Brandon Belt’s 18th inning home run helped give the San Francisco Giants a 2-1 victory in the longest game in playoff history. The Washington Nationals were one out away from the shutout and evening up the series. Instead they head to San Francisco facing elimination in game three.
The Giants pitching staff held the Nationals scoreless for 15 innings, giving Belt the opportunity for his late-inning heroics. The Nationals Jordan Zimmerman followed up hi no-hitter with another gem. 8 2/3 innings of three hit baseball was overshadowed by a walk–one out away from closing it out–then yielding to reliever Drew Storen.
Storen surrendered a single to Buster Posey, then a slicing double to Pablo Sandoval. Joe Panik would score to tie, and Posey tried to hustle home for the go-ahead score. Posey was called out, but Giants skipper Bruce Bochy called for a review. The delay of the review only added to the drama, but Posey was called out as there was no evidence to overturn the call.
The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to be headed for another heartbreaking loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Kemp would have no part of that.
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Kemp’s go-ahead blast in the eight helped even the series against the Cardinals. Zack Greinke did more than his part, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball., while collecting two hits as well.
A fired up Kenley Jansen came in and sent down the Cardinals in order in the ninth, striking out two.
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