Oct 14, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate (36) commits a throwing error that let the game winning run score during the tenth inning against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Every little boy dreams of growing up to play Major League Baseball and one day leading his team to a dramatic extra-innings victory with a clutch walk-off bunt. OK, maybe that’s not quite the way you pictured your big moment, but it’s how the dream played out tonight for San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco, who daggered the St. Louis Cardinals with a tenth-inning, game-winning bunt.
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Technically, Crawford’s bunt needed a boost from Cards pitcher Randy Choate to get the job done, as the left hander fielded the ball on the third-base side of the mound and then threw past Kolten Wong at first base. Sailing the throw allowed Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford to score from third, giving San Francisco a 5-4 victory.
The win puts the Giants up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series that continues tomorrow night at AT&T Park.
While fans of the Cincinnati Reds have grown to appreciate the long ball, rabbit ball has it’s place, especially if it means the Cardinals don’t make it back to the World Series.