PHILADELPHIA — After needing extra innings only three times in their first 46 games, the Giants played extra baseball Tuesday night for the second time in as many games with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
For the first time this season, they played into the 11th, but Donovan Walton wouldn’t let it go on any longer. He turned on the third pitch of the inning and drove it off the wall in right field, driving home ghost runner Joey Bart from second to score the decisive run in a 7-4 win.
Walton went from bad-luck goat to extra-inning hero, after a two-out ground ball in the bottom of the 10th bounced off the second-base bag and over his glove, allowing the Phillies to tie the game at 4 and negate Joc Pederson’s 10th inning infield single that gave the Giants their first lead in extras.
“There was some real redemption,” manager Gabe Kapler said, but the kind he was talking about had to do with bouncing back from a strikeout the night before against the same pitcher, Andrew Bellatti. “There’s some mental toughness to be able to come back out in the same situation, channel that energy and have an excellent at-bat.”