WASHINGTON – Sandy Rosario only recorded one out Thursday, and he’s not sure how he did it.
In a scary moment in the Giants’ stunning 4-3 victory at Nationals Park, Rosario began the seventh inning on the mound and got struck on the right side of his chest by a line drive off the bat of Adam La Roche.
Rosario was stunned but somehow picked up the ball and threw for the out – all while gasping for air.
“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t have time to react,” Rosario said. “I couldn’t breathe for five seconds.”
So how the heck did he throw to first base?
“I don’t know, papi,” he said. “Right when I open my eyes, the ball is in front of me. I don’t know. I just got it.”
Rosario was lucky. Trainers diagnosed him with a bruised sternum and he wasn’t seriously injured. He walked around like normal as he prepared for the team flight to Miami, although manager Bruce Bochy was prepared to be without his services for at least a day or two.
“It’s one of the hardest hits I’ve seen a pitcher take,” Bochy said. “For him to have the wherewithal to throw for the out, that’s impressive.”
The entire Giants bullpen was impressive. If they don’t combine for 4 1/3 scoreless innings, then Hector Sanchez doesn’t have the opportunity to put them ahead with his pinch, three-run home run with two outs (and two strikes) in the ninth.
“We were running short on pitching and (Javier) Lopez had to face some righties,” Bochy said. “He did a great job. They all did.”
Sanchez’s home run was the first hit by any Giant other than Brandon Belt since Brandon Crawford on Aug. 2. And it was the first hit by a Giant not named Brandon since Brett Pill on July 31.
It was also just the eighth home run the Giants hit all season with two or more runners on base.
The Giants haven’t hit a grand slam yet this season, by the way. They hit three last year.
Sergio Romo, after Brandon Crawford’s diving catch prevented the first batter from reaching in the ninth: “He’s one of the best shortstops I’ve ever seen in my life.
While reporters were in Bochy’s office, the manager’s phone blew up with multiple text messages. Was it Brian Sabean?
“Obama,” the manager joked. “Jeez, him again. Why is he bothering me now?”