Seven-run 13th inning caps San Francisco Giants’ sweep of Los Angeles Angels

06/23/2021; Anaheim, California, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski (5) follows on a swing for a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tauchman’s three-run homerun crowned a 13th seven-run inning that led the San Francisco Giants to a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon in Anaheim, California.

The Giants used four walks in the inning, including a deliberate walk, through the Angels Bullpen to complete a two-game series sweep, winning for the eighth time in nine games. The Angels dropped three in a row.

For a few moments in the 12th inning, the Angels thought they had won the game. Juan Lagares scored in a close game on the plate that would have given the Los Angeles a 3-2 win, but the call was lifted after a retest.

The Giants took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 12th inning with Steven Duggar’s RBI doubles and scored runner-designate Donovan Solano from second base.

The Angels had to play for much of the 12th inning, with pitcher Griffin Canning moving in left field and Taylor Ward moving from left field to catcher, a position he hadn’t played since 2017 when he was in the miners.

The shuffling of the defense was the result of catcher Kurt Suzuki taking a foul ball off his face mask and forcing him out of the game. The Angels’ other catcher, Max Stassi, was used as a pinch hitter earlier in the game.

Canning played a key role with the Angels, who finalized the game in 12th place and dropped a successful victim to get designated runner Jose Iglesias from second to third.

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Lagares’ infield single scored Iglesias for a tie. Lagares went all the way from first to third on David Fletcher’s High Chopper, who went for an infield single.

Luis Rengifo followed up with a grounder to First Baseman Darin Ruf, who threw home to catch Lagares. After the replay reversal, Rengifo was called out. Dylan Bundy, a pitcher who appeared as a pinch hitter, then knocked out and sent the game to the 13th inning.

Brandon Crawford’s base-laden walk in the top of the 13th put the Giants on top. A wild pitch from Junior Guerra brought another run, and Steven Duggar’s single with two runs increased the lead to 6-2. Two strokes later, Tauchman broke up the game.

Jared Walsh’s grounder scored the last run of the game in the bottom 13.

Giants Reliever Dominic Leone (1-0) won over Angels Reliever Alex Claudio (1-2).

Angels starter Shohei Ohtani and Giants starter Kevin Gausman both did well but were not involved in the decision. Everyone gave up a run on a solo homer in the fifth inning, and everyone hit nine thugs. Ohtani held out six innings while Gausman completed seven innings.

Mike Yastrzemski of San Francisco scored his tenth home run of the season in the top of the fifth and Rengifo responded with his second of the year in the bottom half of the inning.

–Field-level media

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