Giants ride Ford's speed to 3-2 win over Pirates

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Giants ride Ford's speed to 3-2 win over Pirates

April 26, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD
PITTSBURGH (AP) As soon as Neil Walker turned his head to make the throw to first, Darren Ford took off.Ford let his instincts take over - and when you have speed like Ford's, of course your instincts will tell you to run. URBAN: Giants Insider notebook -- Speed kills
Ford scored from third on a grounder hit to the second baseman in a drawn-in infield in the 10th inning, helping the San Francisco Giants snap a season-high four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night."I didn't go at first," Ford said of the ball hit by Freddy Sanchez off of Joel Hanrahan with one out. "Not at first, but he just glanced at me. He didn't stop me as an infielder - he didn't stop me; he just glanced at me. And once he just glanced at me and then lobbed it over to first, I just took off and let my God-given talent just take over."The speedy Ford advanced to third base, when he went from first to third on an errant pickoff throw by Hanrahan (0-1).Ford scored the tying run after entering the game as a pinch runner in the eighth."There's no fear in him; he's not afraid to make a mistake, and that's what you love about him," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said."I tell you what, that was one of the most impressive displays of speed I've seen on a baseball field," Bochy added, referring to the 10th inning run.The Giants scored all their runs on plays that did not involve a hit.Ford, a rookie without a hit in the majors, reached in the 10th when Nate Schierholtz - who led off with a double - was thrown out at third on Ford's sacrifice attempt. But Ford found his way around the bases anyway.First baseman Lyle Overbay's throw home was errant on the scoring play, but the official scorer did not charge an error on the play because it appeared Ford's speed was going to make him safe anyway."I saw him, and he was stopped," Walker said. "I made the play to first - I probably could have thrown the ball a little firmer, but that guy can run."In the eighth, Ford went from first to third on a hit-and-run play with Sanchez up that turned into a single because the shortstop moved to cover second base. He scored two batters later on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2.The Giants' first run also came on a sacrifice fly - Aubrey Huff drove in Aaron Rowand in the sixth.Sergio Romo (1-0) earned the win with a perfect ninth.Giants starter Matt Cain was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six innings.After the game, he talked more about Ford's play than his own pitching."A little one-hopper to second, basically you just figure you've run out of luck right there," Cain said. "He saw Walker kind of lobbed it to first and trusted his speed, and it ended up being the game-changer."Cain's only mistake was a 2-2 pitch in the second to Jones, who hit his team-high fourth home to right-center.During the top of the second, Andrew McCutchen saved a run when he covered plenty of ground in making a diving catch on a ball hit by Miguel Tejada into the right-center gap.The Pirates' Charlie Morton - 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA last season - missed a chance at surpassing his win total last season when San Francisco scored in the eighth. Morton lowered his ERA to 3.00 by allowing a run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.The Pirates took a 2-1 lead with a two-out run in the sixth. Matt Diaz walked, stole second and scored on Overbay's single.Morton was lifted after Pablo Sandoval singled and Pat Burrell walked to lead off the seventh."Tonight I feel like I did a decent job, but I definitely could have put them away in the seventh today if I was just aggressive and made some pitches," Morton said. "But that's a good team, and they do what they do."Chris Resop came on and got Cody Ross and Tejada to pop out to first baseman Overbay in foul territory, and he struck out pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot in an 11-pitch at-bat.But the bullpen wasn't as good the following inning. Evan Meek allowed consecutive singles to start. After Joe Beimel got Aubrey Huff to pop out with runners at first and third, Posey lifted the sacrifice fly to left off of Jose Veras to score Ford.Notes: Giants LHP Barry Zito will see foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. Zito, who sustained a mid-foot sprain April 16, had a cast removed from his right foot Sunday. ... The Pirates claimed OF Xavier Paul off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday but did not join the team yet.

Mike Brown responds to Tyronn Lue's opinion: 'It's cute'

Mike Brown responds to Tyronn Lue's opinion: 'It's cute'

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue made headlines on Wednesday.

"The stuff (the Celtics are) running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing," Lue told reporters.

On Thursday, Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown responded.

"That's his opinion. It's cute," Brown told the media.

If the Cavs beat the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night, it will be Golden State vs Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.

More to come...

New Hawks GM Travis Schlenk issues goodbye message to Warriors fans

New Hawks GM Travis Schlenk issues goodbye message to Warriors fans

On Thursday, the Hawks officially hired Travis Schlenk to be their new general manager.

Schlenk, who joined the Warriors prior to the 2004-05 season, delivered a message to Dub Nation on Thursday morning.

"The thing that I'm gonna remember most about my time in Golden State is the fan base," Schlenk declared on 95.7 The Game. "When I first got there in 2004 -- sitting behind the bench and the team was winning 32, 36 games every year -- and you'd look out and there would still be 18,000 people in the stands every game and they were into it.

"We always said, 'Man, if you could get a winner here this place would go crazy.' We got a small taste of that with the 'We Believe' Warriors 10 years ago. And now, to be where we are now, culminating with the championship parade ... people have asked me about that -- that was the most humbling thing I've ever been a part of. To be in that parade -- probably a million people out there cheering and screaming -- and people calling you out by name, and thanking you.

"They're genuine with their happiness ... the loyalness and the support that the people of the Bay Area gives the Warriors -- that's really special and I hope you guys never take that for granted there."

Schlenk is finishing up his fifth season as assistant GM with Golden State.

He revealed that he had to put in his resignation immediately because the NBA does not allow executives to work for two different franchises simultaneously.

Schlenk chose to start his duties with Atlanta immediately because as he put it -- "there's too much work I need to do here ... I gotta be here and get started."