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LP G. Stephenson (4-8) 7IP 2H 3R 3ER 3BB 3SO 1HR 4.29 ERA
S T. Worrell (18) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 1.64 ERA
The rookie ran into trouble immediately in the bottom of the first. Williams hit the leadoff batter, Bo Hart, on the first pitch he threw. He then walked Orlando Palmeiro to put two men on with no one out and the heart of the lineup coming up. After tying his shoes, Williams came back to strike out Albert Pujols, induce a flyball from Jim Edmonds, end the inning by getting Scott Rolen to whiff.
Cardinals' starter Garrett Stephenson practically handed the Giants a run in the top of the second. He walked Barry Bonds to lead off the inning. With one out, Stephenson walked Jose Cruz, Jr. Then he walked Pedro Feliz to walk the bases loaded. Edgardo Alfonzo then hit a fly ball out to left field to score Bonds.
Bonds would score another run by batting himself in. Leading off the fourth, Bonds slammed a rocket out over the right field wall for his 23rd home run of the season.
The Giants continued with small ball in the top of the seventh. Feliz batted home another run when he flied out to left field with Benito Santiago at third to give the visiting team a three-run advantage.
The Cardinals offense just couldn't get going the entire night. Though they continually threatened against the Giants rookie starter, Williams continued to find ways out of trouble. Finally in the seventh, they seemed to get something going. Edgar Renteria led off the seventh with a single. Tino Martinez then walked. Kerry Robinson took everyone by surprise by bunting himself on. With the bases loaded, Felipe Alou went to the bullpen, replacing Williams with Joe Nathan. After fouling one off, Mike Matheny hit into a double play. Renteria came in from third to score the only run the Cardinals would score all game.
Barry Bonds tacked on yet another run in the ninth by hitting a majestic home run off Jason Isringhausen. Before tonight, Bonds was 0-11 against Isringhausen with 3 strikeouts.
Tim Worrell came in the ninth and got the save on 9 pitches.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Tonight's call goes to the pitching. Jerome Williams came back to pitch another beautiful game, proving his previous was hardly a fluke. Williams struck out seven, a career high. Joe Nathan and Felix Rodriguez managed to get out of some tough spots nicely, and Worrell came in and shut down the game in rather quick fashion. Cheers!
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