National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at San Francisco|
(Wednesday, May 8th)
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 3 (10 innings)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Andres Torres singled in the winning run
with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, enabling the San Francisco
Giants to salvage the finale of a three-game series with the Philadelphia
Phillies by posting a 4-3 victory at AT&T Park.
Marco Scutaro went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the win, while Hunter Pence
had a solo home run to help the Giants prevent Philadelphia from notching its
first three-game sweep in San Francisco since 1984.
Barry Zito did his part as well for the Giants, limiting the Phillies to a run
and four hits over seven-plus innings on the mound and contributing an RBI
single at the plate. He was in line for his fourth win of the season, but
Philadelphia scored twice against closer Sergio Romo in the ninth to force
Javier Lopez (1-0) earned the decision after hurling a scoreless top of the
Chase Utley and Delmon Young each drove in runs during the Phillies' ninth-
inning rally, with Kevin Frandsen slugging a solo homer earlier in the game.
"We came back in the ninth and gave ourselves a shot to actually win it,"
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins remarked. "The way we wanted to play it is
what matters most. We can stand tall on that and hopefully take that to
Arizona (for the next series) and throughout."
Philadelphia starter Jonathan Pettibone was touched for three runs over 5 2/3
innings, with Antonio Bastardo (1-1) saddled with the loss after giving up a
run on two hits in the 10th.
Bastardo was greeted by Buster Posey's pinch-hit single to begin the bottom of
the 10th, with the reigning NL MVP moving up a base on Joaquin Arias'
sacrifice bunt and reaching third when Bastardo uncorked a pitch in the dirt,
but was on the verge of escaping trouble after fanning Guillermo Quiroz for
the second out.
Torres delivered, however, by lining the first pitch he saw from Bastardo over
second baseman Utley's head and into shallow right center to put the Giants on
"I want to be aggressive," Torres said of the at-bat. "I was sitting on one of
his sliders, but he threw me a fastball."
Philadelphia's offense was held squarely in check by Zito, but sprung to life
when Romo entered to protect a 3-1 lead in the ninth.
Rollins began the comeback with a leadoff double into the right-field
corner, then took third on a Frandsen flyout before Michael Young drew a walk
to put two men aboard. Utley then laced a single up the middle that brought in
Rollins and advanced Michael Young to third, with Delmon Young following
with a sacrifice fly to right that evened the score at 3-3.
Pettibone matched Zito through the game's first four innings by surrendering
just a single run to that point, but the Giants broke through against the
rookie with a two-out surge in the fifth to move in front.
After Gregor Blanco singled off the right-field wall and stole second to move
into scoring position, Scutaro hit a flare into center that dropped in front
of the Phillies' John Mayberry to give San Francisco a 2-1 lead.
Zito extended the margin with a clutch two-out hit of his own in the sixth,
with the veteran lefty's slap single plating Brandon Belt and ending
Pettibone's afternoon. Belt had reached on a leadoff walk, one of two free
passes issued by Pettibone during the inning.
"I got a fastball in and tried to pull my hands in," said Zito of his key hit.
"I don't try to pull the ball too often, but I was able to have a quicker bat
through the zone right there."
Pence opened the scoring by clubbing a hanging slider from Pettibone into the
seats in left to begin the bottom of the second, but Philadelphia countered on
Frandsen's leadoff homer in the fourth, only the second hit allowed by Zito on
Frandsen's homer was only the second run Zito has allowed in five home starts
this season, spanning a total of 33 innings ... Charlie Manuel participated in
his 1,331st game as the Phillies' skipper, tying Gene Mauch (1960-68) for the
most by a manager in club history ... Scutaro extended his hitting streak to
eight games and is batting .500 (15-for-30) during the tear ... Giants
reliever Santiago Casilla exited the game with an injured right knee after
facing just two batters in the eighth ... The Phillies' last 13 home runs have
all been solo shots following Frandsen's blast.
05/08 22:31:40 ET