San Francisco Giants Win After Errant Throw Sparks Rally
The San Francisco Giants were trailing and Madison Bumgarner did not have his sharpest outing, but he kept the team in the game and an errant throw from Giancarlo Stanton sparked a rally in Tuesday’s 6-4 come from behind victory over the Marlins.
Madison Bumgarner picked up his third win of the season after throwing six innings, but it did not come easy for the San Francisco Giants ace.
The middle of the order for the Marlins gave Bumgarner trouble from the very beginning of the contest. In the first inning, Christian Yellich knocked in Stanton on a double after he and Marcell Ozuna reached on back-to-back singles. Bumgarner would limit the damage there, stranding Yellich and Ozuna at second and third.
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Denard Span put the Giants on the board in the third inning, hitting a two run home run off of Dan Straily that barely escaped the grasp of a leaping Stanton. It would be the second time Span has taken Straily deep this season, this time to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.
That lead would not last long though, as Stanton crushed a two run home run of his own, his 44th of the season, to put the Marlins back on top 3-2. What is even more impressive is that Stanton has homered in six straight games, 11 of his last 12, and 23 of his last 35. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports had some pretty solid advice on how to deal with Stantons power.
I am kidding of course, I believe what Stanton is doing is remarkable and one of the best streaks in baseball history. Okay, back to the game now.
Bumgarner fell victim to the long ball yet again in the fourth inning. This time a solo shot off the bat of AJ Ellis to increase the Marlins lead to 4-2.
The Giants continued to battle and were able to get a run back in the fifth inning on a RBI single by none other than Bumgarner himself.
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Tides began to turn in favor of the Giants in the 7th inning with Straily out of the contest and Junichi Tazawa replacing him. Kelby Tomlinson led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Career minor leaguer Carlos Moncrief then came in to pinch hit for Bumgarner and delivered by knocking in Tomlinson on a RBI single to right field. Span followed with another single to right field to give the Giants the lead, scoring Moncrief in the process.
Luck was on the Giants side there, as Moncrief probably should not have tried advancing to third to begin with. A good throw from Stanton probably would have nailed him at third, but nevertheless he completely air mailed the third baseman, throwing the ball into the stands, allowing Moncrief to advance an additional base.
Hunter Pence plated Span on a RBI double to increase the lead to 6-4. The damage would not stop there, as the Giants added insurance runs in the following innings.
Ryder Jones hit the second home run of his career in the 8th inning, a solo shot down the right field line. Then, in the 9th inning, Pence knocked in a run on a RBI ground out, and Span scored later in the inning on an errant throw by Tomas Telis, after stealing third to make the score 9-4.
Mark Melancon, Hunter Strickland and Cory Gearrin each threw a scoreless inning of relief, while Bumgarner picked up his third win of the season.
Madison Bumgarner did not have his best stuff early in this outing by any means after giving up 9 hits, and 2 home runs in 6 IP, but he buckled down after the fourth inning and kept the team in the game, which is all you can ask out of an ace pitcher.
Ryder Jones has been much better since coming back from the DL. He struggled immensely to begin his major league career, starting out 1-21, but is 10-37 in his return.
The offense was incredible: The offense pounded out nine runs on14 hits, with Span,
, Tomlinson, and Jones all having multiple hits.
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The Giants will be back in action against the Marlins tomorrow at 10:10 AM. Matt Cain will match up against Jose Urena.