Beede debuts and McCutchen walks off as Giants beat D-Backs
SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time in a week, Andrew McCutchen provided a walk-off win.
McCutchen came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and smacked a single into left-center. Kelby Tomlinson jogged home, giving the Giants a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
The Giants needed some voodoo to even get a tie game to the bottom of the ninth. Their first three runs did not come on base hits, and they took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when two runners took off, Evan Longoria struck out, and the throw to second went into center, allowing McCutchen to stroll home. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Hunter Strickland grooved a fastball and Paul Goldschmidt hit it to Scottsdale.
But a win is a win. Here’s what you need to know from a strange night…
Beede's mixed bag
Tyler Beede’s debut was a relatively short one because of a lack of command. In four innings, he gave up two earned on three hits and five walks. He struck out three. Of Beede’s 87 pitches, 45 were strikes and 42 were balls. His fastball topped out at 95 mph.
The Giants struck out seven times in the first three innings and twice more in the fifth. In the sixth, they got a reminder that good things happen when you swing the bat. Singles of 75 mph, 87 mph and 77 mph loaded the bases and Patrick Corbin walked McCutchen to bring the first Giants run across. Buster Posey’s sac fly to deep right tied the game. Hunter Pence’s sac fly gave the Giants a lead.
Runs in the sixth, but some woes
Wait, we’re not done talking about that sixth inning. Brandon Crawford singled to left with two on and two outs, but McCutchen was thrown out at the plate. So here’s the math. They got three hits with runners in scoring position in the sixth but didn’t score a run and made the third out. They also got two flyouts but scored two runs. This lineup is wild, man.
How the lead was lost
The lead was turned right over by Josh Osich, who allowed two doubles, one of which ticked off McCutchen’s glove. Cory Gearrin entered and kept the game tied. With a runner on third, Gearrin struck out A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings.
More from Moronta
Reyes Moronta did not figure in the decision, but his fingerprints were all over the ability to come back. Moronta took over for Beede and struck out three in two scoreless innings, settling the waters. He was temporarily in line for his first career win.