Giants snap skid with walk-off win
Eight-game slide ends with Schierholtz's single in 13th inning
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants worked overtime to end their eight-game losing streak. So it was only fitting that they prolonged their celebration, too.The Giants cavorted in the middle of the diamond after Nate Schierholtz's two-out, 13th-inning single scored Ryan Klesko from third base to snap a 5-5 tie and give San Francisco a 6-5 Interleague victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Then, Schierholtz was treated to a beer shower in the privacy of the clubhouse. "It was more than I expected," a beaming Schierholtz said. The same could be said of this four-hour, 34-minute game, the Giants' longest of the season. It provided thorough entertainment for the paid crowd of 43,485, which set an AT&T Park regular-season record for the second game in a row. Barry Bonds' two RBIs helped the Giants overcome a 4-1 deficit. Manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in a lively argument. Alex Rodriguez's 28th home run denied the Giants a nine-inning triumph. Each team used six relievers. And had the game lasted longer, the Giants might have faced Roger Clemens, who began warming up in New York's bullpen during the 13th inning. As much of a treat as this game was for spectators, the Giants derived even more from it, given the repeated setbacks they had endured. "I think that game is going to bring a lot of enthusiasm and motivation for the days to come," shortstop Omar Vizquel said. "It probably saved some sanity around here," Bochy said. Klesko grounded a leadoff single to open the Giants' winning rally off Scott Proctor (1-4). Bengie Molina's sacrifice bunt moved Klesko to second base. Pedro Feliz flied out, but Vizquel, after lining two balls up the left-field line that sliced barely foul, grounded an infield single up the middle. Vizquel punctuated his sprint to first by diving headfirst into the bag. Schierholtz, playing in his eighth Major League game, blooped Proctor's first-pitch curveball into left-center field, in front of onrushing Melky Cabrera. "I had a good feeling it was going to drop," said Schierholtz, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and stayed in the game to play right field. "I put a good swing on it. I was a little out in front and got it off the end of the bat. Luckily, they were playing 'no doubles' and playing deeper."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.