Well that sucked.
Manager Bruce Bochy summoned Santiago Casilla in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday, to close out a 5-3 lead. The Marlins had a different idea however, as Casilla faced three batters, giving up two singles and a three-run, walk-off homerun to Marlins’ first baseman Justin Bour. It was Casilla’s fourth blown save in 24 chances this season, as the G-men men lost their their second consecutive game in Miami.
This was a particularly tough loss for several reasons:
- The Giants came back in this one from a 3-1 deficit
- Chris Heston (8-5, 3.78) pitched his heart out without his best stuff, giving the G-men a quality start, allowing three runs over six innings. He was on record to get his ninth win of the year if Casilla had been able to succeed
- The Giants’ defense turned FIVE double plays, one short of a franchise record
- The Giants’ offense rapped out 14 hits, including four extra base hits, scoring five runs
- The Marlins committed a season-high three errors
Going forward, Manager Bruce Bochy may be looking at other options in save situations, as Casilla’s 83% success rate isn’t quite up to snuff.
And in the infamous words of Forrest Gump, “…that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”
Thursday afternoon the G-men welcome back Matt Cain who will make his first start of the season, and first appearance since July 9th, 2014. Cain has been recovering all year from a flexor tendon strain that followed surgery last summer to remove spurs and bone chips from his right elbow. “It’s been a long road, but it’s going to be worth it,” Cain said.
Ironically, the Marlins’ starter, Jose Fernandez, will also make his 2015 debut after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
- Buster Posey left the game in the fifth inning after taking a foul tip off of his mask the inning prior. No word yet if he suffered an injury or it was just precautionary. Posey is hitting .304 and leading the team in homeruns (12) and RBIs (54)
- Matt Cain is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA at Marlins Park