Rowand, Posey rally Giants past Nationals 10-5
A night after Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg(notes) shut down the Giants, Posey hit a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh inning and added a two-run homer that withstood a video review to lead San Francisco to a 10-5 victory over Washington on Saturday night.
Brought in to protect a 5-4 lead in the seventh, Tyler Clippard(notes) (8-6) allowed Aaron Rowand’s(notes) one-out homer to left on a 3-2 changeup. Freddy Sanchez(notes) and Aubrey Huff(notes) walked, and both were running when Posey sent a single through the hole between first and second to put the Giants ahead.
“Full count, I was just battling,” said Posey, who had his second career four-hit game in four nights. “I knew from watching some previous at-bats, (Clippard) had a lot of confidence in his changeup, and I knew if I was going to get beat, I didn’t want to get beat with the changeup.”
Clippard has been a dependable setup man, and leads the Nationals’ pitching staff in victories, but is 0-3 with 11 runs allowed in his last 6 1-3 innings over seven appearances.
“Tyler’s just struggling. … He’s gotten hurt a little bit with his changeup,” Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s got a great changeup, but word gets around the league a little bit and every now and then maybe a hitter’s looking for it.”
In the ninth, Posey hit a drive to right-center off Miguel Batista(notes) that was bobbled and caught by a fan in the first row wearing a Giants cap. The fan appeared to reach over the railing, but the umpires used a three-minute review to uphold the call.
“It wasn’t a great feeling,” Posey said of the brief stoppage. “I really didn’t want to go out there to second base, so I was glad it held up.”
It was Posey’s seventh homer since being recalled from Triple-A Fresno on May 29—and his sixth in 10 days. In July, the 23-year-old is hitting .514 and has 13 RBIs.
“I try not to have too many expectations,” he said. “I try to set myself a goal, whether it’s for a year or a week or a day—just go out and play as hard as I can and the results take care of themselves.”
From behind the plate, Posey also made two key defensive plays in the sixth to short-circuit a Washington rally. He threw out pinch-runner Roger Bernadina(notes) at third as he tried to advance on Ian Desmond’s(notes) attempted sacrifice and later nabbed Desmond trying to steal third.
“Big play. We were in a bit of a jam there and (Posey) made a great throw to third (on the bunt),” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He batted well with runners in motion, he found a hole. And at the end, those were big runs to tack on.”
On the one-year anniversary of his no-hitter against San Diego, Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez(notes) lasted only 3 2-3 innings, yielding five hits and five runs. He walked two and struck out six in his shortest outing of the year.
Uribe also had three RBIs for San Francisco, which has won six of eight games.
Sanchez’s wildness spotted the Nationals a 2-0 first-inning lead. Justin Maxwell(notes) and Cristian Guzman(notes) drew walks before an RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman(notes). Sanchez’s wild pitch scored Guzman.
Sanchez helped himself out with a two-run single off Craig Stammen(notes) that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead in the second. With runners on first and second, Nate Schierholtz(notes) doubled into the right-field corner, scoring a run, and Sanchez followed with a single to center.
Washington chased Sanchez in a two-run fourth. John Willingham legged out an infield single and scored on a double to left by Ivan Rodriguez(notes). With two down, Stammen’s ground-rule double made it 5-3 and Sanchez was pulled.
Stammen departed in the sixth after Uribe’s sacrifice fly got San Francisco to 5-4. The right-hander yielded four runs and six hits.
NOTES: Washington ended a franchise record streak by not allowing a first-inning run for the first time in 10 games. … Maxwell was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse before the game. … Uribe (sprained left ring finger) returned to the Giants lineup after missing four games, but OF Andres Torres(notes) (left groin tightness) sat out. … Nationals C Jesus Flores(notes), who has been on the disabled list all season while rehabilitating a right shoulder injury, has been shut down until after the All-Star break because he is experiencing pain, said general manager Mike Rizzo.