The San Francisco Giants lost game three of the NL Divisional Series with Washington when pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw a ball away while trying to get an out at third base. The baseball gods were looking down on the Giants Tuesday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Cardinals reliever Randy Choate fielded a bunt, but his throw to first base was to the right of second baseman Kolten Wong who was covering. The ball went down the first base line into the Cardinals bullpen, allowing the winning run to score from second base. The Giants beat the Cardinals 5-4 in 10 innings during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
San Francisco leads the best of seven series 2-1.
Choate walked Brandon Crawford to start the inning and after Juan Perez failed to get a bunt down, he lined a single to left putting runners on first and second. Gregor Blanco got a bunt down half way between home and the pitcher’s mound on the third base side. Choate fielded it cleanly, but spun and misfired on his throw.
The error put a damper on what was another never say die comeback for the Cardinals.
Starter John Lackey was victimized for four runs in the first inning on four straight two out hits, including a run scoring double by Hunter Pence. Then after a walk, Travis Ishikawa hit a tower drive to right field that turned around Randal Grichuk. He expected the ball to bounce high off the wall, but instead it hit just above the ground. What could have been the final out turned into a three-run double and 4-0 lead for San Francisco.
The Cardinals pecked away at starter Tim Hudson. In the fourth, Kolten Wong tripled in Jon Jay and Matt Holliday who both reached on two out hits. Jhonny Peralta singled home Jay in the sixth after he led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on two ground outs. Then, in the seventh, Grichuk made up for his miscue in the first inning with a solo shot to left field tying the game at 4-4.
Game 4 of the series is Wednesday night at 7:07 CT.