Washington Nationals vs. SF Giants: Strasburg-Cain Live Score, Analysis
The first two innings weren't pretty, but both Matt Cain and Stephen Strasburg turned in seven-inning gems on Tuesday night.
It was Strasburg's second consecutive game pitching at least seven innings and allowing just one earned run. It was Cain's third start in four tries with at least seven innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed. Both guys registered seven strikeouts.
However, after a blown save by Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth inning courtesy of a Gregor Blanco triple, neither pitcher factored into the decision. We were tied at 2-2 in the 10th until Pablo Sandoval simply murdered a ball to right-center field to give the Giants a 4-2 win.
For more of a play-by-play recap, be sure to read the live blog below that ran from the opening pitch.
SCORE UPDATE: Nationals 2 - 4 Giants (F/10)
So much for that 14 inning conundrum. The Kung Fu Panda sends everyone home with a mammoth home run to right-center field. That thing might have gone 450 feet.
Quite the finish to a great game. Thanks for reading along. Let's do it again sometime.
I really don't know how we've made it 10 innings without anyone getting thrown out of the game for arguing with home plate ump Bruce Dreckman. He is all over the place.
Denard spans the outfield and makes a tough play look relatively effortless for the first out.
Yunesky Maya enters a Major League game for the first time since September 27, 2011.
Harper now 0-for-2 with two groundouts, a walk, and two sacrifice bunts. Weird night.
Onto the bottom of the 10th with the top of the Giants lineup coming up.
If this game does go 14 innings, you have to wonder what the Nationals will do with their pitching staff. They've already burned Clippard and Soriano, while Stammen and Rodriguez both threw nearly 50 pitches yesterday. That leaves Maya and Storen as the only available arms down in the pen, and one of them has to come in next inning.
Shame they don't still have Rick Ankiel on the roster.
That ball sounded good off the bat, but it's an easy flyout to center field.
Extra innings, here we come. Should I make another cup of coffee?
Brett Pill steps into the batter's box with the game on the line and six at-bats on the season.
That's Soriano's second blown save in as many chances. It would appear the baseball gods have grown tired of the untuck routine.
14 innings. I'm telling you. Blanco ties it up with a triple over Harper's head.
Look on the bright side, Nats fans: at least Harper didn't crash into the wall.
Juuuuuuuust a bit outside.
Couple of shallow flyouts by Pence and Belt bring both the potential winning run and the potential final out to the plate in the form of Gregor Blanco.
Dreckman literally has no idea what a strike zone is. Can't imagine either fan base is pleased with his calls tonight.
Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have the widest "strike zone" in the game today. Sandoval fouled off a pitch in the dirt earlier, and Pence just swung at three pitches above his eyes, and nearly homered on the third one.
Posey singles off of Soriano to lead off the 9th.
Bochy elects to pinch run for Posey. He clearly didn't get the memo that this game is going 14 innings.
Career vs. Soriano:
Buster Posey: no at-bats
Hunter Pence: 1-for-3 with a single
Brandon Belt: no at-bats
Your guess is as good as mine.
If you're a Giants' fan, put on your rally cap.
If you're a Nationals' fan, tuck your shirt in.
Washington heads to the bottom of the 9th with a one-run lead.
Two feeble groundouts to second base to start the 9th inning by Espinosa and Bernadina.
At least they didn't whiff?
In case you're interested, Mike Trout just hit for the cycle.
And Bryce Harper has two sacrifice bunts.
A historic night indeed.
Kung Fu Panda better be careful hitting himself in the head with the bat. Brian Roberts did that a few years ago and went on the disabled list with a concussion.
And given Sandoval's history of missing time with broken hammate bones, he probably shouldn't risk stupid injuries.
In other news, he grounds out to second base, postponing the tie game until the 9th inning. We head to the (potentially) final frame with the same score that we started the third.
Marco Scutaro's hit streak refuses to die. It's at 19 games.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 22, 2013
Huge double for multiple reasons.
Marco Scutaro laces a double to the warning track in left field. Looked like a home run off the bat.
Danger time for the Nats with Sandoval at the plate and Posey on deck.
By the way, I personally guarantee this game is going into extra innings, and several of them. Because I have to be awake in seven hours.
Clippard blows a fastball by Nick Noonan for strike three.
Sergio Romo warming up in the Giants bullpen. Whether they tie the game up or not, you have to assume the ninth inning is his. Romo has only pitched two-thirds of an inning since May 12.
Final line on each pitcher:
Matt Cain: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Stephen Strasburg: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined those lines five innings ago. We were treated to quite a gem in those middle innings.
Swinging bunt yields a close play, but Desmond thrown out to end the inning to keep the score at 2-1.
Tyler Clippard coming in for the Nationals.
Can't argue with what ended up being the actual third strike. Great pitch there by Lopez to send LaRoche back to the dugout with a backwards K.
Jean Machi coming in to face Ian Desmond. They'll presumably be careful with him, with second base open and Daniel K. Espinosa on deck.
Yes, I know his middle name is Richard, but let's just give him a fake middle initial. If it was good enough for Harry S. Truman, it's good enough for Daniel K. Espinosa.
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