Bench clearing brawl ensues as Phillies knock off Giants 9-2
It started off pretty solid for the G-Men. A well played first inning on the night of Jonathan Sanchez’s return. San Francisco took an early 1-0 lead against the mighty Philadelphia Phillies.
Newly made Giants Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Beltran worked together off a walk and a single to allow Pablo Sandoval a sacrifice fly that drove in Keppinger.
Then came the fourth inning and trouble landed at Third and King. Shane Victorino put the Phillies on the board with a solo home run to kick things off. Two more hits, a fielders’ choice, and the Phils notched another run to take the lead 2-1.
John Mayberry Jr. arrived at the plate with a runner on first to increase the margin to 4-1 Philadelphia.
Surprisingly, Sanchez, who spent over a month on the disabled list and rehabbing in the minors with biceps tendonitis, came back out in the fifth inning. He gave up a stolen base, a few more hits and a walk to give the Phillies another run making it 5-1.
Ramon Ramirez took over the mound for Sanchez after the fifth run scored and got the final out immediately. On the substitution Aaron Rowand entered the game with a double switch for Nate Schierholtz and some slight momentum followed for the Giants.
Eli Whiteside was up first in the bottom of the fifth and hit a solo shot to get the Giants one run closer with a 5-2 disadvantage.
The sixth inning rolled around and another walk, consecutive singles and Philadelphia rallied for a few more runs taking an 8-2 advantage.
Ramirez nailed Victorino with a pitch and all hell broke loose.
A bench clearing brawl created some intense adrenaline for the game—possibly just what the Giants needed—or not.
Unfortunately, Whiteside was ejected for protecting his pitcher and Ramirez and Victorino were both booted. The score remained 8-2 after six, despite Panda leading off with a double in the bottom of the sixth.
Hunter Pence homered for Philly in the top of the seventh moving the lead up to 9-2. That ended up being the final score.
The Giants have now dropped seven of their last eight games and can only hope to win Saturday and Sunday to split the four game series with the Phils.