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LP A. Cook (2-5) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 6BB 1SO 0HR 5.29 ERA
Fortunately, that's what they got.
Kirk Rueter came onto the mound looking for vengeance against the Rockies at home. In his last start, Rueter only lasted 4 1/3 innings. This time, Rueter delivered a strong performance going 7 1/3 innings allowing 7 hits, one walk, and no earned runs. He received help from the infielders, who turned two double plays.
Aaron Cook, however, didn't have the same luck. The Giants tried a new lineup against the right-handed pitcher, with J.T. Snow batting in the two spot, Ray Durham hitting after Barry Bonds, and Yorvit Torrealba batting 8th - giving Benito Santiago the day off.
The Giants were the first to score. In the first inning, with one out, Snow drew a walk and Rich Aurilia singled to right. Bonds came up to the plate and hit one out into Death Valley, bringing in Snow and Aurilia. This brought the score to 2-0.
The Giants would extend their lead by two in the third inning. Torrealba doubled to deep left center, bringing in Durham, who had doubled earlier, and Jose Cruz Jr., who drew a walk.
The game would stay at 4-0. Rueter continued to shut out the Rockies with the help of the bullpen – Joe Nathan, Scott Eyre and Felix Rodriguez. The Rockies just couldn't get that hit to bring them on the board although they did lead the game in hits. With this win, the Giants extended their winning streak to 5 and their lead on the Dodgers to 4.5.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Kirk Rueter. With a bad game on his shoulders, which was against the Rockies. Woody came through and pitched a beauty. He did what the Giants had hoped for; giving Alou more innings and his bullpen more rest. Recognition also goes out to J.T. Snow, who did a fine job in the number two hole. It sure seems like everyone does good in that two spot.
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