Giants lose game — and Posey — in extra innings
Scott Cousins scored the winning run in a brutal collision with catcher Buster Posey at home in the 12th inning, and the Florida Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Wednesday night at AT&T Park.
Emilio Bonifacio hit a short fly ball to right-center off Guillermo Mota (2-1) for the second out. Cousins tagged from third base, beating the throw from Nate Schierholtz and lowering his shoulder to slam into Posey for a clean — albeit cringing — hit on the reigning NL Rookie of the Year.
Posey lay dazed, writhing in pain and curling up in a ball for several minutes as the home crowd fell silent. He was helped off the field by two team trainers holding his left leg and looking stunned.
All this after the Giants batted around in the ninth to score four runs and force extra innings. Ryan Webb (1-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
The Giants, who learned they will be without speedster Darren Ford for at least five days due to an ankle sprain, also lost shortstop Mike Fontenot to a mild groin injury earlier in the game. Both men are listed as day-to-day.
This was perhaps the wildest night in a young season already full of them for San Francisco.
Aubrey Huff followed with a two-run single to make it 6-all, handing Nunez his first blown save in 19 chances. A good number of fans had left when Mike Stanton‘s bases-clearing double in the ninth gave the Marlins a four-run lead, and the ones who stayed received quite a show.
Even for San Francisco, this was a stunner.
The Marlins had peppered starter Madison Bumgarner with five hits in their first six at-bats, getting an RBI single from Gaby Sanchez and a run-scoring double from Stanton to go ahead 2-0. Bumgarner wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam by getting Wes Helms to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Huff struck out swinging with two outs in the third, and Sanchez got caught in a rundown between first and second. Torres broke for home, and shortstop Hanley Ramirez threw to the plate a little late and high, allowing Torres to slide in under the tag for his fifth stolen base this season, pulling the Giants even at two runs apiece.
Ramirez rebounded with a spectacular play, diving to his left to snag Posey’s grounder, then throwing him out at first from his knees as he fell backward. Ramirez drove in Chris Coghlan with a grounder to short in the fifth to give Florida a 3-2 lead.
Stanton appeared to give Florida all the cushion it would need with a bases-loaded, two-out double to left-center off Javier Lopez to put the Marlina ahead 6-2. Those runs at least gave Florida another opportunity in extra innings after Nunez blew the save, spoiling a sharp outing by starter Chris Volstad.
Volstad pitched six innings, allowing two runs and six hits. Bumgarner allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
- Posey was 1-for-5 to extend his season-high hitting streak to 13 games.
- The Giants announced a crowd of 41,037 Wednesday, their 20th sellout of the season in 20 home games and their 30th straight game at AT&T Park dating back to last season.
|Final score:||FLA 7, SF 6 (12 innings) [view box score] [video highlights]|
|Winning pitcher:||Webb (1-3)|
|Losing pitcher:||Mota (2-1)|
|Game ball:||F. Sanchez (4-for-6, 2B, R)|
|Top play:||Cousins’ dramatic play at the plate with Posey [watch video]|
|Giants’ record:||27-21, 1st place, 3.0 games ahead [full standings]|
|Next up:||FLA at SF, Thursday, 12:45 p.m. PDT [download press pass]|
|TV/Radio/Web:||CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM, sfgiants.com|
|Starters:||Ryan Vogelsong (3-0, 1.93) vs. Anibal Sanchez (3-1, 3.02)|