PHOENIX – After the Giants welcomed Tommy La Stella and Brandon Belt back to the team, the Giants presented one of their lowest lineups of the season on Thursday afternoon at Chase Field. It took a while, but the offense finally got a chance to show what it is capable of when operating at almost full strength.
Shut down by the first eight innings of D-Back’s right-handed Merrill Kelly, the Giants came alive in the top of the ninth to make up a four-run deficit and rally for a dramatic 5-4 win in 10 innings.
The Giants were trailing 4-0 after a tough start from left-handed Alex Wood, but found new life in the ninth game against Arizona’s Bullpen. Kris Bryant doubled up and Alex Dickerson singled out Taylor Clarke to bring no-outs runners into corners, and Brandon Crawford followed up with an RBI double from the right midfield wall to bring the deficit down to 4-1.
Clarke left without taking an out and was replaced by Tyler Clippard, who then met Donovan Solano to load the bases. Belt, activated by the injury list on Thursday, got the Giants right within two with an RBI single, but Clippard knocked out Buster Posey and pulled Wilmer Flores back on a flyout to kill LaMonte Wade Jr.
Wade fell back, 0-2, but he struggled back to make a full count and then ended the eight-pitch at-bat by making a move to right field for a two-run game-binding Single put up.
Tyler Rogers crossed through a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to force additional innings, which gave the Giants a chance to crown their comeback in the 10th. Bryant led the inning by smoking a double on the left field line to knock in his former Cubs teammate La Stella and give the Giants a 5-4 lead.