For the second night in a row the Giants honored a player in a pre-game ceremony. Last night it was current Marlin Michael Morse, tonight it was former Marlin Casey McGehee, who was presented with his NL Comeback Player of the Year award. Fittingly, McGehee came back from some mighty early season struggles to play a major role in downing the Fish and leading the Giants to a 6-0 victory in game two of the series.
Jarred Cosart got into a jam early. In the bottom of the second inning Buster Posey singled followed by Brandon Belt doubling to deep left that Christian Yelich had to play off the wall. Justin Maxwell then worked a 10 pitch walk that loaded the bases. Cosart got Brandon Crawford to go down swinging but got himself into a bad 3-1 count with Casey McGehee who was able to launch a grandslam into the centerfield bleachers. With that one swing of the bat McGehee more then doubled his RBI total for the year up to this juncture, and Lincecum was comfortably tacked to a 4-0 Giants lead. McGehee would later add another hit and ground into two double plays, matching a profile that Marlins fans became quite familiar with last season.
Cosart would pitch two more innings before being pulled for pinch hitter Justin Bour, the final line being 4 innings pitched, six hits, 3 walks, two strikeouts and four earned runs courtesy the grand slam...definitely not his best effort. Lincecum meanwhile was very effective, sprinkling three hits and three walks through six innings, setting down eight Marlins via the strikeout.
The Giants added a run in the fifth off of Brad Hand when Brandon Belt doubled home Buster Posey and another run in the seventh with Maxwell singling past Prado bringing in Posey again, making it 6-0 Giants.
A welcome sight came in the bottom of the sixth when Christian Yelich robbed pinch hitter Joaquin Arias of a surefire basehit. Yelich laid out and made a beautiful snowcone catch, showing that he was feeling just fine after his stint on the DL with lower back pain.
With the win, the Giants tied the series up at one game a piece. The Marlins will look to take game three tomorrow, 9:05 EST kickoff.
Hero of the Game: Casey McGehee (+.232)
Goat of the Game: Jarred Cosart (-.265)
Play of the Game: McGehee Grand Slam (+.236)