Giants Salvage Series Split in 3-2 Comeback Win

By: Sean Vernon

The Giants gave their mothers something to cheer about with today’s 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins, capped off with a 9th-inning two-run comeback that gave closer Santiago Casilla his fourth win of the season.

Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong found himself in a scary spot in the fourth when Dee Gordon’s seventh double of the season nearly scored Mat Latos. (Gordon’s average now stands at .439, easily the best in the league.) Vogelsong managed to get Prado to fly out to right, stranding the runners, but was unable to escape a similar situation when former Giant Michael Morse went deep with a ground-rule double to right-center that brought in one run. Unfortunately for the Giants, the ball may have stayed in the park had it not been touched by a fan.

The Giants were not able to respond until the sixth, when a Brandon Belt single scored Nori Aoki from third. The Giants again found themselves with a runner on third in the next inning, but Brandon Crawford’s pinch-hit attempt failed to bring home the stranded Gregor Blanco.

Sergio Romo relieved Vogelsong in the eighth, but failed to keep the tie intact. Justin Bour, pinch-hitting for Latos, singled with one out in the inning and made it to third on yet another Dee Gordon double. The Marlins then replaced Bour with pinch-runner Donovan Solano, who made it home on a wild pitch from Romo and gave the Marlins the lead.

Jeremy Affeldt started out the ninth and almost sealed the Giants in their grave. After walking Christian Yelich on a 3-2 count, Affeldt faced Morse. Yelich managed to steal second and Morse again hit a pitch well, this time into right field, which was misfielded by Justin Maxwell. However, Yelich missed home plate and Andrew Susac managed to chase him off the basepath to keep the Giants’ defecit to 1 run.

Cishek came into the ninth inning to attempt a save, but instead was brought down by the rallying Giants. Susac managed a one-out single, followed by Gregor Blanco hitting a deep double to right to give the Giants to runners in scoring position. (Arias replaced Susac on the basepath after the single.) Buster Posey then came in to pinch-hit, and was intentionally walked to load the bases with still only a sole out. Cishek then managed to strike out Angel Pagan, another Giants starter that came in over the course of the game, to bring the game to within one out, and bring Aoki to the plate. Showing incredible discipline, Aoki managed to work a 1-2 count to a game-tying walk met by cheers from the fans still in attendance. Matt Duffy then stepped up to the plate only to hit his first career walk-off and complete the Giants rally.

Up next for the Giants: Chris Heston will face off against the skyrocketing Houston Astros on Tuesday in the first of a two-game interleague series.

Cover Image: (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)