National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at San Francisco|
(Saturday, April 14th)
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Pittsburgh 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Emmanuel Burriss scored the winning run
in the bottom of the ninth inning on an errant throw to the plate, as the
Giants edged Pittsburgh, 4-3, on Saturday.
Burriss singled to start the ninth against Chris Resop (0-1) and pinch-hitter
Ryan Theriot singled to put runners on the corners. Angel Pagan was
intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out. Melky Cabrera then hit
a grounder to shortstop Clint Barmes, who delivered a low throw to the plate
that wasn't handled cleanly by catcher Rod Barajas.
"You throw to your target, and I didn't make a good throw," Barmes admitted.
"It was hit hard enough, where I catch it and give it to Rod, we've got two
outs. At that point, we've got a great chance at getting out of it."
Before the game, the Giants received disturbing and potentially devastating
news regarding their closer. Manager Bruce Bochy announced Brian Wilson likely
has structural issues in his elbow. If the issue is confirmed -- Bochy said
that Wilson would be seeking a second opinion, probably from orthopedist Dr.
James Andrews -- the righty will likely require season-ending Tommy John
Charlie Morton, who started the season on the disabled list while recovering
from left hip surgery, allowed seven hits and three runs over five innings for
Giants starter Barry Zito gave up six hits and three runs -- two earned --
over seven frames.
Neil Walker singled in two runs in the first inning for the Pirates, but the
Giants got those back in the second on a Nate Schierholtz RBI triple and a
single from Burriss.
A throwing error from Brandon Crawford gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead in the
fifth, but Pittsburgh gave it right back in the bottom half. Pagan tripled
with one out, and with two down Pablo Sandoval sent a ball off Morton. The
pitcher recovered, but his throw was wide of first, tying the game.
Pinch-hitter Garrett Jones singled with two outs in the top of the ninth and
stole second with Javier Lopez (1-0) on the mound, but Alex Presley then
"We did have some good things happen on defense, but we made mistakes," Bochy
said. "I think it's only going to get better. We're going to be a better
defensive ball club than we were last year."
The Giants, winners of three in a row, will send Ryan Vogelsong to the mound
Sunday. The Pirates counter with Kevin Correia...The Giants have won 10 of
their last 13 games against the Pirates at AT&T Park...The Giants have scored
four or more runs in all eight games this year marking the first time the
franchise has done that to begin a season since 2003 (did it in 9 straight).
04/15 01:49:11 ET