This was an especially tough loss to stomach. The surging Giants’ offense provided multiple leads last night, including 6-0, 7-5, and 8-7 as they pounded 14 hits, including four home runs. However, Giants’ pitching was not up to the task, as the Braves beat the G-men in the 12th inning on a walk-off two run homer at Turner Field.
The Giants tied a season high with four home runs (matched by the Braves), two by Brandon Crawford, giving him a team leading 18 on the season. Brandon Belt (13th) and Buster Posey (16th) also homered, in this 9-8 loss.
Starter Matt Cain (2-2, 4.91) pitched well through five innings, shutting out the Braves, coasting with a 6-0 lead. Then the sixth inning happened. Cain was unable to retire the first four batters in the inning, allowing a three-run homer to Jace Peterson. Before reliable reliever George Kontos could end the inning, four runs would be charged to Cain, and the Braves were back in the game.
Hunter Strickland would allow a leadoff home run in the seventh to close the gap to 6-5, before the Giants would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth, to pad their lead to 7-5. With closer Santiago Casilla on the mound with two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the ninth, it appeared that the Giants were headed for their 16th win in their last 21 games. However, Casilla gave up a base hit to Chris Johnson and then a two-run, game-tying homer to veteran A.J. Pierzynski and just like that, this one was headed for extra innings.
In the 12th inning, the G-men once again took the lead, scratching out a run on a Buster Posey single, going ahead 8-7. And once again the bullpen failed in the bottom of the inning, as Jace Peterson led off by reaching first on a throwing error by Crawford and Adonis Garcia followed with the walk-off two-run homer off of Ryan Vogelsong, the eighth Giants’ pitcher of the game.
“A lot of good things happened,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “Unfortunately, you’d like to think you’re going to hold a six run lead and we couldn’t do it.”
Tonight, the Giants resume the series as Jake Peavy (2-4, 4.12) opposes Shelby Miller (5-8, 2.44). Miller will look to end a 13 consecutive game winless streak while Peavy hopes to continue his mastery over the Braves at Turner Field where they’re batting just .178 against him over his career.
- The Dodgers moved three games ahead of the Giants for first place in the NL West, in winning their fourth straight
- Joe Panik was placed on the 15 day disabled list Monday, due to inflammation in his lower back. Panik is hitting .309 on the season and the Giants wi’ll need him healthy for the stretch run
- The Giants called up Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento to fill the roster spot. Tomlinson was batting .321 between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He singled in his first major league at bat as a pinch hitter in the 12th inning and scored the go ahead run when Buster singled. Expect veteran Ehire Adrianza to get most of the starts at second base
- Angel Pagan sat out the game with right knee soreness and Boch admitted that Pagan needs to shut it down for a few days to hopefully “freshen up”