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LP J. Jennings (3-5) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 3BB 4SO 0HR 5.40 ERA
Jason Jennings should thank the slumping Jose Cruz Jr for helping him get out of a jam in the bottom of the second. Jennings walked both J.T. Snow and Edgardo Alfonzo to give the giants a two-on, no-out situation. However, Cruz hit a ground ball right to Rockies second baseman Ronnie Belliard, causing a 4-6-3 double play to get both Alfonzo and Cruz out. Snow moved to third on the play. Giants starter, Jesse Foppert, struck out swinging to squelch any chance of a rally.
Foppert and Jennings combined got 14 consecutive hitters out between the top of the 3rd and the top of the 5th. But in the bottom of the fifth, the Giants broke the mold.
Alfonzo belted a deep triple to right center to lead off the inning and Cruz grounded out to first. This brought up Foppert.
Now, at this point, Foppert had never had a major league hit. He had not even had a single sacrifice bunt to his record. He had gone 0 for 14 so far in his major league career. The only time he had ever gotten on base was when he was hit by a pitch.
Yet tonight was most certainly his night, because he, like Alfonzo, hit a triple to right center, to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Marquis Grissom grounded out to third, but Ray Durham got his first hit of the night with a hit to left, driving in Foppert.
The game remained 2-0 until the top of the seventh. Foppert was cruising along, so far with a one-hit shutout. Larry Walker hit a bloop into center field for a base hit. Jose Hernandez and former Giants catcher Bobby Estalella added to the K count of Foppert. But Walker broke for second on the pitch that struck out Estalella. Santiago's throw bounced once and Walker had a stolen base.
This was an important play, because Greg Norton hit a blooper that Barry Bonds couldn't quite get to. It went out of play for a ground rule double, which was quite lucky for the Giants. Norton could have gotten a triple if it wasn't for the ball going out of play. But either way, the result remained. Foppert's chances for a shutout were broken.
Neither team scored again in the game. The Giants had Felix Rodriguez pitching a perfect ninth, and Tim Worrell pitching a perfect ninth to end the game and give the Giants a four-game winning streak.
SFDugout.com Player of the Game: There is an obvious winner here. Jesse Foppert did an amazing job in both pitching and hitting. He pitched seven solid innings, giving up just one run, three hits, two walks, and striking out eight Rockies. He also was a part of both San Francisco runs. He had an RBI triple, and scored on Durham's single. That is truly a pitcher helping himself out.
Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org