From CSJ Staff Reports
Down 2-0 and facing elimination from the 2016 MLB playoffs, the San Francisco Giants needed a variety of heroics throughout Game 3 of its National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. Two such clutch moments came from centerfielder Denard Span who hit a double, a triple, and scored two runs in San Francisco’s 6-5 victory.
Trailing 3-2, the Giants put together a three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth to give the home team its first lead of the night (5-3). But in the top of the ninth, N.L. MVP candidate Kris Bryant tied it up with a two-run home run.
Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Cubs rightfielder Albert Almora ended the Giants’ threat with an acrobatic catch that led to a double play.
In extra innings, neither team got much going thanks to some solid pitching on both sides and a spectacular catch by Span that was initially ruled a trap before replay revealed that it was, in fact, an out.
Then, in the bottom of the 13th inning, Giants second baseman Joe Panik drilled a Mike Montgomery pitch off the right field wall to drive in shortstop Brandon Crawford.
In a previously posted interview, Span told CSJ managing editor Chad Bonham about how his faith in God helps him deal with the ups and downs that accompany the game of baseball:
“There are so many ups and downs in just playing the game every day,” he said. “It’s so easy to lose confidence and lose faith in your ability. You can get down on yourself so quickly. But then you’re calling God a liar. He wants us to trust Him in everything.”
With the win, the Giants force a game four in San Francisco on Tuesday night.
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