/is the spark the Giants needed. He had talked about the Giants “not having fun” in an interview with the Sacramento Bee, and he was exactly right. It was one of our biggest complaints about the Giants so far. There was no emotion, guys weren’t having fun. Then Morse came back up. The turkey taps, the crazy guy bouncing all over the place in the dugout was missing. His bat will likely continue to be a pinch-hit type bat, and that’s fine. He also won’t hit a home-run every time he comes to the plate (though we wish he could). But that word, “fun.” That’s what they needed. Stop getting into the grind and just have fun playing ball. The hits and all of that will come because they are a good team.
- Christian Arroyo is awesome. There was a chance early in this game that Arroyo could’ve had some defensive issues. In the fourth inning, the Dodgers hitters sent the ball right at him, three times in a row. He did a good job on all of them. Then, at the plate, he came up clutch. He went deep off of a Romo slider. While that’s been more common in the last couple seasons, it’s still pretty impressive. He should be here to stay, and just might be for quite some time.
- The bullpen, again, was nails. Yes, Derek Law struggled a bit. But that seventh inning from Okert was lights out. The Giants’ pen gave up 2 hits, no runs, no walks, on 53 pitches through four innings. Are we still worried? Because we shouldn’t be, at least about the bullpen.
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The San Francisco Giants take on the Dodgers tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is 12:40. You can watch on NBCSBA or listen in on KNBR 680