LOS ANGELES—As if Dodger fans didn’t already have enough reasons to hate the Giants. After Wednesday’s game, they have another. After gaining a three run lead in the seventh inning, the Giants chipped away at the lead, eventually tying and winning off of Hunter Pence’s bases loaded sac fly in the 10th inning.
The Dodgers squandered a gem of a game by Alex Wood. He completely shut down the Gaints offense, allowing only one hit and a walk, while striking out five batters through six innings. Unfortunately, the Dodgers gave him no run support, failing to score until the seventh inning when Corey Seager blasted a 462 foot homer to left field, the longest by any major league batter this season. Justin Turner extended his hit streak to 12 games when he singled in the seventh, and he was sent home by Chase Utley’s single. Andrew Toles gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead when Yasmani Grandal scored off of his fielders choice.
Sergio Romo, playing his first season in Dodger blue after a long career with the Giants, is still helping the Giants get wins. After taking over for Wood in the seventh inning he allowed Christian Arroyo to record the first home run of his career, a two run shot that got the Giants back in the game. In the eighth inning, Michael Morse was called upon to pinch hit and he delivered with a game tying home run that was exactly what the struggling Giants needed.
“That was quite an energy jolt right there,” Pence said of Morse’s home run. “It’s one of those special moments that can change a season. It was one of the coolest moments of the season by far.”
Pence delivered a jolt of energy himself when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning to deliver the walk off run. After falling behind in the count 1-2, he worked the count full while fouling off four balls that all seemed to be well outside of the pitching box.
Some of those pitches were so high and he was making contact with them,” said San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy. “He had that thou-shalt-not-walk motto in that AB because he was hacking.”
This is the Dodgers first extra inning game of the season, and after the loss they are now 1-5 in one run games this season. They will look to even the series against their rivals Thursday afternoon when 20 year old Julio Urias makes his first start this season. Meanwhile, the Giants will have left hander Matt Moore (1-3) on the mound.