The Giants dodge what would have been an ugly sweep in Houston Sunday.
An extra inning rally to prevent a sweep is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Giants.
Taking down the Astros 6-4 in 11 innings was a nice win for San Francisco, considering they had lost five of their last six before Sunday’s four hour game.
It was ideal. Panda hit a two run homer in the top of the 11th to break open the tie ball game. That was enough to seal the win and send the G-men back home with only a one and a half game deficit to make up on Arizona for the NL West lead.
The typically mild offense was a bit more potent, in Sunday’s contest, as Brandon Belt launched a shot over the fence for a three run homer in the second. However, the 3-0 lead was not kept for long as Houston rallied in the bottom of the second to tie the game, and then take the lead.
Mike Fontenot hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to bring Nate Schierholtz across home plate to tie up the game at four a piece.
Most wins like this are very worthwhile to celebrate, especially when they prevent a sweep and stop a losing streak. The unfortunate matter is that this was against Houston. No offense to that franchise, but the defending World Champions had to take the worst team in baseball into extra innings to pull out one win in a three game series.
That really is pathetic. I’m glad the Giants won, they really couldn’t afford to lose, but if it weren’t for the Astros being a little gutsy and pitching to Pablo in the eleventh, San Fran could have easily been swept.
With a long home stand ahead, it is imperative that the Giants take this win and multiply it. Not only do they need to overtake Arizona for the playoff spot, but some momentum and team chemistry sure would be nice as the regular season winds down and the postseason beckons.