Game 56: Bucs Rally to No Avail

Delwyn Young popped a two out, two run homer in the 9th inning to tie the game. But the Pirates lost in 10. Neither Tim Lincecum or Ross Ohlendorf figured into the decision.

The Giants used 8 hits, three walks and three steals to score runs in three separate innings off of an inefficient Ohlendorf. He needed 110 pitches to go six innings. 62 of his tosses were for strikes.

The Pirates kept it close against Lincecum despite having only a handful of hits. Neil Walker drew a walk in front of a Garret Jones homer in the fourth. Another BB from Walker in the sixth aided the Pirates as he scored on a single from Lastings Milledge to tie the score at three.

In the 8th, Freddy Sanchez whiffed with the bases loaded off Brendan Donnelley. It got interesting in the 9th. Javier Lopez relieved and allowed Pablo Sandoval to reach on his own miscue. Sandoval moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a double from Juan Uribe. After a pair of walks, a sac fly from Pat Burrell scored Uribe. Travis Ishikawa was retired by Evan Meek to end the threat.

The Pirates struck back off of Brian Wilson. Ronny Cedeno singled with two outs before Young’s homer tied it up.

The euphoria was short lived. Andres Torres doubled leading off the 10th against Octavio Dotel. He moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly from Sanchez who had failed in the 8th. The Pirates threatened Wilson in the 10th. Doumit singled and Jones walked with one out. Santiago Casilla was summoned to quell the fire and he retired Lastings Milledge and Jeff Clement to end the game.

The Good
The comeback.

Jones had a double, a homer and two walks.

The Bad
All the extra bases handed out. SF got five non-intentional BBs, an HBP, two wild pitches and five steals.

The Rest
Cedeno was in the middle of an 0-20 streak when he singled.

Walker was hitless but scored both times he walked.

Ohlendorf had never faced the Giants before. Lincecum was 1-1 coming into the game. He allowed just one earned run in 16 IP agaisnt Pittsburgh in 2009.

Jones has as many dingers in June as he had in May.

Andy LaRoche was hitless. Since his BA was resting at .400 back in late April, he has hit .180 (20-111).

Analysis
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