15 Apr 14

Hector Sanchez singled Brandon Crawford home in the bottom of the twelfth to bring a long game to a happy close for the Giants, 3-2. Crawford had singled his way to the bases taking second on a groundout. Brandon League’s wild pitch urged Crawford to third, setting the stage for  Sanchez’ two-out single that presaged the melee at home when Crawford brought home the winning run.

The Dodgers’ hope of a win on Jackie Robinson Day were thus peremptorily dashed. Looking back never helps winning now. The Giants may have looked back when Juan Uribe smashed a solo home run in the top of the second sending it over the Toyota sign in left-center. The ex-Giants’ player in this fashion brought Spy Wednesday to mind, for when the game concluded indeed it was the day after Robinson Day.

Uribe’s homer was the only run permitted by Tim Lincecum who started and went five full innings striking out five and suffering 93 pitches. Yusmeiro Petit was around for the victory, improving and evening his record at 1. Josh Beckett took the mound for the Dodgers, similarly pitching five full innings but surrendering no runs and striking out 4 in 90 pitches.

The game lasted 4 hours and 54 minutes stretching past midnight, opening the door for the Dodgers to claim that they did not lose on Robinson’s Day.

The national anthem, sung by the St Ignatius College Prep Chamber Singers, was proudly presented on the radio by the San Francisco Fire Credit Union serving firefighters and those who support them.