Giants 4, Tigers 3
Brian Wilson stepped into the dugout, picked up a water cooler
and heaved it against the bench. Then he grabbed a bat, trotted
back over and gave the cooler a hefty slug.
Nothing is coming easy for the San Francisco Giants right now –
even when they win.
The Giants finally caught a break after Wilson’s ninth-inning
meltdown Friday night. Detroit’s Brennan Boesch lined into a double
play with the bases loaded, and San Francisco held on for a 4-3
victory over the Tigers.
”Give yourself 30 seconds to completely lose it, then come back
and be a part of the team,” Wilson said.
Wilson blew a save opportunity for the second straight day –
this time when he allowed Magglio Ordonez’s RBI single in the
eighth inning. San Francisco then scored three runs in the top of
the ninth to go ahead 4-1, but Wilson (6-1) couldn’t close it out.
He had to be pulled with one out, the bases loaded and a run
That’s when he took a bat and went raging across the dugout.
After disposing of the timber, the right-hander appeared to hit a
box with his throwing hand, but he said afterward it was fine.
”It’s not that enjoyable to go out there and give up two
runs,” Wilson said.
The Giants were coming off back-to-back losses to the Cubs –
both in Chicago’s last at-bat – and they almost dropped this one,
Jeremy Affeldt replaced Wilson, and Detroit pulled within one
when second baseman Emmanuel Burriss muffed a slow grounder for an
error. Boesch was up next and made solid contact, but hit the ball
to right to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who caught the line drive
and quickly stepped on second to double off Brandon Inge, ending
It was Affeldt’s third save of the season.
”I threw a curve that didn’t go where I wanted, but he hit it
off the end of the bat,” Affeldt said. ”I was like, ‘Please no
… oh, yes.”’
The Tigers dropped a half-game behind first-place Cleveland in
the AL Central.
Madison Bumgarner allowed a run and five hits over 7 1-3
outstanding innings for San Francisco. He struck out nine and
Bumgarner departed following a walk by Inge. Sergio Romo came on
and got the second out of the inning, but Javier Lopez then took
the mound and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Boesch.
Wilson was next out of the bullpen, and Ordonez greeted him with
a single to right to make it 1-1.
It didn’t stay tied for long. Chris Stewart led off the ninth
with a double, and Aaron Rowand followed with a single, reaching
base as part of his broken bat went flying over the third-base
One out later, Pablo Sandoval hit a ground-rule double to
left-center to make it 2-1. The Giants added two more runs when
Jose Valverde (2-3) and Brayan Villarreal issued bases-loaded
Rowand had three hits.
”We’ve had two similar losses in a row, so this would have been
really tough,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”Proud of the
guys. They came through in the ninth and put up a crooked number
when we haven’t been cashing those in.”
Detroit’s Brad Penny allowed a run and seven hits in seven
innings. He struck out two and walked two.
The Giants threatened early, putting runners at first and third
with nobody out in the first. Penny got out of the jam thanks to a
fantastic play by left fielder Casper Wells. Sandoval lifted a foul
ball toward the seats, and Wells not only caught it amid reaching
fans – but he also threw home to catch Rowand, who had tagged up at
”That was an extraordinary play,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland
Sandoval made the most of his next big opportunity. With Rowand
on second and two outs in the fifth, he sliced an 0-2 pitch to the
gap in left-center for an RBI double.
Bumgarner has been excellent since being knocked out in the
first inning of a June 21 start against Minnesota. In his two
outings since then, he’s allowed two runs in 14 1-3 innings, with
20 strikeouts and two walks.
Detroit’s Lester Oliveros made his major league debut in the
eighth, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk in an
inning. Oliveros was called up from the minors to replace Al
Alburquerque, who went on the disabled list with inflammation of
his right arm.
NOTES: Detroit 2B Carlos Guillen (left knee) is transferring
from Class-A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo as part of his
rehabilitation assignment. … San Francisco plans to start LHP
Barry Zito on three days’ rest Saturday, with RHP Ryan Vogelsong
taking the mound Sunday. Zito and Vogelsong both pitched in a
doubleheader Tuesday. … Victor Martinez has been with the Tigers
barely a half-season, and he’s already impressed Leyland. Martinez
has made the transition to designated hitter look easy. He’s
hitting .332. ”I can’t say enough about him,” Leyland said before
Friday’s game. ”He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever managed
or been around.”