Parker wins it via walk-off in extras for 5-4 SF win

August 5, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Jarrett Parker watches the winning run score on his infield single while Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt waits on the late relay during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in San Francisco. The Giants won 5-4. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-On the night where Pablo Sandoval makes his return to the San Francisco Giants, the Giants won in dramatic fashion.

Jarrett Parker hit an infield single that scored Denard Span from third in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Giants came back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in 10 innings before a crowd of 39,532 at AT&T Park.

Span got the inning started with a double, then Kelby Tomlinson was intentionally walked; however, Brandon Crawford hit into a double play and then after Buster Posey also received an intentional walk and went to second on defensive indifference, Parker lashed a single up the middle and the throw to first base.

Things did not start well for the Giants, as the Diamondbacks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and then lengthened it to 4-0 before the Giants started their comeback.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the first inning against Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly that David Peralta from third base, after Peralta led off the game with a single.

J.D. Martinez continued his hot hitting since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers, as he doubled to left field to score A.J. Pollock; however, on the play, Jake Lamb was thrown out at the plate on a great throw from Brandon Crawford at shortstop.

Crawford got a perfect throw from Jarett Parker before throwing to Nick Hundley, who tagged out Lamb.

Taijuan Walker pitched a great game for the Diamondbacks, as he went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while not walking a batter and striking out six and helped himself at the plate, as he singled and reached on a Brandon Crawford fielding error.

Walker scored the Diamondbacks third run of the game, as he crossed the plate on a Crawford fielding error off the bat of Pollock in the top of the fifth inning.

The Diamondbacks added a run in the top of the sixth inning, as Jeff Mathis scored on a Peralta single.

Sandoval got a huge seventh inning rally started in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he led off the inning with a double and then scored on a Parker double and then Hunter Pence hit his ninth home run of the season and first at home to cut the Diamondbacks lead down to just one.

Stratton lasted just five innings, allowing three run (two earned) on five hits, while walking four and striking out four and like Walker, he took a no-decision.

NOTES: Jeff Samardzija takes the ball on Sunday afternoon, as he goes for his seventh win of the season. The Diamondbacks will send Patrick Corbin to the hill, as he looks for his ninth win.

Pence’s home run in the seventh inning against the Diamondbacks, the Giants homerless streak against the Diamondbacks at home is ended at 266. The last home run prior to Pence’s two-run home run by a Giants player was Grant Green against Robbie Ray on July 10, 2016.

George Kontos was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates on waivers, and he will report to the team

on Monday.

It just felt like six years of memories piled up on my shoulders real quick,” Kontos said while cleaning out his locker.”

Brandon Belt was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, and his spot on the roster was taken by Stratton.

He’s been through this before,” Bruce Bochy said. “He did say he felt better in the early going than he has before. But these things are hard to figure out.”

Bochy added “He said last night, ‘I plan on being out seven days and coming right back.'”

Prior to the game, the Giants honored the 1997 team that won the National League West over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Players, coaches and executives from that team got together for a reunion and it was a treat to see them.

Rich Aurilia, Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds, Jacob Cruz, Shawn Estes, Mark Gardner, Brian Johnson, Jim Poole, Joe Roa, Rich Rodriguez, Kirk Rueter, J.T. Snow, Julian Tavarez, Jose Vizcaino and Stacey Beck, the wife of the late Rod Beck were all in attendance. Also in attendance, was former Assistant General Manager Ned Colletti, former Public Relations Director Bob Rose, then first base coach Carlos Alfonso and then third base coach Sonny Jackson.


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