Both Bay Area major league baseball teams were triumphant of late, putting to bed their rivals from the south in extra innings. The San Francisco Giants tied it in the bottom of the ninth, then pitched good enough to survive the L.A. powerhouse lineup for three extra innings before doctor Crawford and his anesthesiologist Hector Sanchez came up with some nifty hitting, extracting in the twelfth the tumor that was the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"When you have a couple of really nice chances and don't score, that can be frustrating," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who turned 59 before the game ended (his birthday is April 16). "But the guys kept fighting."
In all it was a surgical procedure that ran well past the midnight hour with the Giants prevailing in game one of a three game series at home.
Earlier, the Oakland Athletics came up with a run in the top of the 11th inning, putting to bed the evil Angels of Los Angeles- Anaheim.
It was a game of rallies and the A's would be the ones to see their final rally bare fruit. Thanks to clutch A's pitching, the visitors from the north held the line just when it seemed to be slipping away in the bottom of the ninth after a two run homer tied it for the Angels.
"The way I look at it, the longer we go, the better chance we have, because our bullpen's so deep," said A's third baseman Josh Donaldson, who drove in Jed Lowrie from first base with a tiebreaking double off Angels reliever Joslan Herrera in the top of the 11th Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
It would be left to A's doctors Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson to pull them through with clutch hitting performances that sealed the Angel of death's doom in the eleventh inning.
Happy Jackie Robinson Day L.A.!