Span wins it in the 14th scores Hernandez in walk off single 4-3; Giants win three straight go for sweep today

June 28, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span swings for the game winning single off Colorado Rockies’ Chad Qualls in the 14th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO- Denard Span ended the second longest game of the season for the San Francisco Giants with one swing of the bat.

Span lashed a single into right field that scored Gorkys Hernandez from second base, as the Giants came back to defeat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 before a crowd of 41,331, the 526th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Cory Gearrin pitched the final three innings to even his record at 2-2 on the season, and had a chance to win the game himself; however, he struck out just prior to the Span single.

The Giants was lights out, as they pitched the last eight innings after replacing Matt Cain in the top of the seventh.

The sextet of Steven Okert, George Kontos, Mark Melancon, Josh Osich, Sam Dyson and Gearrin went eight innings, did not allow a run, scattered four hits, walked four and struck out eight.

Hernandez doubled to lead-off the bottom of the 14th inning against Chad Qualls, who was the seventh pitcher of the night for the Rockies.

Cain was looking good, as he entered the sixth inning; however, after a Charlie Blackmon groundout, Cain gave up a single to Raimel Tapia, who promptly stole second with Nolan Arenado at the plate, which looked, especially when Cain walked Arenado intentionally.

Despite the no-decision, Cain looked good, as he went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.

Unfortunately, on the first pitch to Reynolds after the intentional walk, Reynolds slammed the offering and put it into the left field seats for his 19th home run of the season.

Jeff Hoffman also did not fare in the decision, as he went six and two-third innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out six.

The Giants took an 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, as Gorkys Hernandez singled off of Hoffman, then Cain hit a perfect sacrifice bunt and then Denard Span continued his hot hitting, as he singled for the first of his two hits on the night.

Mark Reynolds crushed a Cain offering and put it into the left field sets for his 19th home run of the season.

After Reynolds hit his three-run home run, the Giants clawed their way back into the game, as Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to score Buster Posey from third base. Posey walked with one out.

With a chance to tie the game or possibly take the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Austin Slater hit a pinch-hit single with one out, after Span flew out for the second out of the inning, Joe Panik; however, the inning and the threat ended when Hunter Pence flew out to end the inning.

The Giants tied up the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Kelby Tomlinson hit a pinch hit single to drive in Brandon Belt from second base.

Belt on a bizarre fielders’ choice that saw the ball fall just out of the reach of Arenado, but Arenado was able to throw out Posey at second base. Posey led off the inning with a single against Scott Oberg.

Trevor Story saved a big 10th inning for the Rockies, as he was able to snare a Crawford hit ball to start a dazzling double play. Story grabbed the ball, flipped to Alexi Amarista at second, who threw to Reynolds to complete the double play to end the inning.

Amarista moved from right field to second base after D.J. LeMahieu was forced to leave the game with a right groin cramp, and LeMahieu is listed as day-to-day.

NOTES: Ty Blach completes the series and the home stand for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon, as he takes the mound, while the Rockies will go with Kyle Freeland.

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