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LP A. Almanza (3-1) 1.2IP 2H 2R 2ER 0BB 1SO 1HR 3.06 ERA
S T. Worrell (9) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO 0HR 2.00 ERA
Jason Schmidt took the hill for the Giants, and Carl Pavano for the Marlins. Schmidt had just come off a simply electric start – a complete game shutout. He delivered another ace-like performance again: holding the Marlins to just two runs in 6 innings while allowing just three hits, walking one, and striking out eight.
The Marlins got something started off Schmidt right away. With one out, Luis Castillo walked. Ivan Rodriguez then poked a little liner into right field, and Castillo advanced to third. Mike Lowell then hit a soaring fly ball which, right off the bat, looked to be long gone. Instead, it was a deep flyout. Easily scoring was the speedy Castillo to give the Fish an early 1-0 lead.
That one run would remain unanswered for five frames as Pavano cruised twice through the lineup. After Rich Aurilia fouled out, Barry Bonds tied it up as only Barry Bonds can – hitting a majestic homer over the centerfield wall, the 623rd of his career.
The game didn't remain tied for long. The Marlins regained the lead when Rodriguez hit a round-tripper of his own to give the Fish a one run advantage.
The Giants immediately answered back. Benito Santiago led off the inning with a double off the left field wall. Alfonzo continued his hot-streak by poking a little grounder through the hole between the third baseman and the shortstop. After Grissom failed to bring Santiago home, Schmidt was lifted for Andres Galaragga. Tim Spooneybarger was then called from the bullpen to face the Big Cat. The Marlins got the groundball they were looking for, only the grounder found its way through the infield, allowing Santiago to score.
Later, Santiago would untie it for good. With Jose Cruz, Jr. at first and two down, the catcher slapped the ball over the right field wall for a two-run jack and to give the Giants a 4-2 lead.
The Giants bullpen would hold that lead. Joe Nathan and Tim Worrell combined for three shutout innings and did not allow a single hit while striking out five. Nathan picked up his third win of the year.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Where would the Giants be without the performance of Joe Nathan? Nathan continues to be unhittable and maintains his ERA of well… nothing. Likewise, the Giants certainly wouldn't be 22-9 without the aid of the ageless, Benito Santiago and Andres Galarraga.
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