Giants 10, Dodgers 9 (10 inn): Even when expecting the unexpected, Giants fans get another surprise

San Francisco Giants' Guillermo Quiroz celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a walkoff home run in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, May 4, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco Giants’ Guillermo Quiroz celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a walkoff home run in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, May 4, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Really, we should be immune to the San Francisco Giants’ flair for the dramatic. But then they do something we just didn’t see coming.

Duane Kuiper said it best: “You think you know, but you just don’t know.”

After Hunter Pence struck out to open the bottom of the 10th inning, manager Bruce Bochy sent Guillermo Quiroz to the play to face Brandon League. Quiroz was the Giants’ last available position player on the bench.

After loading the bases with one out in the ninth and failing to score with their best hitter at the plate — Buster Posey grounded into a double play — it didn’t look promising in the 10th with one out and Quiroz at the plate.

Then the reserve catcher who only had eight plate appearances so far this season served a League pitch into the left-field bleachers for the second game-winning home run in as many nights.

It was only Quiroz’s third career home run in 110 big-league games spanning over nine seasons from 2004-2013. He hadn’t homered in a big-league game since 2008.

It was the Giants’ fifth consecutive victory — including the last four in which the Giants hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later:

  1. Tuesday, Pablo Sandoval, two-run HR, 9th inning vs. Arizona
  2. Wednesday, Belt, three-run HR, 8th inning vs. Arizona
  3. Friday, Buster Posey, solo HR, 9th inning vs. LA Dodgers
  4. Saturday, Guillermo Quiroz, solo HR, 10th inning vs. LA Dodgers

OTHER WILD NOTES FROM SATURDAY

  • The Giants looked as if they were headed to an easy win as they took a 5-0 lead after three innings thanks to Ryan Vogelsong’s first start of the season in which he opened with three scoreless innings. After the Dodgers scored a run in the fourth, the Giants responded to take a 6-1. Then the Dodgers tallied for seven runs in the fifth.
  • As bad a seven-run inning looks, Vogelsong did not get help from his defense. Shortstop Brandon Crawford double-clutched on a potential double-play ball, resulting in only one out. If the Giants turn two there, the Dodgers likely score only one run that inning.
  • With the seven-run fifth on Saturday, it means the Giants have surrendered at five-run inning (Rockies), six-run inning (Padres), seven-run inning (Dodgers), eight-run inning (Brewers) and nine-run inning (Cardinals) this season.

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