Wil Myers has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball as of late, with a 12 game hitting streak that was snapped last night. However, he got himself right back on track, picking up the Rays when they desperately needed a big hit tonight.
David price and San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum engaged in a great pitcher’s duel, as neither team generated much offense. The Giants struck first in the top of the third, when Jeff Francoeur singled, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on Brandon Crawford‘s base hit. Tampa came right back in the bottom of the inning, when Jose Molina led off the inning with a walk, took second on a wild pitch, and moved to third on an infield single by Kelly Johnson. After an out, Ben Zobrist grounded into a fielder’s choice, plating Molina and tying the game.
Each team had their chances to pull ahead. The Giants had runners on second and third with two outs, but Price struck out Crawford on three pitches to end that threat. Then it was the Rays turn, as they put runners on first and second in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to get that key hit to take the lead.
Price had an excellent performance, departing as the game went into extra innings. In his nine innings, he allowed only the one run on five hits, striking out five without issuing a walk. Price continued to throw strikes, as 76 of his 105 pitches were in the zone.
Fernando Rodney came in for the tenth, and ran immediately ran into trouble. Hunter Pence led off with a double, but was erased on a fielder’s choice as Rodney was able to nail Pence on his way to third for the second out of the inning. An infield hit put runners on second and third, but Rodney was able to strike out Crawford to end the threat.
The Rays came to life in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with three consecutive walks against reliever Jean Machi. Myers stepped to the plate, and delivered the clutch hit that the Rays had been looking for all game, a single to deep left to plate Desmond Jennings with the winning run. Rodney picked up the win, giving up two hits and striking out two in his inning of work.
Myers was 2-5 with the game winning RBI in the victory.