By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – Two years ago Giants baseball was considered “torture” before they won the World Series in 2010. This season the team has mastered a different scheme in their comeback wins. The 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres was another game one of those games.
Heading into the ninth frame tied at 2-2, Gregor Blanco leadoff the inning with a unexpected bloop single when the ball fell between shortstop Everth Cabrera and left fielder Kyle Blanks. Andres Torres pinched hitting for Santiago Casilla, bunted into a force out at second.
“You want to try to get your job done,” Torres said. “But I forgot about that. [Roberto] Kelly (first-base coach) told me to get a good jump and go.”
He did just that and stole second base to set up the game winning play. Angel Pagan lined a double to right field for the walk-off win. Andres scored easily, giving Pagan his sixth go-ahead RBI of the season. No better way than to start off the series after coming off a tough road trip.
“No excuses given but that was a tough road trip,” said Angel. “The weather was bad and we’re just glad to be back home. [On the winning play], I wasn’t going to swing but I could see him (Torres) in the corner of my right eye. He got an incredible jump. In those type of situations, you want to be that guy.”
No doubt, Pagan was the hero of the night. However, Madison Bumgarner was on fire as well. He won his fourth consecutive victory striking out 10 batters in six innings, the ninth double-figure strikeout game of his career. Bumgarner left the game shortly after Chase Headley tied it with a solo home run in the sixth. An impressive no-decision to say the least.
“Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best pitch to throw to him, and I shook to it, too,” said Madison. “Buster Posey didn’t want to call it, so that’s on me there.”
“We had some good swings early but in the middle part of the game, he locked in,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He got it together. We couldn’t get anything going. It was good to get on the board early against him.”
With a stellar bullpen to back him, Bumgarner felt no disappoint with the outcome. Jose Mijares ,George Kontos and Santiago Casilla all combined to give up just one hit over three innings.
“We had a rough road trip so it was nice to come home and battle and get a win,” said Bumgarner.
Notes – The long lines outside the ballpark were due to heightened security measures after the Boston marathon bombing. The Giants held a moment of silence for the victims and families who lives were affected by such the tragedy before the game. And instead of the playing the annual Journey “When the lights go down in the city” song. San Francisco replaced it with the Boston Red Sox anthem, Neil Diamonds “Sweet Caroline.”
“That was touching,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was nice to honor Boston.”