Giants observations: David Villar delivers walk-off in final 2022 home game

What we learned as Giants walk off in final 2022 home game originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO -- A year after beating them 17 times in 19 meetings, the Giants lost the season series to the up-and-coming Arizona Diamondbacks. But they at least finished on a high note.

David Villar's walk-off single gave the Giants a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks in 10 innings Sunday on what had otherwise been a quiet day for the lineup.

The final game of the season at Oracle Park was close throughout and went into extra innings. The Diamondbacks got a free runner on second and brought him home, but Jharel Cotton stranded two runners in scoring position after a misplay from Evan Longoria at third.

Mike Yastrzemski was placed on second to start the bottom of the 10th and Wilmer Flores added pressure with a leadoff walk. After J.D. Davis reached on an infield single, Villar poked a single into left. Yastrzemski scored easily and Flores was safe when a good throw home was dropped.

The Giants will not have a chance to play spoiler in San Diego, as the Padres clinched a playoff spot Sunday, but they can still finish at or above .500. With Sunday's win, they're 80-79 heading into their final series.

Here are the takeaways from the Giants' thrilling win:

Problem Solved

With Logan Webb shut down for the year, the Giants turned to a bullpen game on Sunday, and it leaned heavily to the left because the Diamondbacks have so many left-handed hitters.

Scott Alexander got the start and was followed by Thomas Szapucki and Alex Young. They combined to allow one run in 4 2/3 innings, continuing a very strong stretch for that part of the bullpen.

Left-handed relief was one of the biggest holes on the roster before the trade deadline and the Giants patched it up with three players who weren't on the roster to start the year. Alexander has been particularly effective, and he lowered his ERA to 1.04 with a scoreless first. Szapucki is at 1.98 since being traded over as part of the Darin Ruf deal. Young is at 2.55 in 23 appearances for the Giants.

Later Slater

A slow-paced game was tied at one until the seventh, when Austin Slater hit for LaMonte Wade Jr. and hit a loud solo shot to left-center. The homer was Slater's first since June 23, a span of nearly 200 plate appearances. It was just the fifth pinch-hit homer of the season for the Giants, who set an MLB record last year with 18 of them.

The lead didn't last long. John Brebbia came on for the eighth and gave up a run when Josh Rojas roped a double into the right field corner and speedy outfielder Jake McCarthy scored from first.

Where'd They Go

The Giants drew 34,824 fans to the final home game of the year, finishing 2022 with 2,482,686 through the gates. Excluding the shortened 2020 season and 2021 (when there were restrictions early on), this is the first time since Oracle Park opened that the Giants will finish with fewer than 2.5 million fans.

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They still will finish in the top half of the Majors, but they're a far cry from the years of sellouts, or even 2019, when they passed 2.7 million. They will finish more than a million fans behind the Dodgers and about half a million behind the Padres. There are a lot of changes that need to be made over the offseason.