Giants 9, Diamondbacks 8: Giants give skid in season openers the boot

  • San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo celebrates the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Phoenix.  The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 9-8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    San Francisco Giants’ Sergio Romo celebrates the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Phoenix. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 9-8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • WP: Jean Machi (1-0)
  • Save: Sergio Romo (1)
  • HR: Brandon Belt (1), Buster Posey (1)

BOX SCORE

Hey, it wasn’t pretty. But it’s a win.

And in the end, that’s all that matters.

The Giants rallied from four runs down to beat the Diamondbacks 9-8 for their first season-opening win in four years.

Due in part to sloppy defense, the Giants trailed 6-2 after five innings and 7-3 after six.

But the Giants tallied four runs in the seventh to tie the game, with all four runs scoring with two outs.

With Joaquin Arias on first, rookie Ehire Adrianza came in to hit for reliever Yusmeiro Petit and delivered a double to right, scoring Arias.

After Oliver Perez relieved starter Brandon McCarthy, Angel Pagan shot a double to left off the glove of Martin Prado, scoring Adrianza.

After a Brandon Belt single moved Pagan to third, the Giants caught a break. With a pitch headed to his right shoulder, Pablo Sandoval with a part check-swing, part trying to avoid being hit, made contact with the ball and blooped into shallow center off the glove of shortstop Chris Owings, scoring Pagan.

After a Buster Posey single loaded the bases, Hunter Pence walked to tie the game.

Then in the top of the ninth, again with two outs, Buster Posey delivered a huge two-run home run to left to give the Giants a 9-7.

Despite giving up a solo home run to Miguel Montero, Sergio Romo was able to close out the game for the win.

The box score says the Giants made two errors. But really there should have four or five or more.

“They let an intern do it for the first game,” Giants announcer Duane Kuiper said on Monday’s official scorer.

Let’s look at them.

Leading off the fourth, Mark Trumbo reached when Brandon Belt could handle his grounder for Error No. 1.

The next batter, Miguel Montero, hit a chopper to short that Sandoval cut over to field. But he dropped the ball for Error No. 2.

Two batters later, Gerardo Parra singled home Trumbo, but Miguel Montero was called out on Pence’s throw home and Posey’s sweep tag. Except for one thing, Posey dropped the throw. Non-error No. 1.

In the fifth inning, Joaqin Arias fielding a grounder but his throw to second drew Brandon Crawford off the bag. It was ruled a fielder’s choice. Non-error No. 2.

The next batter, McCarthy hit a grounder that should have been a 4-2-3 double play. But Arias’ throw short-hopped Posey at the plate, and the Giants only got the force at home. You can’t presume a double play, so non-error No. 3.

Luckily, neither of Arias’ gaffes cost the Giants any runs.

That wasn’t the case with Belt in the sixth inning. Petit had Paul Goldschmidt picked off as Belt started the run down. Then Belt somehow lost focus and allowed Goldschmidt to slip into second. He then scored on Trumbo’s single. Non-error No. 4.

In the eighth, Aaron Hill hit a slow roller to Sandoval, who fielded the ball but his throw to first sailed over the head of Belt. Luckily, it bounced off some plexiglass the protects the photographer’s well, so Hill could advance no further. The play was scored a single, but we’ll call it non-error No. 5.

In the ninth, Chris Owings tried for a bunt single to Sandoval, who had enough time to field the ball and get Owings. But Sandoval did not come up with the ball cleanly. It was ruled a hit, but we’ll call it non-error No. 6.

Not pretty. But the bats rescued the Giants on Opening Night.

Tuesday: Matt Cain takes the mound for the Giants against Wade Miley. First pitch is 6:40 p.m.

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