Giants beat Diamondbacks on homer by Ishikawa
August 26, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Ishikawa lifted the San Francisco Giants’ tattered spirits with one swing.
Ishikawa hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning after scoring the tying run in the seventh on a wild pitch and the Giants held off a rally to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Juan Uribe hit a solo homer in the second for San Francisco, which bounced back from a heartbreaking 14-inning loss at Colorado on Monday night in which Ryan Spilborghs hit a game-ending grand slam.
“Ishi, it was his show tonight. What a job he did,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You have a game like last night, a gut-wrenching game … you look at today and you have to be proud of them. You have to bounce back and be resilient. No getting around it, that’s a big win for us.”
The Giants snapped a three-game losing streak and remained four games behind Colorado in the NL wild card.
Ishikawa had one extra-base hit in his previous 70 at-bats – going a stretch of 31 games without one – before his double in the seventh. He connected off Jon Rauch (2-2) for his ninth homer, the biggest yet of his young major league career.
Recommended Stories For You
“I don’t think I’ve ever hit a bigger home run than that late in the game to give us a lead,” Ishikawa said. “We can’t dwell on the last road trip, the last series. Everyone came in today and did a good job putting that behind us.”
Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) pitched the eighth for the win and Sergio Romo recorded the final out for his second save in as many chances.
Brian Wilson, on the mound one night after throwing 41 pitches, retired the first two batters in the ninth before allowing a single to Augie Ojeda then walking pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal and Stephen Drew to load the bases. Ryan Roberts followed with a two-run single and Romo relieved and got Chad Tracy to ground out.
“It’s huge for our team. It picks us back up,” Romo said. “It’s going to lift our spirits big time.”
San Francisco returned from a tough 5-6 trip in which the Giants led all four games at Coors Field but lost the final three. They lost 6-4 in 4 hours, 57 minutes Monday night after scoring three runs in the top of the 14th – and the team landed in San Francisco at 3 a.m.
Ishikawa scored the tying run in the seventh on Dan Haren’s third wild pitch of the game.
Bob Howry walked Roberts on five pitches to start the eighth, and after starting 2-0 against Tracy, Bochy quickly to turned to Affeldt.
The Diamondbacks lost for the eighth time in nine games after snapping a season-long seven-game losing streak Sunday in a 7-5 win at Houston.
“We didn’t quit and we made it interesting off their closer,” Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. “We just couldn’t come through at the very end. It was an exciting game. It’s unfortunate that we lose it because we battled back, we had the lead and they delivered the tough blow with the three-run home run.”
Arizona scored twice in the fifth to take the lead, including getting an unearned run after Ojeda reached on Eli Whiteside’s catcher’s interference. Ojeda still made contact and hit a fly ball to right field, but got to take first.
Whiteside helped save a run in the sixth. Gerardo Parra drew a two-out walk, then was thrown out at home on Alex Romero’s double. Whiteside blocked the collision and Parra didn’t attempt to slide.
Slugger Pablo Sandoval didn’t start for the Giants because of a bruised right calf but pinch-hit in the seventh. He drew an intentional walk after the wild pitch that allowed Ishikawa to score. Pitcher Barry Zito entered as a pinch-runner, the third time in two games the Giants have inserted a pitcher to run.
The night began as a pitcher’s duel featuring 12-game winners Matt Cain and Haren.
Haren struck out six and walked one in seven innings. Cain, the All-Star right-hander, received his third straight no-decision and is winless in six starts since a victory at Coors Field on July 24.
NOTES: The Giants sported their “GIGANTES” jerseys for Latino Heritage Night. … San Francisco C Bengie Molina had the night off. … All six of Uribe’s hits against Arizona this year have been for extra bases – four doubles and two homers. … Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton, on the DL since Aug. 6 with a right oblique strain, hit a grand slam for Class-A Visalia in second rehab game. … Drew rejoined the D-backs after missing the last two at Houston over the weekend to be with his pregnant wife in Arizona.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2, 10 innings
SEATTLE – Defensive-replacement Ryan Langerhans homered off Craig Breslow with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Franklin Gutierrez’s singled with one out in the 10th off Breslow (5-7), who entered the game tied in losses among AL relievers. It was Gutierrez’s fifth hit and seventh time on base in the two games he’s been leading off while Ichiro Suzuki rests a tight calf muscle.
Then Langerhans, who entered for defense the inning before, smacked a 2-2 pitch into the first row of seats beyond right field. It was his second game-ending home run as a late-game substitute in three weeks.
Mark Lowe (2-6) pitched the 10th for the win.
Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. got the small, quiet crowd on its feet with a pinch-hitting appearance with a man on and one out in the eighth against Michael Wuertz. Griffey was 4 for 6 with two home runs against him, but the 39-year-old slugger struck out waving over a 2-2 pitch in the dirt.
Gutierrez stole second on that pitch. Then Jose Lopez chopped a ball to the right of charging third baseman Adam Kennedy. Gutierrez slowed his run to third, veered onto the infield grass and almost looped around the ball, seemingly obscuring Kennedy’s view of the ball until it clanged off his glove for a game-tying error.
Lopez then stole second on a play in which replays appeared to show he was out. But Mike Sweeney, who spent last season with Oakland, struck out on a full-count pitch to end the inning and keep it tied at 2.
Kennedy’s single that scored Mark Ellis in the seventh inning had put Oakland up 2-1.
That was the last pitch thrown by Seattle starter Ryan Rowland-Smith, who allowed nine hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings.
After reliever Shawn Kelley got Rajai Davis to ground out, Kurt Suzuki flied out to strand runners at second and third and keep the Mariners close.
A’s rookie Brett Anderson allowed one run and six hits with eight strikeouts in seven impressive innings. The 21-year-old left-hander, Oakland’s centerpiece in the trade that sent Dan Haren to Arizona following the 2007 season, leads major league rookies with 117 strikeouts.
A two-out double by Kurt Suzuki and an RBI double by Scott Hairston put Oakland up 1-0 in the first.
Russell Branyan tied it in the second with his 31st home run. Branyan extended his career high in homers and ended an 0-for-13 skid since he last home run on Saturday in Cleveland.
NOTES: Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu had hoped to have Suzuki back Wednesday, but now says it could be late in the week. … A’s 3B Eric Chavez, who had season-ending surgery in June, is in Seattle getting his back treated and sat with his team in the dugout Monday. Manager Bob Geren said the six-time Gold Glover looks “really good” and strong and that he is planning to resume baseball activities in January, “if not before.”