By: Joe Lami
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.–A sold out crowd of 41,819 were treated to a rockin’ game on Metallica night at AT&T Park on Friday night, as the Giants and Marlins played the second game of a four-game series. The Marlins tied the weekend series at one with the 7-5 win. In a back and forth game, Miami finally took the stranglehold in the top of the ninth with a two run inning.
Casey McGee earned the game winning hit with one out in the ninth as he slapped a ball through the right side of the infield bringing in Christian Yelich, who earned his fourth run of the evening on the play. “We’re going to have games like this, the game winning hit had eyes,” said Giants Manager, Bruce Bochy, following the loss.
Miami was able to add another one with a groundball base hit from Garrett Jones, as Brandon Crawford was unable to come up with the ball on a sliding ball to his left with two outs.
The Marlins got on the board first, when Yelich earned his first run of the game with a lead-off home run just five pitches in. For Yelich, it was his fifth homer of the season and second of the Marlins road trip. “I lost my command in the first, but after it I settled down,” Giants Starting Pitcher, Yusmeiro Petit commented.
Petit was put in as the spot starter, after projected starter Tim Hudson was unable to make it due to a strained left hip. “I’m going to be ready anytime he (Bochy) needs me,” Petit added.
The Giants were able to answer right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first, when Pablo Sandoval hit in Angel Pagan with a two out double.
Miami would hit their second home run of the game in the top half of the third inning. This time it was off of the bat of Derek Dietrich, who hit it with a runner on in Yelich that reached on an error. Miami would add another in the fourth inning to go up 4-1 when Adeiny Hechavarria hit in Jones on a sacrifice fly.
The Giants would once again answer with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to make it 4-3, with runs coming from Sandoval and Michael Morse.
Miami would add on another run in the fifth, making it three straight innings with a run to go ahead 5-3. Yelich notched his third run of the game on a McGehee single.
The Giants would add runs in the fifth and sixth to eventually tie the game. “We just came up short tonight, after we tied it,” explained Bochy, after the game.
Santiago Casilla gets marked with the loss, dropping his record to 1-1 on the season. Mike Dunn picks up the win for the Marlins, upping his record to 4-3.
With the loss, the Giants remain in first. However, they lose a game on the Colorado Rockies, who defeated San Diego 3-1 on Friday night. San Francisco has a three-game lead on Colorado.
Saturday’s matchup will feature Tom Koehler and Tim Lincecum as the projected starters. Koehler has a 2.57 ERA for a 3-3 record on the year and AT&T Park holds a special place in his heart, as it is where he recorded his first Major League win. Lincecum will be on the bump for San Francisco, as he goes into Saturday with a 4.78 ERA, good enough for a 3-2 record. Lincecum is also coming off of his best outing of the season, as he struck out 11 batters in his win over the Braves on Monday.