San Francisco, CA – For a slit second the sellout crowd at AT&T Park got quiet when the Los Angeles Dodgers scored three runs late in the ninth inning. But the Giants stayed calm and defeated the Dodgers 6-5 for the win.
“We fought hard tonight,” manager Joe Torre said. “I thought we had some good at bats throughout the game.” “No one threw their hands up, we came up short but this was a different ball club tonight.”
The Dodgers continue their woes and fall six games behind first place San Diego. Russell Martin leadoff with the scoring in the second frame by grounding an RBI single center field. Juan Uribe responded immediately with a home run to tie the game.
Top of the third frame Rafael Furcal hit a home run and the Dodgers were back on top. Yet, again the Giants responded bottom of the inning when Aubrey Huff doubled bringing in two runs giving them back the lead. Huff was the unsung hero of the game with a home run, driving in three runs and scoring twice.
“I’ve waited for this moment my entire life,” Huff said. “Tonight was the biggest night to play in front of this home crowd.”
The sixth inning was huge for San Francisco, both Pat Burrell and Pablo Sandoval doubled back-to-back bringing in two more runs. Then Huff hit his 20th homer of the season with two outs in the bottom of the seventh fame.
“I tossed the bat, so I knew if it was anywhere, I better swing,” said Huff. “Tonight was the kind of atmosphere I’ve been waiting for my entire life.”
The night belonged to Huff behind good pitching from Tim Lincecum. Batting .500 with runners in scoring position during the month of July, Huff continues to lead in every offensive category this season.
Lincecum lasted seven innings giving up seven hits (two earned), two walks and nine strikeouts. He started of rusty but became more in control of the mound when he displayed a new delivery. Something he named the “twerk” which is a variation of “tweak”.
“Just so I could stay over my foot longer, I did the change,” said Lincecum. “Lately, I’ve had a tougher timing issue in my windup so I messed around a little twerk which turned out to be a big twerk.”
The Dodgers rallied back in the ninth to get within one away from tying the game. A triple from Scott Podsednik brought in Jamey Carroll to score. Then a wild pitch from Jonathan Sanchez allowed Podsednik to score. Matt Kemp followed with a single that sent Furcal in bringing them down 6-5.
The Giants bullpen struggled but finished strong enough to seal their victory. They’ve won 17 of their last 22 contests and 18 of their last 24 games. Now San Francisco sits only 2 1/2 games behind first place San Diego in the National League.
“We haven’t played well in our division or against the Dodgers,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s why we were doing all we could at the end, trying to get outs to close the game out.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino