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LP P. Wilson (1-3) 3 2/3IP 9H 9R 8ER 3BB 2SO 2HR 5.19 ERA
S T. Worrell (8) 1/3IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 2.25 ERA
The Giants and Reds were ready to play ball at one o'clock this afternoon after coming off a game which almost lasted until midnight, but in the middle of the singing of the national anthem, the skies poured down rain. For a while, it looked like both teams could have gone home to rest for the day because the rain came down harder with every minute. Finally, an hour later, the sun shone through and the Giants took the field, with rookie Jesse Foppert on the mound, who was trying to get his first win as a major leaguer.
The game started with Foppert giving the Reds' lead off man, Felipe Lopez, a walk. When Lopez attempted to steal second base, Yorvit Torrealba, who was in place of catcher Benito Santiago, made an impressive throw to get Lopez out. Torrealba followed his throw by catching a foul ball that was popped up behind the plate.
In the bottom of the first inning, Reds pitcher, Paul Wilson, walked Ray Durham. Then Rich Aurilia, making his return after missing three games due to eye irritation, smashed the first pitch he saw deep into foul territory, which missed the home run mark by 3 feet. After this tough break, fans and players sighed from thinking about the continuous slump of offense by the Giants. The strike of luck seemed to return to the Giants at Barry Bonds' first at bat, although it didn't seem so when Bonds hit the high pop fly. The pop up fell between first baseman, Sean Casey, and right fielder, Austin Kearns, giving Bonds his 1,500th hit as a Giant and moving Durham to second. Jose Cruz, Jr. followed with a triple that was hit deep into death valley, scoring Durham and Bonds. Andres Galarraga, in place of first baseman J.T. Snow, hit his second jack of the season to make the score 0-4.
In the top of the second, Kearns doubled and scored off of the sacrfice flye hit by Kelly Stinnett, putting the Reds on the board 1-4.
In the bottom of the third, Cruz was walked and Galarraga reached base on an error by 3rd baseman, Aaron Boone. Felipe Alou tried a hit-and-run play for a double steal with Edgardo Alfonzo batting. Cruz was caught stealing third, but after, Alfonzo doubled to score Galarraga. Torrealba followed with a two run roundtripper, giving the Giants a 1-7 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bonds doubled and Cruz continued his hot hitting by giving the Giants another run with a double to score Bonds. El Gato Grande continued his damage offensively by hitting a bloop into shallow left to drive in Cruz. Galarraga sent Wilson back to the dugout for the rest of the day with that hit.
In the top of the sixth inning, Foppert, who was still struggling with his control, gave up a three-run homer to Jose Guillen. After going for five and a third innings, and striking out six batters while giving up six walks, Foppert was relieved by Joe Nathan, who silenced the Reds' bats through the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
With the score 4-9 by the top of the ninth, left handed Scott Eyre relieved Nathan. Stinnett hit a single with one out, followed by back to back singles by pinch hitter, Juan Castro and Lopez, which loaded the bases for Adam Dunn and the Reds. Dunn ripped a fly ball into left field where Marvin Bernard, who came into the game for Bonds, made an impressive catch at the wall to prevent more than one of the three baserunners to score. With two outs, Eyre tried to finish off the game with Casey, but in his attempt, he only saw Casey hit a single to right field to bring the score to 6-9. Closer Tim Worrell came into the game to make Kearns fly out to Ruben Rivera. Worrell collected his eighth save of the season.
SFDugout.com Player of the Game: The only thing that's more impressive than a player of the game is a player of the game who spends a majority of his time sitting on the bench in back-up of a Gold Glover who is leading the league in RBIs. The Big Cat has given the Giants a lift in offense, which they desperately needed to end their three game losing streak. Also, props to Yorvit Torrealba for playing the catcher's position well in place of Santiago and contributing to the offense. Again, tipped hats to Joe Nathan for his flawless pitching.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps and other articles for SFDugout.com. Sara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org