San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford smashed the winning home run into the Bay in the extra innings to secure a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies and win the series finale to give his side precious momentum before they host the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the score at 3-1 during the bottom of the sixth innings the AT&T Park, Pablo Sandoval briefly thought he had provided the water-bound home run to take the game out of reach of the Rockies but the ball ricocheted off a flagpole and into the crowd.
An impressive Colorado recovery saw the Rockies tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth and shutouts forced extra innings.
With the Giants fresh to the plate in the tenth Crawford smashed the ball high over the right field and into the water surrounding the Giants' magnificent stadium.
It was the shortstop's first splash hit into the San Francisco Bay after making his debut for the Giants in MLB in 2011. In total, 64 different Giant batsmen have now found the water at the AT&T stadium.
The victory gave the 2012 World Series Champions a 2-1 series win and valuable momentum ahead of a series against the Dodgers after a series loss against Arizona last week.
Bochy heaped praise on Crawford and explained if his side are going to have more tight matches then they will need to rely on men like Crawford to see them home.
Bochy added: “You want these guys to say, ‘Wait a minute, I can do this.’ It’s not as if he was going to be in a platoon.”
Crawford, who has played for the Giants each season of his four-year MLB career, was mobbed by his team mates as he walked off in style on a gloriously sunny afternoon.
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