There’s plenty to talk about coming out of the San Francisco Giants’ 8-5 extra-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. But you can’t overlook what Mike Tauchman did. Coming into the game via a double switch (he hit 0-2 at the plate), he made the most crucial play of the game in the ninth inning to rob Albert Pujols of a home run at the fence.
That forced extra innings and LaMonte Ward and Evan Longoria came through in the clutch. Wade singled to make it 6-5 while Longoria doubled in two more, ensuring the win. But truthfully, none of that could have happened if not for the brilliant web gem Tauchman produced. Both teams are now 31-20 after the result, leaving them 1.5 games off San Diego’s place in the very interesting NL West race.