Nunez with his first walk-off of career in SF’s 2-1 win

July 18, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

July 18, 2017: San Francisco Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez (10) hit a single to send center fielder Denard Span (2) home to win the game, 2-1 in ten innings, in a MLB baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Runs were at a standstill for both the Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants, but in the end, it was a big hit by Eduardo Nunez that saved the day.

Nunez hit a single off of Cody Allen in the bottom of the 10th inning, propelling the Giants to a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Indians before a crowd of 39,151 at AT&T Park.

Conor Gillaspie, on his 30th birthday doubled down the right field line off of Allen and then Denard Span came up with a huge drag bunt that put runners on the corners. Span then advanced to second on defensive indifference with Nunez at the plate.

Just one pitch after the indifference, Nunez knocked an Allen pitch into right field to score pinch runner Kelby Tomlinson easily from third base and the celebration began for the Giants.

Tomlinson came on to pinch run for Gillaspie after he doubled off of Allen to lead off the inning for the Giants, and spark the eventual game-winning rally.

With the one-run victory, the Giants have played 48 games decided by two runs or fewer, tying the Philadelphia Phillies for the most in the major leagues. The Giants were tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the second-most such games prior to the huge extra inning victory.

This was the first walk-off hit of Nunez’s career, but it almost never happened, as the Giants wasted a huge opportunity in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Brandon Belt, who struck out in his first three at-bats walked against Andrew Miller, then Buster Posey followed up with a walk of his own. After Brandon Crawford flew out to left field for the first out of the inning, Hunter Pence beat out a dribbler up the third base line to load the bases.

Unfortunately for the Giants, they were unable to score, as Allen struck out Joe Panik and then Gorkys Hernandez to fly out to Guyer to strand the bases loaded.

Mike Clevinger pitched a great game for the Indians, as he went six innings, allowing one unearned run on just three hits, while walking two and striking out seven; however, he did not fare in the decision.

Like Clevinger, Ty Blach pitched a great game, as he went seven innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, walking one and striking out there and like Clevinger, he did not fare in the decision.

The Indians broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning, as Brandon Guyer hit his first triple of the season that scored Bradley Zimmer from second base after Clevinger successfully sacrificed the centerfielder up an additional 90 feet after Zimmer led off the frame with a single off of Blach.

Buster Posey got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he singled in Eduardo Nunez from second base. Nunez reached to lead off the inning after Guyer was unable to hold to the Nunez fly ball for an error.

NOTES: Matt Cain takes the ball in the series finale for the Giants, while the Indians will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound.

This will be Cain’s first start against the Indians since the 2011 season, and he is 1-1 with a 3.00 earned run average in 12 innings of work in his two career starts.

Carrasco will be facing the Giants for the third time in his career, and his first since April 25, 2014. In his career versus the Giants, Carrasco is 0-2 with a 3.21 earned run average.


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