Storied rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played respective home games over 350 miles apart, but won in similar fashion Saturday.
The Giants carried a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning of their afternoon game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim behind a strong start by Tim Hudson. After the veteran right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Collin Cowgill, he was replaced by Sergio Romo.
Romo recorded an out, allowed a single to Mike Trout and struck out Albert Pujols. Jeremy Affeldt then came on in relief and promptly gave up an RBI single to Kole Calhoun. It was the lone batter Affeldt faced as he was lifted in favor of Santiago Casilla.
David Freese greeted Casilla with an RBI single that pulled the Angels to within a run of the Giants and left runners on the corners with no outs. Matt Joyce made good contact on the first pitch he saw from Casilla, but it struck pinch-runner Taylor Featherston and ended the game:
Hours later, a similar situation played out with the Dodgers were leading the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4, in the ninth inning.
Chris Hatcher was on the mound and facing the tying run at the plate in David Peralta. The Diamondbacks put on a hit-and-run that went against their favor as Peralta hit a grounder up the middle that made contact with Jordan Pacheco and thus ended the game:
Following the loss, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale called the situation embarrassing, via ESPN:
To lose a game on a hit, with a runner getting hit by the ball, it’s really embarrassing. It’s not very good awareness.”
The home win was the Dodgers’ 12th in 14 games this season, which leads the Majors heading into play Sunday.
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