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LP K. Ainsworth (3-3) 6 2/3IP 9H 6R 5ER 2BB 1SO 1HR 4.56 ERA
On a windy night where the Giants tried to avoid a four game losing streak, Kurt Ainsworth took the mound against Tomo Ohka.
The Expos started off the game by scoring in the top of the first inning. Vladimir Guerrero began his damage with a double to drive in Orlando Cabrera, who also doubled.
In the top of the third, Endy Chavez singled and advanced on a wild pitch by Ainsworth. Cabrera grounded out, but Chavez was able to take third base on the play. Jose Vidro hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Chavez. Guerrero collected another double, and Wil Cordero hit a high pop up, but it fell between Neifi Perez and Jose Cruz, Jr. Guerrero, who was running once the bat had contact with the ball, scored. The San Francisco wind continued to play tricks on the Giants as a ball hit by Ron Calloway tapped off the glove of Marquis Grissom, enabling Cordero to score and giving Calloway a triple, making the score 4-0.
Ohka was making it look easy as he retired every batter in the Giants lineup on low pitch counts in the first four innings. The Giants seemed to be low on luck and breaks through the first half of this game, but in the bottom of the fifth, the Giants showed signs of life.
Benito Santiago led off with a double and J.T. Snow, finally hitting the ball again, singled to bring Santiago to third. The crowd at Pac Bell Park roared as Edgardo Alfonzo ripped a three run round-tripper to left centerfield, making it a one run game. This sent Ohka back to the dugout with Dan Smith coming in relief. Perez singled off Smith, Ainsworth bunted Perez to second, Grissom grabbed another hit, and Rich Aurilia drew a walk to load the bases for Barry Bonds. Bonds popped the ball up in front of home plate and was called out. The Expos' infield, not knowing the infield fly rule, tagged home plate on the "supposedly" forced out on Perez. While the Expos were celebrating the double play, Perez kept his eye on the home plate umpire, Jeff Joyce, who never called Perez out. Perez slowly jogged into home and tapped his foot on the plate and was called safe by Joyce, tying the game at four.
The tie seemed to have given Ainsworth more confidence as he went through the sixth inning and retired two batters in the seventh inning with no trouble. The young right hander soon found out what happens when a pitcher walks the man before Vlad instead of getting him out.
Guerrero smashed a two run jack into the deepest part of centerfield, regaining the lead for the Expos, and sending the rookie, Ainsworth back to the dugout.
Jim Brower finished off the inning for Ainsworth and Scott Eyre came in the eighth inning, easily retiring the first three batters he faced. Tim Worrell, after not pitching for five days, finished off the Expos in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants looked to stay alive against Rocky Biddle. Snow hit a single, but only to have Alfonzo ground into a double play. Perez popped out to end the game.
It was another frustrating night offensively for the Giants, who grounded into five double plays. It was also frustrating defensively, thanks to the wind blowing from San Francisco Bay. A few costly errors committed by the Giants' usual solid defense may have been the determining factor of the outcome of the game. But hey, things happen. The Giants will look to avoid their first sweep in fourteen hours.
SFDugout.com Player(s) of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo is finally, FINALLY showing signs of hot hitting, especially tonight when he jacked the three runner to get the Giants back into the game. He also made some impressive defensive plays. Marquis Grissom is overlooked tonight because everytime he got on base, he was stranded or forced out in a DP, but he was perfect in the batter's box. Tipped hats to Scott Eyre as well, who came into the game and got the job done, retiring the Expos one-two-three, no questions asked. We also cannot forget the brilliant play Neifi Perez made in the bottom of the fifth to bring tie the game. That's some smart baseball.
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 email@example.com