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San Francisco Giants End Another Losing Streak in Walk-Off Style

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 18: Eduardo Nunez
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 18: Eduardo Nunez /
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A day after the San Francisco Giants had their 530 game consecutive sell out streak snapped, the team rewarded fans with free, extra inning baseball, sending fans home happy with a 2-1 walk off victory over the AL champion Indians.

Ty Blach has been one of the few bright spots in the starting rotation for the San Francisco Giants in 2017 and continued that trend on Tuesday night by delivering a quality start.

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Blach ran into some trouble in the second inning after giving up hits to Edwin Encarnacion and Giovanny Urshela, putting runners on first and second with only one out, but left the inning unscathed after getting Yan Gomes to ground into a double play.

In the third inning, Blach gave up a lead off single to Bradley Zimmer, who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then, with one out, Brandon Guyer tripled to left field, giving the Indians the lead.

The young lefty could have let the inning get out of hand with Francisco Lindor and Encarnacion due up, but he settled down nicely, getting them to ground out and fly out in that order to end the inning.

The score would remain the same, with neither team establishing much of a rhythm offensively until the sixth inning.

After Denard Span led the inning off with a ground out, Eduardo Nunez reached second on an error by Brandon Guyer, the right fielder. Brandon Belt then proceeded to strikeout.

Needing some two out magic, Buster Posey, one of the few bright spots offensively, delivered with a two out single up the middle. In an odd sequence of events, Nunez completely ignored Phil Nevin waving him in, hesitated and then proceeded to score, making the play much closer than it needed to be.

The Giants squandered an opportunity to walk-off victorious in the ninth. Posey and Belt led the inning off with back-to-back walks and Hunter Pence reached in true Hunter Pence fashion, an odd chopper to shallow third, loading the bases with only one out.

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Needing only a fly ball, Joe Panik struck out swinging and Gorkys Hernandez flied out to right field to end the inning and send the game to extra’s.

Conor Gillaspie, pinch hit extraordinaire, led the 10th off with a double down the right field line and Span moved him over on a beautifully placed bunt single. Span then advanced to second on defensive indifference, giving the Giants two runners in scoring position with no outs and no excuse to not win the ball game.

Nunez took care of that quickly, ending the game with a walk-off single to right field and sending the San Francisco Giants home victorious 2-1.

Takeaways:

Ty Blach was deserving of a win in Tuesday night’s game. He finished with a line of 7IP, 7H, 1BB, 1ER, and 3K.

Bullpen impressive:

Hunter Strickland

came in to relieve Blach and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth. He has been listed in trade rumors with the Rays and if that ends up coming to fruition, the better he pitches, the better prospects the Giants will receive.

Sam Dyson

also pitched well, much like he has since coming to the orange and black, throwing two scoreless innings and earning the victory.

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The San Francisco Giants will conclude the season against the AL champion Indians Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Matt Cain will match up against Carlos Carrasco.

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