After a stinger of a loss last night, the San Francisco Giants won a high-stress game against the pesky Reds.
With great start from Cueto and a few timely hits, the San Francisco Giants just barely squeaked out a win in the longest game the Giants have played since 2001. Yesterday’s loss had a few silver linings to it. The offense looked like it had some life to it, but ultimately continued to struggle. Tonight was pretty much the same thing, but with a little, tiny extra twist to it.
Cueto, who pitched a good game, got worked hard through eight innings. Reds made some noise in the first, but did not score. After a lead off homer from Denard Span in the bottom of the first, Cueto ran into trouble in the top of the second. The Reds would score two and take the lead, as once again an early Giants lead is lost.
In the bottom of the fifth, Giants worked the ground attack. A leadoff bunt for a hit by Eduardo Nunez would be followed up by another bunt for a hit from Ruggiano. After a sac-bunt from Cueto, Span would single to right tying the game up at two.
Cueto would continue to work throwing 119 pitches through eight solid innings of work. The offense couldnt squeak out one more before extra innings, as Cueto handed the ball to Derek Law, Steven Okert and Hunter Strickland.
Josh Osich would start the eleventh inning, followed by Kontos who would finish it off. Giants offense would go down quietly in the bottom half, as Kontos would take on the twelfth inning. Another solid inning for Kontos would bring Posey, Crawford and Panik to the plate in the bottom of the inning. A Joe Panik double made it interesting, but Eduardo Nunez cannot come through in the clutch, as we move to the thirteenth.
With bullpen arms quickly depleting, Bochy would send out Bryan Morris for the thirteenth. Other than allowing a walk, Morris had a nice clean inning. Giants offense did their thing once again and went down 1-2-3, as we continue on and on and on into the night.
In the fourteenth inning, Morris gives up back to back singles, followed by a sac bunt moving the runners to second and third with one out. Ground ball to Crawford nabs the runner going home, and then Morris follows that with a pick off of the runner on second. Morris miraculously gets out of a rough inning. Nothing to see in the bottom of the inning, Giants move on to the 15th.
Bryan Morris allowed a single in the top of the fifteenth, but the Reds strand him, as Morris completes his third solid inning of relief. Yea no offense happened again, so lets keep moving to the sixteenth.
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Corey Gearrin got the sixteenth inning, and made it very, very interesting. After allowing a couple hits and a hit batter, the Reds had bases loaded with two outs. But somehow, some way Gearrin gets out of it. Ruggiano launched one to deep center that somehow stayed in the park. Gorkys struck out and Span singled, but Belt fails to keep the line moving as they headed to the seventeenth inning.
Gearrin allowed a couple runners and yet the Giants somehow got out of it. In the bottom of the seventeenth, expectations are low, morale is low, and the batting averages are dropping fast.
BUSTER POSEY LAUNCHES A WALK OFF BOMB IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTEENTH AND THIS GAME IS FINALLY OVER
Theres a game in like twelve hours. Watch it, dont watch it, or maybe just sleep in.