Panik wins it in extras; 11th inning RBI gets Giants one run win 2-1

April 18, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik watches his single that drove in the go-ahead run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By Jeremy Kahn

In their first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since winning Game Seven of the 2014 World Series, the San Francisco Giants gave their fans something to be happy about.

Joe Panik hit a RBI single with two outs in the top of the 11th inning, as the Giants came back to defeat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium.

Just prior to Panik’s big hit, Nick Hundley hit a double off of Royals reliever Nick Alexander, who was the fifth Royals reliever of the evening. Panik then dropped a single just in front of Lorenzo Cain.

Derek Law pitched two scoreless innings to pick-up his first win of the season, as the Giants got their five-game road trip off to a great start.

Mark Melancon notched his third save of the season, as he escaped a first and second situation to strikeout Raul Mondesi to end the game.

Bench coach Ron Wotus will be managing the Giants while the team is in Kansas City, as Manager Bruce Bochy is recovering in San Diego from a minor procedure to correct his heart rhythm.

Bochy will join the team when they head to Coors Field, as they open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

The Royals were unable to win the game on numerous chances, as they left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, left two on in the bottom of the ninth and then Eric Hosmer grounded into a double play in the bottom of the 10th.

Despite not having on Bochy on the bench to lead the team, the Giants activated Buster Posey prior to the game from the seven-day disabled list with concussion like symptoms.

Posey picked up three hits in his first game back, but struck out in the top of the 10th inning with two runners on base.

Both starters pitched great games, but were not involved in the decision in the end of the game, as the Giants took Game One.

Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run, while scattering four hits, walking two and striking out three.

Cain’s opponent, Jason Hammel was just as solid, as he did not allow a baserunner until Posey singled to lead off the top of the fifth inning.

In the end of it all, Hammel went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking just one and striking out three.

Hunter Pence tied up the game in the top of the sixth inning, as he singled in Panik for the Giants first run of the evening.

Whit Merrifield drove in the Royals only run of the evening, as he hit an opposite field home run off of Cain in the bottom of the fifth inning.

NOTES: To make room for Posey, the Giants designated backup catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment just after batting practice.

Madison Bumgarner takes the ball for the Giants on Wednesday night, as he will make his first appearance in Kansas City since pitching five scoreless relief innings in Game Seven of the 2014 World Series.

Jason Vargas will be on the mound for the Royals, as they look to split the series. Vargas is 2-0 with a 0.66 earned run average.

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