Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/21/13
When a team such as the Giants is "dying for a win" as Marco Scutaro put it it cannot quibble about the method. When the Giants beat the Red Sox 3-2 at China Basin on Tuesday night on Scutaro's two-out bases-loaded walk in the ninth the crowd was silent because everyone thought the pitch was a strike. Scutaro did not immediately jog to first. Roger Kieschnick was just as unsure about trotting home. Inside the Giants were hollering for joy winning after they got blown out 7-0 in the series opener and had an almost unfathomable stretch of clutch-hitting failures in the second game's middle innings. "It's nice to win one like that because we've been on the other side of those" said Ryan Vogelsong who had his best start since his return (seven innings two runs). "When you play a tough game like that and things aren't going your way and you bust your butt for three hours it's good to come out on the winning end." Vogelsong outpitched Jake Peavy in every facet except runs allowed but the Giants should have gotten Peavy for more than one. In the fourth fifth and sixth innings respectively big hits put runners at third third and second respectively with nobody out and the Giants stranded all three. Brandon Belt tripled in the fourth and doubled in the sixth. Joaquin Arias tripled in the fifth. At least Arias produced a run before he was stranded with Kieschnick scoring after the second of his three singles. When Scutaro was called out on a chopper to short that ended the fifth he slammed his helmet in frustration at the weak swing. But Scutaro atoned. He singled and scored the tying run in the eighth on Buster Posey's long sacrifice fly to foul territory in the right-field corner. In the ninth Scutaro watched as the Giants loaded the bases on Kieschnick's third hit a walk to Andres Torres and a Franklin Morales fastball that hit Hector Sanchez on the arm. Batting coach Hensley Meulens told Scutaro that new pitcher Brayan Villarreal has been crazy wild so Scutaro went to the plate with the bat glued to his shoulder. The first three pitches were not close. Ball four was but home-plate ump Mike Everitt who had the only vote said "game over."
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