MLB Game Summary - San Francisco at Seattle|
(Sunday, June 17th)
Final Score: Seattle 2, San Francisco 1
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Justin Smoak hit a game-winning RBI single in
the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday and the Mariners edged the Giants,
2-1, in the finale of a three-game series.
Tom Wilhelmsen (3-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth and
Seattle began the bottom half with back-to-back singles off of Sergio Romo
(2-1). Javier Lopez entered and allowed Smoak's one-out line drive to left
field, which scored pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second base.
"I tried to get a pitch to hit and not try to do too much," said Smoak. "I
got a changeup right over the plate and put a good swing on it."
Felix Hernandez gave up one run over seven innings in his second start back
from injury for the Mariners, who won the last two games of this series after
suffering six straight losses.
San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner allowed one run on three hits over
eight innings. He retired 17 straight batters after Dustin Ackley's sacrifice
fly in the second inning.
Angel Pagan had an RBI single in the first for the Giants, losers of three of
their last four games.
In addition to his game-winning hit, Smoak made a diving stop on Hector
Sanchez's grounder to end the eighth after the Giants placed runners at first
San Francisco threatened again an inning later, loading the bases with one
down on a single and a pair of walks, but Wilhelmsen struck out Melky Cabrera
on three pitches and grounded out pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz to escape.
Cabrera fielded Smoak's base hit in the bottom half after Kyle Seger and
Jesus Montero led off with consecutive singles. The left fielder's throw home
was on target, but it struck a sliding Kawasaki in the back and rolled
harmlessly up the first base line.
"The ninth inning was the difference," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "It
was the golden opportunity but we didn't quite get it done and they got the
big hit. Hits win games and we were missing that today, especially in the
Hernandez missed 11 games with lower back stiffness...The Giants dropped their
first road series since losing two of three games to the Dodgers from May
7-9...Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher left in the eighth inning after taking a
pitch off of his arm. He was replaced by Joe West.
06/17 20:54:35 ET