At 5 hours, 34 minutes, the San Francisco Giants’ series opener against the Miami Marlins resembled a plodding, yet exciting, marathon.
After 14 innings without manager Bruce Bochy, who was in the hospital after falling ill on Monday, it would be difficult to say the Giants didn’t earn their 8-7 victory on the road.
In a game that featured two of the best starting pitchers in the National League — Johnny Cueto and Jose Fernandez — it was shortstop Brandon Crawford who stole the show by breaking out of a weeks-long funk with a 7-for-8 night at the plate, including the game-winning RBI. Bench coach Ron Wotus, standing in for Bochy, told reporters after the game that the seven-hit night was a record for the franchise.
Cueto struggled again in the contest, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk over just five innings pitched.
But the Giants offense fought back in the top of the seventh to erase a 5-1 deficit: Denard Span, Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Crawford all hit safely in the frame.
A scary moment for fans happened in the inning, though, when Posey went first-to-third and faceplanted while diving into the base. The catcher emerged with an abrasion on his face and after the game, Wotus said Posey jammed his finger during the play and will be “fine.” (His face beat the throw to the bag.)
Recently acquired pitcher Will Smith came out of the bullpen in the bottom half and surrendered a pair of runs. Crawford singled in the eighth to tie the score.
In total, the Giants used eight pitchers and the Marlins saw nine toe the rubber.