Gorkys double gets Giants three run route off Dodgers Dayton in 11th in 4-1 win

May 4, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Gorkys Hernandez, left, hits an RBI double as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal watches during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

by Jessica Kwong

LOS ANGELES – On a very special night Wednesday at Dodger Stadium for all baseball – with a Ring of Honor Ceremony for retired legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully – the San Francisco Giants got away with the win.

The 4-1 victory in 11 innings was San Francisco’s first road series win of the season.

“They kept fighting and they had good energy in the dugout. Everyone was doing something to help out,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We kept searching for the big hit and we finally got it.”

Gorkys Hernandez’s RBI double off Grant Dayton in the top of the eleventh inning allowed a three-run rally for the Giants.

“We have to prepare for any situation, but in that situation (I was) looking for a good pitch, not trying to do too much, trying to put the ball in play and see what happens,” Hernandez said. “It’s pretty exciting when you get to the dugout and everyone is laughing, it’s great.”

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija had his strongest start so far this season, tossing 8 innings and allowing only one run, unearned, on three hits and collecting a season-high 11 strikeouts.

Bochy said he threw “a beauty.”

Samardzija, who’s struggled recently, said he felt good coming out of the bullpen Wednesday night.

“It’s important for the starter to come out the next day, eat up some innings and give those (bullpen) guys a break,” he said.

The game was scoreless through five innings. In the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig reached on a fielding error by second baseman Joe Panik and got to third base. Chris Taylor singled on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence and Puig scored, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

In the eighth inning, Buster Posey grounded out and Pence scored to tie the game at 1-1. Then it was free baseball.

The 1-1 tie continued through the ninth and tenth innings. Giants left-handed pitcher Steven Okert got five outs, two of them on a Corey Seager’s double-play ball. Okert, who got his first career win, said he entered the series “feeling good and feeling ready.”

With their second series victory of the season Wednesday night, the Giants improved to 5-10 on the road.

“Just a good, hard-fought game,” Bochy said. “I think it means a lot for us after the April we had. We’ve taken some body blows.”

The Giants face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 3:40 p.m.





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