Saturday, May 02, 2015

I'd rather be lucky than good

Despite the best efforts by the bullpen to gascan the game away to the Angels, Providence intervened today and let the Giants win in the 9th.

Thanks, Taylor Featherston!  

Dave Flemming said on the air that he'd never seen a game end that way -- with the final out coming on a runner hit by a liner. Here's part of the coverage -- which asserts that Panik would have made the play anyhow...

 Nori Aoki and Casey McGehee had some timely hits, and Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey went deep, providing enough cushion for a highly effective Tim Hudson in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park on Saturday.
The 39-year-old Hudson held the Angels to two hits -- solo homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- in eight-plus innings, leading his team to its seventh win in the last 10 games and dropping his ERA to 3.78.
"I felt pretty good," Hudson said. "It was just a day where things worked out for us really good. Buster [Posey] called a good game and I was able to change some speeds and locate the ball pretty well."
The Angels made it a one-run game in the ninth, on back-to-back, two-out RBI singles by Kole Calhoun (off Jeremy Affeldt) and David Freese (Santiago Casilla). The next batter, Matt Joyce, lined a ball off the leg of pinch-runner Taylor Featherston for a game-ending automatic out. Giants second baseman Joe Panik was shifting Joyce to pull and was well positioned to make the play, but didn't have to.


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