What We Learned as Yaz Makes Incredible Comeback With Walk-Off Slam Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Bavaria
A sigh of collective relief could be heard from the Giants and however many lucky fans turned around to witness the biggest comeback of the season.
Leading 2–0 after the second inning, disaster struck at the top of the fifth when a costly error kept the innings alive, starting pitcher Alex Wood (ND, 4 2/3 IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 0). BB, 7 KS) and the Milwaukee Brewers to score five runs.
The Giants were headed for another disappointing defeat. That is, till the roll of the ninth inning.
Here are three overviews of the Giants’ 8-5 win over the Brewers at Oracle Park.
down but never out
By the end of the ninth inning, the Giants’ offense was icy and it appeared as if San Francisco were headed for another disappointing loss.
Entering the ninth, down 5-2, the Giants quickly made some noise as Joy Bart and Darin Roof launched solo home runs to bring them within a run.
An Austin Slater single, Yermin Mercedes hit-by-pitch, and a bloop hit from Thyro Estrada loaded Yastrzemski’s bases.
And then, Oracle Park exploded.
On the first pitch of an at-bat, Yastrzemsky pitched a missile to the wall of right-center field for a walk-off Grand Slam.
With the base loaded and the Giants down a run with one run, it was clear something was about to happen. But no one was prepared for the catastrophe to come.
A disappointed Giants team wasted no time in celebrating as the spirit spread on the field.
knock on wood
When the Giants needed consistency, Wood delivered. Even though his outings were cut short on Friday night, the veteran lefty has surrendered only four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings, while dismissing 25 batsmen in his last four starts.
Although Logan Webb and Carlos Rodone have pitched like consistent aces of late, Wood has given a nice boost to the back end of the rotation.
With Jacob Junis coming back soon and Alex Cobb pitching better, the Giants’ rotation is headed in the right direction and there is a need for continued consistency from Wood.
ruined by defense… again
The Giants don’t seem to be going out of their way defensively. With two dismissals at the top of the fifth inning, Brewers second baseman Colton Wong and center fielder Jonathan Davis took a single each. Christian Yelich then grounded a ball to Wade Jr., who could not field it cleanly, extending the innings and allowing Wong to score Milwaukee’s first run of the game.
The error took Wood out of the game. Tyler Rogers replaced him and then went to base load Willie Adams. Former giant Andrew McCutchen then lined up base-clearing, doubling for three runs from the left field line, giving the Brewers a 4–2 lead. A hit-by-pitch, single and another walk scored the Brewers fifth in that innings.
At the top of the sixth inning, Wong arrived on a fielding error from Villar, the second error in as many innings for the Giants.
This has been a major issue throughout the season and Friday night again proved to be a thorn in the side of the Giants. Fortunately, the offense happened and what happened in the first eight innings of the game was a distant memory.
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