Game-winning homer redeems Belt's rough night

Giants first baseman entered 18th inning with 0-for-6 contest

Game-winning homer redeems Belt's rough night

WASHINGTON -- Until his final at-bat Saturday night, Brandon Belt wasn't having much of a night against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

The Giants first baseman was 0-for-6, striking out twice while never hitting the ball out of the infield. So his expectations were modest when he faced Washington reliever Tanner Roark in the 18th inning with the score tied, 1-1.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

Belt crushed a leadoff homer to give San Francisco a 2-1 triumph. But in recounting his go-ahead hit, he didn't overlook the less glorious portion of his performance.

"It was tough at times," Belt said. "That is something I had to kind of figure out before the last at-bat. I knew I wasn't having great at-bats the entire game. I wasn't sticking with the game plan that I had in the previous five or six games. I just had to restart a little bit, say, 'Hey, we're going up here looking for a good at-bat.' We're not necessarily trying to get a good result. Just get a good at-bat, and whatever happens, happens."

Belt felt not only ecstatic after homering, but also relieved, given the unpleasant conditions at Nationals Park.

"It was really cold out there," Belt said. "I knew everybody battled their butt off."

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.