photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski dives to catch a fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal for the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, June 15, 2019. .
By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO — In what was one of the most bizarre games of the season, Mike Yastrzemski came up with the play of the game.
Yastrzemski made a diving catch with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, as he preserved the San Francisco Giants 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers before a crowd of 34,560 at Oracle Park.
Yasmani Grandal hit a sinking line drive into the left-center field gap, and Yastrzemski made an all-out dive for the catch, giving the Giants their season-high fourth straight win.
The Grandal lineout would have definitely scored Ryan Braun, who was on first base after he singled with two outs off of closer Will Smith.
Christian Yelich brought the Brewers within one run just prior to the Braun single, as he hit an opposite field solo home run, his 26th home run of the season, which also extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games.
Stephen Vogt was the big offensive star for the Giants on the afternoon, as he lashed two triples and a single in a come-from-behind victory.
Vogt is the first Giants catcher since Steve Nicosia on July 18, 1984, to have two triples in the same game.
“Definitely thinking third,” said Vogt.
Madison Bumgarner was cruising until the top of the third inning when, catcher, Manny Pina hit a solo home run off of Bumgarner to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers extended their lead in the top of the fourth inning, as Grandal walked, then Mike Moustakas doubled him to third base. Then came some bizarre defense, as Kevin Pillar dropped the Hernan Perez fly ball for an error and a sacrifice fly on the same play.
On the play, Grandal scored and Moustakas went to third, with Perez advancing to second base on the play.
Orlando Arcia then got in on the act, as he grounded out to score Moustakas from third base. Pina picked up his second RBI in as many at-bats, as he singled in Perez from third base to extend the Brewers lead.
Vogt then helped get the Giants on the board in the bottom half of the inning, as he tripled for the first time in the game and then when Pillar singled to left field. Brandon Crawford then extended the inning as he singled to send Pillar to third base.
Unfortunately, that would be all the scoring for the inning, as Steven Duggar, who represented the tying run, grounded out to Grandal to end the inning.
The Brewers extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning, as Grandal hit a sacrifice fly that scored Yelich, who grounded out into a force out.
Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson began to wild in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he walked the first three batters, including Bumgarner. After Yastrzemski walked to load the bases, Craig Counsell replaced Nelson with Adrian Houser, who fared no better, as he walked Belt to force in Bumgarner.
Houser then got Pablo Sandoval to ground out which scored Panik and then Vogt picked up an RBI, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Yastrzemski.
The Giants finally tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Crawford led off the inning with a double and then scored the tying run when Panik hit a sacrifice fly.
Grandal gave the Brewers the lead once again, as he hit a sacrifice fly that Yelich, who walked with one out in the top of the seventh against Trevor Gott, who replaced Bumgarner in the beginning of the inning.
Vogt got the eventual game-winning rally started in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he tripled for the second time on the afternoon with one out. Pillar then tied the game when he singled in Vogt.
Crawford then gave the Giants the lead for good, as he doubled into short center field that scored Pillar.
Once again, Vogt came through in the bottom of the eighth inning, as he beat out an infield single that scored Belt.
Bumgarner had another quality start as he went six innings, allowing five runs (three earned), five hits, three walks, and had six strikeouts.
“Everybody is starting to come around,” said Bumgarner.
Nelson also did not fare in the decision, as he went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out six.
Gott pitched the seventh inning, as he picked up his third win of the season, while Junior Guerra lost for the first time.
Despite the home run to Yelich, and the single to Braun, Smith was able to notch his 18th save of the season, as he got Grandal to fly out to end the game.
“Definitely off tomorrow,” said Bochy about Smith.
NOTES: With the victory, the Giants have the highest winning percentage in baseball in one- run, as they are now 16-6 (.727), one-half game over the San Diego Padres, who are 16-7 with a percentage of .696.
The last time that Vogt picked up two triples in the same game came on May 4, 2017, against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Belt extended his on-base streak up to 18 games, as he went 1-for-4 on the day and is hitting .310 (18-for-58) with two home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Crawfords three hits were his most since he picked up three hits on September 18,2018 against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
UP NEXT: Jeff Samardzija looks to help the Giants go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon, as he will face Chase Anderson for the Brewers.