05/27/10 9:30 PM ET
Late rally lifts Giants past Nationals
Sanchez's two-run single finishes off three-run seventh
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"Those are the situations you want to be in as a player," said Sanchez. "It was nice to be able to help today."Said Walker, "When you get behind in the count, you have to hit more of the plate. The ball went toward the middle of the plate. It was a poor pitch on my part. He made me pay for it." Though Sanchez received a fastball, it wasn't as predictable as one might think. On Tuesday night, Walker threw a variety of deliveries to Sanchez, who fouled off seven 1-2 pitches before striking out with runners on second and third and one out. "We needed somebody to pick us up, and he certainly did today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Sanchez also raised the Giants' game defensively. He participated in two double plays and deftly grabbed Stammen's tricky smash that grazed the pitcher's mound to end the sixth inning. Zito said that Sanchez's hitting "kind of overshadowed all the defense that he provided for us. He's a spark for this lineup." For good measure, Sanchez demonstrated some old-fashioned toughness in the second inning, when Justin Maxwell slid headfirst as he stole second base and accidentally kicked Sanchez on his jaw. Sanchez had no intention of leaving the game. "We expected him to add some degree of intensity," Zito said. "He's very focused." The Giants needed more than just Sanchez to improve to 13-2 against Washington since 2008. Dunn, who homered in the first inning, barely missed another one in the seventh when he launched a drive that caromed off the cement molding atop the right-field wall and back into fair territory. Dunn stopped at second base, but Washington manager Jim Riggleman questioned the ruling, prompting the umpiring crew to study video replays. The ruling stood, denying Dunn a two-run homer that would have put Washington ahead 5-2. "I felt like we needed this game," Bochy said. "We had a tough game last night [featuring Tim Lincecum's struggles]. To bounce back and come from behind is big for the confidence of the club."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.