Giants survive Melancon’s meltdown coughs up two runs in ninth; Giants rally for four runs in 10th for 9-5 win

June 8, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence hits an RBI single during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By Jeremy Harness

 Mark Melancon was brought in specifically to address the need for a closer that the Giants can count on to close games, which has been a huge problem for them for years.

 Based on what happened Thursday afternoon, however, that holding a lead in the late innings is not a foregone conclusion, either. Melancon had a two-run lead when he took the ball in the ninth, but the Milwaukee Brewers scored two runs off of him to tie the game, resulting in his second blown save of the year in 12 chances.

 The Giants, however, were able to rebound from this, rallying in the very next inning with an offensive explosion to gut out a 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers inside of Miller Park. The win ensured the Giants of an even split of the four-game series.

 “We’ve had some tough times,” Bochy said. “That can really get a club down. But that shows a lot about the character and how resilient they are, to come back and find a way to win the game, especially on a road trip that hasn’t been great for us.”

 ‘We’ll get this turned around, but we’ve just got to keep plugging.”

 On another positive note, the Giants are actually 6-2 in extra innings this season.

 The Giants also got a glimpse into the future, as outfielder Austin Slater, who as just called up from Triple-A Sacramento a week ago, launched his first major-league home run in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 3-2 lead.

 “He got a good swing off, and he hit it well,” Bochy said. “He’s more of a line drive-type guy, but (when) he gets it in the air, I’ve seen some long ones by him.”

 This one was pretty long, too. In fact, the ball traveled 461 feet, which is the longest home run by a Giants player this season.

 The Giants will now head back to AT&T Park for a five-game homestand that starts Friday night, as the Minnesota Twins pay a visit to the Giants for a three-game series.



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