Saturday, November 14, 2015

John bracket: Giants (09) defeat Angels (09) in six games

Game One: 09 Giants 6, 09 Angels 4
WP: Lincecum (5-0)
LP: Bulger (0-1)
Save: B. Wilson (8)

Game Two: 09 Angels 5, 09 Giants 1
WP: E Santana (2-0)
LP: Cain (2-2)

Game Three: 09 Giants 5, 09 Angels 2
WP: Zito (3-1)
LP: Saunders (2-2)
Save: B Wilson (9)

Game Four: 09 Angels 8, 09 Giants 3
WP: Lackey (2-1)
LP: J Sanchez (1-1)
HR: Ju Uribe (6), J Rivera (2)

Game Five: 09 Giants 7, 09 Angels 4
WP: Lincecum (6-0)
LP: Jer Weaver (2-4)
Save: B Wilson (10)
HR: Morales (3), Rowand (4)

Game Six: 09 Giants 6, 09 Angels 3
WP: Medders (4-0)
LP: D Oliver (3-1)
Save: Romo (1)

The two teams combined for 54 runs in the six games but only four homers in a series marked by sequential offense.

It opened in San Francisco's AT&T Park, where the Giants broke out early with two runs in the first inning. Fred Lewis singled, and Freddie Sanchez' hit-and-run single moved him to third. Jered Weaver wild-pitched Lewis home, and Pedro Sandoval doubled Sanchez home. The Giants made it 3-0 in the third, when Aaron Rowand walked with two outs and Juan Uribe doubled him home. But the Angels strung together a walk, three singles and a sac fly in the fourth to tie it, with Juan Rivera gathering two RBIs. The teams traded runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Giants took the lead for good in the eighth, stringing together three walks and two singles.

Ervin Santana shined in Game Two, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings for the Angels. He walked one, hit one and struck out three, and drove in two runs himself with doubles in the second and fourth inning off Matt Cain. Howie Kendrick scored three runs and went 3-for-4.

The series moved to Anaheim, and Barry Zito was "effectively wild" for the Giants in Game Three. The lefty walked seven in six-plus innings. The Angels loaded the bases with no outs in the second and did not score; they loaded the bases with no outs again in the third and got just one run out of it on a double play. Zito allowed two runs on four hits. Meanwhile, his teammates scored twice in the second and three times in the third off Joe Saunders; the third inning rally featured five consecutive singles, by Sanchez, Sandoval, Uribe, Nate Schierholtz and Beng Molina.

Rivera's grand slam in the fourth inning of Game Four powered the Angels to the win and evened the series once more. Jonathan Sanchez allowed eight runs in four innings on just five hits; he walked six and allowed four steals. Kendrys Morales drove in three runs while scoring twice. John Lackey scattered eight hits in seven innings. In a significant injury, Torii Hunter was lost for the rest of the series during the big fourth inning rally.

Game Five was a see-saw affair early. The Giants scored twice in the first inning, getting doubles from Lewis and Uribe. Morales homered in the second for the Angels. and Gary Matthews Jr., subbing for Hunter, doubled in two more to give the Angels the lead. The Giants took advantage of a two-out error by Erick Aybar to score twice in the fourth, but Howie Kendrick tripled home Mike Napoli in the bottom of the inning to tie it. But Tim Lincecum stiffened after that -- he allowed just one more hit in the next four innings -- and the Giants scored twice in the fifth on a Uribe single, Eugenio Velez triple and Randy Winn double, and tacked on another run in the sixth on Rowand's solo homer.

The series returned to San Francisco, and the Giants scored single runs in the first and second innings to stake Cain to a 2-0 lead, which he held into the seventh. With one out, Aybar tripled, and Napoli and Matthews singled. Bob Howry relieved to get pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero to pop up, but Chone Figgins and Abreu singled to give the Angels a 3-2 lead. Darren Oliver threw a scoreless seventh for the Angels and got the first two outs of the eighth. But then Travis Ishikawa doubled, and Molina singled him home for the tie. Oliver wild-pitched the plodding Molina to second, and Rowand double him home. Figgins booted Winn's grounder to keep the inning alive, and Schierholtz doubled Rowand and Winn in. Sergio Romo got three outfield flies in the ninth for the save and the series win.

Player of the series: Juan Uribe led the Giants in runs (five), RBIs (seven), hits (eight) and walks (four) while tying for the team lead in doubles (two) and homers (one).

Player availability: Cain can pitch Game Two with the penalty. Or Zito can pitch on full rest.

Projected rotation: Lincecum-Cain-Zito-J Sanchez-(Lincecum)-(Cain)-(Zito)

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