Walk off single for Hundley wins it for SF in extras 5-4

July 22, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley celebrates after making the game winning hit in the twelfth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Nick Hundley came up with the biggest hit of the afternoon for the San Francisco Giants.

Hundley hit a single over the head of Jabari Blash in left field to score Kelby Tomlinson from second base, as the Giants came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the San Diego Padres 5-4 before a crowd of 40,936 at AT&T Park.

The win by the Giants came just one night/morning after a hard fought 11-9 loss in 11 innings to the Padres.

After the bullpen was unable to hold down the fort on Friday night/Saturday morning, all the pitchers came up with great outings on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Moore went a solid six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, not walking a batter and striking out seven before turning it over to the bullpen.

As for the bullpen, they were absolutely outstanding, as they went six innings and allowed just one hit, a walk and a hit batter. The quartet of Albert Suarez, Sam Dyson, Hunter Strickland and Josh Osich struck out six.

The Giants struck first in the bottom of the third inning, as Joe Panik singled in Gorkys Hernandez, who singled with one out in the inning.

Unfortunately, that would not be the lead for long, as the Padres stormed back to score four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead over the slumping Giants.

Wil Myers hit his second home run in as many days, as he took a Moore offering and came up with his 19th home run of the season, but that was not even biggest hit of the inning for the Padres.

Pitcher Luis Perdomo came up with the biggest hit of the inning for the Padres, as he lashed a two-run triple over the head of Hernandez in center field that Matt Szczur and Luis Torrens. It was a Torrens single that gave the Padres a 2-1 prior to the Perdomo triple.

It was the third triple of the season for Perdomo, and he is the first pitcher since Dontrelle Willis in 2007 to have three triples in a single season. The three triples by Perdomo in a single season are the most by a Padres pitcher in team history.

That three run by the Padres was shot-lived as well, as the Giants scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie up the game.

Hunter Pence got the rally started, as he reached on a fielding error by Allen Cordoba, then after a ground out that sent Pence to second, Orlando Calixte singled in Pence. Moore then helped out own cause, as he singled to left field. After a Hernandez walk to load the bases, Eduardo Nunez singled to right field to score Calixte and Moore to tie up the game.

Despite the fact that both the Padres and the Giants were able to get their lead off runners on base in the bottom of the 10th inning, both teams were able to get out of the jam and the game went on to the 11th inning.

NOTES: Ty Blach takes the mound in the series finale for the Giants, as he looks for his seventh win of the season, while the Padres will send Dinelson Lamet to the mound, as he looks to even his record at 4-4.

The Giants made some big corresponding moves on the afternoon, as they recalled right-handed pitcher Albert Suarez and Calixte from Sacramento, while they optioned Stephen Okert and Jae-Gyun Hwang to Sacramento.

Former Giants third baseman and 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player Pablo Sandoval signed a minor-league contract with the team, and will report to Single-A San Jose, where he will play tonight.

Sandoval was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox last week, and was released by the team on Wednesday.

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