Logan Webb, who had never before pitched a complete game, allowed a couple of solo shots early, but held Philadelphia scoreless after the fourth. He settled in and was cruising. Webb had a perfect eighth inning on just eight pitches. He had thrown 98 pitches through eight in a 2 – 2 tie, when from the dugout he watched veteran Evan Longoria smash his fifth home run in five games in the top of the ninth to take the lead. Giants 3, Phillies 2.
Webb urged the current National League Manager of the Year to let him go back out to close the game in the bottom of the ninth and get the win. Gabe Kapler let him. So Webb took a three-hitter into the ninth with 10 strikeouts and no walks and a one-run lead.
Webb’s 100th pitch, the second of the bottom of the ninth inning, was smoked to dead-center for a game-tying leadoff home run by Kyle Schwarber. “I wanted it and I was pretty comfortable out there,” Webb said. “I felt like it was my game.” Instead, it was the cruel poetry of baseball and the power of Kyle from Waltham.
Giants 3 – Phillies 3. Bottom ninth, nobody out.
Kap handed the ball over to Dominic Leone who pitched a nervy, scoreless ninth. He had to face Jean Segura, from whom he induced a grounder to third; Bryce Harper, whom he struck out; and then Nick Castellanos, who singled to right. It was a great job under pressure by Dom, but it was Curt Casali who took the game to extras and won it.
The Phillies pinch-ran Roman Quinn for Castellanos and, on a 1 -1 cutter, Quinn took off to steal second. Casali caught the strike, leapt up and gunned down Quinn to end the inning. Then Casali smashed a two-run homer in the extra top half and brought home the zombie runner to make it 5 – 3. Camilo Doval’s close-out bottom of the tenth was another solid effort in support of Logan Webb.
Giants 5, Phillies 4/ 10 innings
Eight of the nine runs scored were homers. This was a great road win, a team win by the Giants. Logan Webb didn’t get the win, but importantly he didn’t take a loss. poetry.
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