Sandoval's walkoff single lifts Giants on night of rarities

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A cleanup hitter bunted for a single. A pitcher who had hardly swung a bat in his life got a hit. A utilityman scored from first base on a botched pickoff attempt.

And two players dressed up as wrestlers to campaign for a teammate to make the All-Star team.

Say this for the 2018 Giants: They’ll surprise you.

On Monday night, the Giants beat the Cubs 2-1 in 11 innings on Pablo Sandoval’s walk-off single off Pedro Strop.

The Giants wasted a one-out Hunter Pence triple in the 10th, but not Andrew McCutchen’s one-out single in the 11th. McCutchen advanced to third on Brandon Belt’s single to right, and Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked to load the bases for Sandoval.

The Cubs used five infielders, and all played in. Sandoval fell behind 0-2 on two foul balls before lashing an opposite-field single to left, giving the Giants the series-opening win on a night of rarities in China Basin.

Belt, the cleanup hitter, led off the second inning with a bunt single, perhaps the easiest way in the world to beat a shift, and Andrew Suarez smacked a third-inning single for his first major-league hit. He’s 1-for-28.