Giants make fans, seagulls happy by beating Rockies in 18 innings

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Giants celebrate (Getty Images)

The seagulls that often feast at Oracle Park had some unexpected company Friday night — the Rockies, the Giants and a few thousand fans who stuck around to watch 18 innings of April baseball.

The birds came upon the San Francisco marathon about an hour before it ended at 3:50 a.m. ET (12:50 a.m. PT) Saturday with the Giants victorious, 3-2.

In the spirit of not dragging out things further, a few quick points about the game:

— Giants 38-year-old backup catcher Erik Kratz drove in the winning run on a fielder’s choice grounder in the bottom of the 18th — after being behind the plate for all 265 of his team’s pitches on the night.

“I got a second wind there in the 17th inning,” Kratz joked to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Amy Gutierrez in a postgame interview.

“When you’re not swinging it well, you have to be able to pick the guys up defensively,” Kratz added. He went 0 for 6 on Friday and is now 2 for 19 (.105) for the season.

“For Kratzy, it was quite a game for him,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters in his postgame presser.

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— Nine Giants pitchers combined to strike out 24 Rockies batters. Fans in the right-field corner seats ran out of “K” cards after No. 21, so spectators stood in to represent 22, 23 and 24.

— Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta struck out four times after entering the game in the ninth inning. “It’s hard . . . to get the (golden) sombrero when you didn’t start the game,” Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper said on the NBC Sports Bay Area telecast.

— One guy who had it worse than Kratz behind the dish (and Iannetta at it) was plate umpire CB Bucknor. The much-maligned arbiter saw 503 pitches total (Colorado hurlers threw 238). He also made the right call in ruling Iannetta took his foot off the plate as he tried to complete a forceout of Brandon Belt, whose leadoff double in the 18th set up the winning rally.

— Colorado scored both its runs in the fourth inning off Giants starter Drew Pomeranz. One of the runs came in on a balk.

— The Giants are pretty good at this two-games-in-one thing:

— San Francisco pitcher Dereck Rodriguez pinch-hit, but Madison Bumgarner did not. Then again, Bumgarner is scheduled to start Saturday’s afternoon game (1:05 p.m. PT), so his availability was limited at best.