As the 2016 season inches its way to its inevitable, disappointing conclusion, the Giants picked up a win in Arizona after twice blowing leads. The game went 12 innings, by which time even the Chronicle had lost interest. The sports page features the Cal football team in a preview of today's game, the A's, the Raiders and the 49ers. I can't blame them.
Madison Bumgarner pitched the opening 6 innings. He allowed 4 runs, 3 of them on 2 home runs. Balls fly in Arizona. Maddy threw 110 pitches, gave up 6 hits, struck out 9 and walked 1. After the top of the 7th inning, he stood to get a W if the Giants could have held a 5 - 4 margin. That evaporated quickly under George Kontos. Kontos was given a blown save according to the ESPN box (can you get one of those in the 7th inning? was it a blown hold? a blowhole?). He was followed by an inning each from Romo and Strickland, then, in the 10th, the Giants scored on a Pence double and a wild pitch. Casilla gave up a home run, to that guy Lamb again, then made it through the rest of the 10th. Joe Nathan pitched the 11th. In the 12th, Belt walked, followed by a single from Joe Panik. Kelby Tomlinson singled up the center for another go-ahead run.
In the 12th, the Giants brought Cory Gearrin in to pitch. He struck out Owings, then was parked in left field for Lopez to pitch to Lamb, who walked. Then Gearrin was brought back to pitch and Gorkys was brought into play left. Gearrin finished the inning for a save. That's why your box shows Gearrin for a full inning with a save, followed by Lopez. Joe Nathan got the win. The Giants used 8 pitchers and 11 position players. Span and Posey were 0 for 6, Pagan got 1 hit and Crawford was 0 for 5. However, Pence was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, Belt was 2 for 3 with 3 walks, and Panik and Nunez both got 2 hits. Giants win 7 - 6 and took over 5 hours to do so. The doggers lost and the Cardinals and Mets both won.