"It's really good that you get a win like that, everybody pulling for each other," Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel told the Associated Press. "It's nice because we came back twice. It makes you believe that you can rebound."
Vizquel and Co. had to battle back twice late in the game because closer Armando Benitez blew another save opportunity, his third of the season, by serving up solo shots in the ninth to Jose Valentin and rookie Lastings Milledge.
Milledge's homerun tied the game at that juncture, 6-6, and sent 48,791 New Yorkers into a frenzy. When he took the field in the top of the 10th, the rookie right fielder tried to personally acknowledge them all by slapping hands with as many of them down the right-field line.
Oh, boy. "He has a little growing up to do," New York outfielder Cliff Floyd said. "I'll just mention to him the consequences that come along with that. If that's what you want to do, you do that. But at the same time, if you want guys throwing at your head constantly, you proceed to do it that way."
Mets manager Willie Randolph proceeded to knock some sense into the exuberant rookie after the game.
"I had a little conversation with him about that. I told him to tone it down a little bit," Randolph said. "He got excited about his first big (league) home run. Wouldn't you?"
In that same thought process, perhaps Giants rookie Jonathan Sanchez (1-0) should high-five all the fans down the left-field line at 24 Willie Mays Plaza the next time he goes to warm up in the bullpen.
Sanchez retired all three batters he faced in the 11th frame to pick up his first major-league victory. The left-hander has now mowed down all eight hitters he's faced since being promoted to the big leagues on May 26.
"I didn't know I was going to get in the game because I pitched yesterday," Sanchez told MLB.com. "I wanted to get a win, but I didn't know it would be in the 12th with the game tied. It feels great. I'm happy."
Another young San Francisco hurler to make waves Sunday was Jeremy Accardo. The reliever did something Benitez was paid $27 million to do and that was to secure a Giants victory.
Accardo shut the door in the bottom of the 12th to notch his first big-league save.
"I hadn't planned on drinking on the plane, but that may change," said Accardo, who has kept opposing batters to a .186 batting average for the season and a sparkling 0.71 ERA over his last nine appearances.
"It was a long game and one of the greatest games I've ever been a part of," he said. "I was excited, nervous, everything when I went out there."
When asked about his recent outstanding performances, the right-hander shrugged it off and responded diplomatically.
"I haven't even thought about it once. Every day is a new day," Accardo said. "I guess it is one of my better stretches, but tomorrow is a new day and you can't wake up cocky."
Tomorrow is a new day and the Giants will wake up in San Francisco after a week-long trip to the East Coast. They will be welcomed back by the Florida Marlins, who took two out of three from them this past week.
Game Notes: First base coach Luis Pujols was ejected in the bottom of the eighth by umpire Marty Foster. Apparently, Pujols was upset at Foster dropping the stank eye on Giants players a bit too aggressively and prematurely... Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout... Moises Alou is set to return, hopefully as soon as Monday against the Marlins.
Quoteable: Moises Alou on his eventual return to the Giants: "I know we're going to be a lot better," Alou told MLB.com. "I don't want to take away anything from anybody, but with me in, we're a lot better team. I think whether I go 10-for-20 or 0-for-20, my presence means a lot."
SFDugout's Player of the Game: We have to give the nod to Jeremy Accardo for locking down the win for San Francisco and, in the process, picking up his first major-league save. The kid has the mound presence, electrifying stuff and recent success to give some hope to Giants' fans about San Francisco's steadily improving bullpen. On that note, Jonathan Sanchez gets an honorable mention for his superb work thus far.
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