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This game, also known as "The Darren Ford Game," was a game decided on the basepaths.
Despite a quality performance by Matt Cain, the Pirates carried a 2-1 lead going into the eighth inning. The Giants had managed just four hits so far and failed to stage any sort of rally against Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Facing Pirates reliever Evan Meek in the eighth, Aaron Rowand popped a single into left field. Bochy, loading "the Bullet" into the chamber, sent Darren Ford to first to pinch run for Rowand and, after a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Freddy Sanchez, Ford advanced to third base, still with no out.
After Aubrey Huff failed to get Ford home, Buster Posey connected on a deep fly to left field, scoring Ford on a sacrifice fly.
Advance another two innings, after Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo combine to shut down the Pirates in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings.
In the top of the 10th inning, Nate Schierholtz doubled, only to be thrown out at third base after a failed Ford bunt. Pirates reliever Joel Hanrahan, aware of Ford's speed and baserunning ability, clearly worried that Ford would take off, and threw pickoff throw after pickoff throw to first, trying to catch Ford sleeping.
That ended up being his downfall; he threw the ball past the first baseman, letting the speedy Ford motor all the way around to third base. The next play ended up being one of the most amazing plays of the year.
Freddy Sanchez hit a weak ground ball to the second baseman, who turned and lobbed a weak throw to first. Ford, seeing the weak, slow throw, took off for home, barely sliding past the catcher to score the game-winning run a split-second before the throw arrived.