Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Kelby returns

That guy with the glasses was clutch tonight. He drove in the winning run and started a game ending DP. Here's the SFChron's story - 

DENVER - This is the glory of baseball.
The Giants were ready to sell their souls for a clutch hit and finally got one in the ninth inning Tuesday night from a September callup who is here for his baserunning and bunting and atoned for getting picked off first base and failing to execute a suicide squeeze.
It was Kelby Tomlinson's night at Coors Field, good and bad, with the good prevailing in a 3-2 victory that prevented the Giants from falling out of the top Wild Card spot.
"He saved himself rom a fine there with that base hit," manager Bruce Bochy said through a smile that had been missing in action.
The game was tied 2-2 and the Giants had runners on the corners thanks to a two-base Daniel Descalso throwing error and a Hunter Pence infield hit.
After Boone Logan struck out Brandon Crawford, Bochy gave Tomlinson the suicide-squeeze sign even with slow-footed Buster Posey at third base. Tomlinson fouled his bunt to the right side. First baseman Gerardo Parra nearly caught it with a dive.
Logan threw another strike before he mislocated an 0-2 fastball that Tomlinson lined into left to bring Posey home with the winning run.

Bochy then turned to Santiago Casilla to close, seven blown saves be damned. Casilla retired Giants-killer Nolan Arenado on a flyball, walked David Dahl then got Parra to hit sharply into a double play to end the game. Fittingly, Tomlinson started it.
A team that seemed to forget how to do the little things succeeded in enough of them to beat the Rockies.
"That's what it's all ab0ut, especially in September. You've got to find a way to win," Jeff Samardzija said after he set the table with seven superb innings. He allowed two runs and lowered his ERA in three career starts at Coors to 2.01.
Apparently, guys who can use a 97-mph fastball with three good secondary pitches to strike out nine need not fear the elevation.
The Giants won for the fifth time in 55 games this season when trailing after seven innings. They tied it in the eighth on an Eduardo Nuñez infield out after Gorkys Hernandez and Trevor Brown started the inning with singles against starter Tyler Anderson.
Nuñez homered for the first Giants run, ending a team scoreless streak at 19 innings.
Management did two things in a bid end a five-game stretch with four or fewer hits, which tied a modern big-league record. Bochy sat badly struggling regulars Brandon Belt, Denard Span and Joe Panik, and played Tomlinson, Brown and Hernandez, with Posey at first base.
Batting coach Hensley Meulens also conducted a 15-minute hitters meeting before batting practice. Brandon Crawford, said no new ground was broken. Meulens just reminded everyone what they have been told.
"Anytime you can bring yourselves together and refocus and make sure we know what everyone is striving for at the end, it gives you energy," Tomlinson said.
The Giants then outhit Colorado eight to four.
Bochy also said a lot by turning to Casilla two days after his devastating blown save in the getaway game at Wrigley Field, his seventh. Bochy said he had not considered replacing Casilla.
"I know he's had some hiccups," Bochy said. "They all have. It's the nature of being in the bullpen. You've got to stay behind him. He's got great stuff. I just didn't feel there was a need for a change right now."
Casilla appreciated the gesture.
"When I see the manager have confidence in me, it makes me keep my head up," he said through translator Erwin Higueros. "The manager is the one in charge. He makes the last decision. He knows me. We've been together six years. He's like a father to me. Whatever decision he makes, I'm going to go for it."


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