SAN FRANCISCO -- Moments after the Giants completed Wednesday's stirring 5-4, 10-inning victory over the D-backs at AT&T Park, Brandon Crawford prepared for the team's upcoming three-city, 10-game trip by filling a duffel bag with 10 of his bats.These days, those bats are as valuable as gold ingots when they're
SAN FRANCISCO -- Moments after the Giants completed Wednesday's stirring 5-4, 10-inning victory over the D-backs at AT&T Park, Brandon Crawford prepared for the team's upcoming three-city, 10-game trip by filling a duffel bag with 10 of his bats.
These days, those bats are as valuable as gold ingots when they're in his hands.
Crawford slapped the two-out single in the 10th that scored Andrew McCutchen to break a 4-4 tie, end the Giants' 5-1 homestand and propel them into the aforementioned journey that promises to be challenging, with visits to the Nationals, Marlins and Dodgers.
Then again, after erasing a 4-2 deficit in the ninth on Alen Hanson's pinch-hit, two-run homer, such trifles as who, when and where they play don't disturb the Giants.
"Great win for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It could be our best win this year."
That's because numerous Giants contributed to the decision that sealed a series victory over Arizona.
After starter Chris Stratton yielded three runs in four-plus innings, relievers Will Smith, Reyes Moronta, Tony Watson, Ty Blach and Hunter Strickland combined to work six innings, surrender three hits, strike out 10 and permit one run.
Another Giant who left the bench to excel was Hanson, who recorded his fourth pinch-hit in as many at-bats. With Mac Williamson at first base after coaxing a one-out walk from Brad Boxberger, Hanson pinned the second blown save in 16 chances on the Arizona closer by clobbering an 0-1 delivery over the right-field barrier.
Hanson explained his pinch-hitting prowess by saying through interpreter Erwin Higueros, "I don't let the situation intimidate me." As for his confrontation against Boxberger, who saved Arizona's victory Tuesday night, Hanson said that he strode to the batter's box with the "positive mentality and approach that I was going to get one good swing."
It was an example of what Bochy called "easy pop" -- a batter's ability to hit for power without strain, struggle or stress. "You don't look at him and think of him as a home run hitter," Bochy said of the 6-foot, 170-pound Hanson. "But when he got that ball up, I knew it was going out."
Strickland walked Daniel Descalso to open the 10th, and then he allowed him to advance to third on a wild pitch with one out. The right-hander recovered by striking out pinch-hitter Ketel Marte and inducing Nick Ahmed's popup. Arizona left-hander Andrew Chafin retired the first two hitters he faced in the 10th before McCutchen doubled to center field. Crawford ran a full count after being ahead, 2-0, but he regained his composure.
"I probably got a little too anxious for a pitch to hit," said Crawford, who nonetheless was ready for the fateful slider that Chafin fed him. Crawford connected with it for his second hit of the game. It lifted his team-high batting average to .324 and gave him a .429 average (51-for-119) in his past 32 games.
"You couldn't ask for a better hitter at this time up there than Craw, the way he's been playing," Bochy said.
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Following Thursday's scheduled off-day, the Giants will begin a three-city, 10-game trip at Washington, where they're 5-17 since the start of the 2011 season. Rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez will get the first crack at reversing San Francisco's luck in Friday's series opener at 4:05 p.m. PT. Washington will counter with right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who's 43-25 with a 2.94 ERA in 104 career starts at Nationals Park.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.