Giants beat Padres 3-2 in 11 innings

Posted: 15/08/2010 in MLB

Giants end Padres’ win streak, creep closer in NL West

 

Buster Posey hit a leadoff double in the 11th  inning  and came  around to  score the game-winning  run on Juan Uribe’s single  to  right, as the  San Francisco Giants  inched closer to the National League West-leading San Diego Padres behind a 3-2 decision at AT&T Park.

Pablo  Sandoval homered in the victory, which was credited to Santiago Casilla (4-2) for stranding runners on the corners in the top of the 11th.

The  win was San Francisco’s fourth in six games and moved the Giants within 2 1/2 games of the division lead.

Chase  Headley and  Adrian Gonzalez each had two hits and recorded run-scoring doubles  for the Padres, who had won five straight, including a 3-2 win in the opener of this critical three-game set.

Both  teams had  trouble coming  through  in scoring  opportunities, with  the Padres  going  2-for-18 with runners in  scoring position and the Giants being held without a hit in eight chances until the final frame.

In  the 11th, Posey greeted Tim Stauffer (3-2) with a two-bagger, and Sandoval was given a free pass before Uribe put a first-pitch offering into right field to drive in the winning tally.

The  late-inning drama overshadowed stellar starts from two young pitchers, as 21-year-old  Madison  Bumgarner yielded two  runs on  eight hits and two walks over  seven innings for San Francisco, while Mat Latos, 22, gave up one run on five hits while striking out nine in six-plus innings, setting a Padres record with his 11th consecutive start of allowing two runs or fewer.

Headley’s  two-out double  in the first inning brought home Jerry Hairston Jr. to give the visitors an early lead.

The  Padres  stranded the  bases full that  frame, but got  another run in the fifth via consecutive doubles by Miguel Tejada and Gonzalez.

After  surviving  doubles by Mike Fontenot  and Andres Torres in the first and third  inning, respectively,  Latos  got out  of  a second-and-third,  one-out situation in the fifth by fanning Torres and getting Fontenot to pop out.

Sandoval’s  leadoff homer  in the  seventh  ended Latos’  outing, and  Ernesto Frieri and Joe Thatcher combined to get out of the inning holding a 2-1 edge.

San  Diego loaded the bases with one out in the eighth and again failed to get a run across, proving costly in the bottom of the frame.

With  Luke  Gregerson on the hill,  Fontenot singled, moved to third on Aubrey Huff’s  double and scored the tying run on a Pat Burrell groundout. Huff moved to  third on the  play, but was stranded there when Posey bounced out to short
and Uribe flied out.

The  Padres stranded a  runner in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings.  In the latter,  they had runners on the corners and one out and came away empty-handed when Headley struck out and Tony Gwynn Jr. lined to center.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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