The Miami Marlins football helmet is like a trophy for the gamer as Jesus Sanchez’ sac fly scores the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the San Francisco Giants at DepotLoan Park in Miami (AP News photo)
San Francisco Lead Turns Sideways Losing To Miami 5-4
After Friday night’s 15-6 domination of the Miami Marlins (22-29) by San Francisco (28-24), the Giants were looking for a win in game three of this series. The Giants couldn’t hold on as the Marlins Jesus Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly to get Miami past the Giants in the bottom of the ninth 5-4 at LoanDepot Park in Miami.
Once again the Giants got on the board early. A Jason Vosler homer in the third inning gave San Francisco the lead 1-0. The Giants added to their tally in the fourth inning when a Donovan Walton’s shot to deep left brought Thairo Estrada, Joc Pederson and Brandon Crawford home for a 4-0 lead. Again San Francisco was in good shape through four innings.
The Marlins had been quiet until the fifth inning. It all turned sideways for San Francisco in the matter of one inning. Sanchez doubled bringing Avisail Garcia home and getting Miami up on the board, their first run of the game.
Sanchez would score on a throwing error by Giant’s catcher Joey Bart and the Marlins were trailing by 4-2. Miami would strike again in the same inning. Garrett Cooper singled allowing Jon Berti and Jazz Chisholm Jr. to score and this game was tied 4-4.
The game remained tied through the next 3 1/2 innings before the Giants self-destructed in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jesus Aguilar hit a single followed by Garcia getting hit by a pitch. Garcia would advance to second and Luke Williams (who ran for Aguilar) went on to third off a balk and San Francisco was walking on very thin ice.
Sanchez’s game-winning sacrifice fly was the final blow of a very shaky ninth inning for the Giants. The final was 5-4 in favor of Miami.
The Giants were in control of this game until the fifth inning. This was a real disappointment for San Francisco after taking the 4-0 lead and letting the Marlins back in the game
Tomorrow the Giants will meet Miami in the final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 10:40. We will see Jakob Junis (2-1, 2.61) take the mound for San Francisco. For Miami Braxton Garrett (2-3, 5.18) will get the nod for Miami.