Walk-Off Homer Caps Giants' Sweep Of Indians
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[April 28, 2014]
SAN FRANCISCO —
Giants 4, Indians 1: Brandon Hicks
delivered a walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth inning as host San Francisco completed a three-game interleague
sweep of Cleveland.
Buster Posey singled to lead off the ninth off Cody Allen (2-1)
and pinch runner Ehire Adrianza moved to second on a sacrifice bunt
by Gregor Blanco. Allen briefly recovered to strike out Pablo
Sandoval before intentionally walking Brandon Crawford to get to
Hicks, who drove a high fastball into the left-field stands for his
second game-ending home run.
Sergio Romo (2-0) worked a perfect ninth to get the decision and
give the Giants a 3-0 mark in interleague play after going 6-14 last
season. Sandoval had two hits and scored for San Francisco, which
completed its first three-game interleague sweep since May 20-22,
2011, against the Oakland Athletics.
The Giants broke up the scoreless draw in the fourth when Sandoval
doubled with two outs and Crawford ripped the next pitch from Danny
Salazar down the right-field line for an RBI double. The game
remained unchanged until the eighth when reliever Santiago Casilla
needed only four pitches to ruin Ryan Vogelsong's strong start as he
left a 1-2 fastball over the plate for Yan Gomes, who sent it over
the fence in left-center.
Vogelsong rebounded from his shortest outing in 82 starts as a Giant
when he was pounded for five runs over 1 1/3 innings on Monday by
allowing only two hits and two walks while fanning a season-high six
over seven frames. Salazar was equally impressive over the same
number of innings, allowing a run on five hits while striking out
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GAME NOTEBOOK: The top third of the Indians' order (Michael
Bourn, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis) batted 12-for-37 in this
series while the other six hitters in the lineup went a combined
5-for-60. … Sandoval's second hit — a single on a 2-2 count in the
seventh — ended a season-long 0-for-42 drought with two strikes. …
Cleveland cleanup hitter Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 and is 3-for-58
with one home run and two RBIs over his last 16 contests.
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