Casali does it again, lifting the Giants to a 6-5 victory over the A’s in the tenth inning.
The Giants won the first game of the Bay Bridge Series 2-0 on Friday, and have won or split their last ten series dating back to May 25, tying the Yankees for the longest such streak in the majors this season.
The San Francisco Giants are the first club in the majors to reach 50 victories, and backup catcher Curt Casali has played a key role in that accomplishment.
On Saturday night, the brilliant fill-in did it again with his bat, hitting a game-winning double in the 10th inning to help the Giants defeat the Oakland Athletics 6-5.
Casali took over at the plate for struggling standout Buster Posey for the second day in a row.
Manager Gabe Kapler said, “He takes a lot of satisfaction in the kind of serving his club, serving the pitcher, serving Buster, serving all of us.” “Pretty selfless person.”
After saving a run with a beautiful throw home minutes earlier, Matt Chapman hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the inning, but Steven Duggar immediately knotted it with a single in the bottom half against Burch Smith (1-1). To close the 4-hour, 5-minute game, Duggar scored from first on Casali’s hit that bounced to the far corner in left.
The Giants won the first game of the Bay Bridge Series 2-0 on Friday, and have won or split their past ten series dating back to May 25, tying the Yankees for the longest such streak in the majors years.
Alex Wood, the pitcher, exclaimed, “Awesome!” “Watching our lineup every night is just unbelievable if you love baseball and are even a casual fan.”
Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run. LaMonte Wade Jr. hit sharply to left with two outs in the ninth, but Chapman’s relay threw him out at home.
Jake McGee, the eventual champion, was the target of Chapman’s fly (3-2).
“It’s absolutely a bummer to lose that game. Given the circumstances, it’s been a fun two games. It’s exciting to play in front of a large crowd, and I know how enthusiastic the Bay Area is about this series,” Chapman said. “There’s a reason we’re facing a club with the greatest record in baseball.”
AN INSPIRING FINAL AT-BAT
Before Oakland completed warmup work, A’s third-base coach Mark Kotsay cast a glance toward the batter’s box and recalled his last professional at-bat with the Padres in 2013. He struck out against former A’s teammate Barry Zito, who went on to play for the Giants before retiring after that season.
At one point, Kotsay turned to face the pitcher and said, “‘Really, it’s my last at-bat,’ he added, but 35,000 people were on their feet,” Kotsay claimed. “I can’t think of somebody I’d prefer to punch out to put an end to my career.”