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Clay Hensley poses during spring training photo day on March 1, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Well, what do you know? Giants manager Bruce Bochy really does believe in the closer by committee. Unfortunately for him, that approach was as effective as a gavel to the forehead Friday night.
The Giants found a way to win anyway. They blew their first save following Brian Wilson’s season-ending elbow surgery, but Sergio Romo and first baseman Brandon Belt made sure the Mets only tied the game in the ninth inning.
Melky Cabrera ignited the Giants in the 10th when he walked, stole second base and scored on Hector Sanchez’s two out single. Then the bullpen pulled another escape while persevering and preserving a 4-3 victory at Citi Field.
Romo allowed two leadoff singles before Clay Hensley struck out Jason Bay with first base open, then got Lucas Duda to fly out and strand the tying and winning runs in scoring position.
It was a crazy night. But the most interesting events happened in the bottom of the ninth, when Bochy pulled would-be closer Santiago Casilla after he gave up an infield single to the only batter he faced in the ninth. Bochy preferred to match up Javier Lopez against three left-handed hitters.
Lopez retired just one of the three, threw a wild pitch and failed to protect the one-run lead. Josh Thole grounded a tying single just past the diving attempt of second baseman Emmanuel Burriss. It took a great escape by Romo, which included a tremendous throw to the plate by Belt, just to get the Giants to extra innings.
The Giants climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Their victory was their third consecutive and their sixth out of eight.