Giants split doubleheader with Nationals as Bochy, Baker climb list



WASHINGTON – The Giants could not begin their three-game weekend series at rain-soaked Nationals Park until after 10 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday.

By the time the earth completed its rotational axis, the two teams had wedged 27 ½ innings into 24 hours. And then, because they couldn’t decide matters, they played some more.

The Nationals claimed a 6-2 victory and a doubleheader split on Sunday when Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam in the 11th inning off Albert Suarez, and we can only hope that Lou Piniella didn’t sit at home and watch both games.

That’s because Bruce Bochy and Dusty Baker both passed him for 14th place on the all-time managerial victory list. Bochy claimed his 1,836th win in Game 1, and Baker matched him in Game 2.

Of the 13 managers ahead of them, only Gene Mauch is not in the Hall of Fame.

The Giants received enough key contributions to sweep the doubleheader: Pablo Sandoval hit his first home run as a Giant in almost three years, and the pitcher with the NL’s most bloated ERA matched the Nationals ace who is likely to win the NL Cy Young Award.


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