SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pat Shine joined the Miami Marlins to be their go-to guy for evaluating and monitoring replay scenarios.
On Saturday night, Shine left AT&T Park with a souvenir game ball for his heads-up performance behind the scenes in a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
It saved Miami from giving up an early run that could have swung the momentum.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond requested a review of whether Brandon Hicks touched first base on a second-inning double. The play was overturned in 2 minutes, 42 seconds, and became a putout from the pitcher to first baseman. That left Hector Sanchez on third base with two outs, and Brandon Crawford ended the inning on a deep fly to center.
“That was unbelievable. In my mind, Pat Shine won the game today,” winning pitcher Tom Koehler said. “I looked at the replay to see how close it was. Second inning of the game and if you’re wrong you burn your challenge in the second inning. He’s been doing a great job all year and that’s why he got the game ball today when we came in from the field. That’s no joke. He got the game ball.”
Giancarlo Stanton homered and tripled to back Koehler (4-3) in his first road win. He struck out seven in seven innings to finally win in five tries away from South Florida after coming into his outing 0-3 on the road to start the year. He allowed four hits and walked two in his first road victory since Sept. 22, at Washington.
Garrett Jones hit an RBI triple, Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a sacrifice fly and Adeiny Hechavarria singled to drive in a run for Miami. The Marlins improved to 11-2 at AT&T Park since 2011.
Tim Lincecum (3-3), coming off his best start of the year with an 11-strikeout performance in a season-high 7 2-3 innings to beat Atlanta on Monday, never found his groove.
On a night thousands in the sellout crowd donned orange giveaway Fedoras, the Giants were handed consecutive home losses for just the second time all year and first since April 9-10 against Arizona.
San Francisco figures it missed a scoring opportunity in the second via a replay review.
Giants coach Shawon Dunston, who works the replay room in the clubhouse, said the right call was made – though Hicks thought he glanced the bag. He didn’t plan to watch the replay, ready to move on from the mistake.
“The umpires were right,” Dunston said. “He didn’t touch it. They got it right.”
Stanton, whose career-high 17-game hitting streak ended with an 0 for 5 on Friday, hit a two-out triple in the third – his first since Sept. 15, 2012, off Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. Stanton hit his 12th homer in the seventh.
Kevin Slowey, Miami’s third pitcher, got into trouble in the ninth and Steve Cishek entered to finish the six-hit shutout with his ninth save. San Francisco went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.
“I’ve said this many times, when you don’t hit and score runs, you look flat,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That was the game. We couldn’t knock in runs.”
Suspended infielder Miguel Tejada was quoted as telling ESPN Deportes he had signed a minor league contract with the Marlins pending a physical. He served 41 games of a 105-game suspension last year for testing positive for an amphetamine. Tejada would be eligible to play in the Marlins’ 65th game, which barring rainouts would be June 10 at Texas. He could appear in minor league games at Double-A or lower on May 31.
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