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LP M. Batista (6-4) 5IP 6H 5R 4ER 2BB 2SO 2HR 3.00 ERA
The game was a crazy one from the start. JT Snow and Marquis Grissom reached base with one out to bring up Barry Bonds. Though Bob Brenly had said they would pitch around Bonds, Diamondbacks starter Miguel Batista showed no signs of walking the slugger. Instead, Batista proceeded to strike out Bonds swinging.
The threat wasn't over, however. Jose Cruz, Jr., who had been warming up as of late, worked the count to 2-2 before singling to center field which was misplayed by Steve Finley. Snow and Grissom both scored, and Cruz ended up on third, but Neifi Perez grounded out to end the inning.
The Diamondbacks got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. With two out, Luis Gonzalez walked. The red-hot Shea Hillenbrand then doubled to left field to score Gonzalez, making the score 2-1.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
San Francisco added another pair of runs in the top of the third. Snow, who reached base a total of four times, worked a 7-pitch walk. Grissom then promptly hit a long one out to pad the Giants' lead to 3.
In the top of the fifth, Bonds added a homer of his own - a solo shot out to right field. Bonds now leads the National League in home runs with 29 and has homered 7 times in the last 8 games.
Dbacks starter Miguel Batista lasted only five innings, giving up 5 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 homeruns.
Catcher Chad Moeller led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. Lyle Overbay singled, and Quinton McCracken followed suit, scoring Moeller.
The Giants added yet another two runs in the top of the seventh. After Schmidt struck out, Ray Durham doubled. JT Snow singled to score the speedy Durham. The streaking Grissom followed that up with another single. Barry Bonds then walked on four extremely borderline pitches. So borderline that both third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and skipper Bob Brenly were tossed. The walk turned into a run when Cruz, Jr. flew out to score Snow on third.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Diamondbacks got their third and last run off Schmidt when Mark Kata homered. Schmidt ended the night with 8 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs - all earned, 2 walks, and one home run while striking out 8.
The ninth was the wildest inning of all. The Giants added three runs to their total. Snow led off the inning like he did the third. Grissom capped off a spectacular four-hit night with a double. With Bonds up and the team already down by four runs, the pitcher, Andrew Good, intentionally walked Bonds to load the bases. Cruz, Jr. then got his third RBI of the night by walking. Neifi Perez singled to score Grissom. Edgardo Alfonzo capped off the three-run rally with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Giants would need every one of those three runs because the Diamondbacks came back storming with four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Tim Worrell had an uncharacteristic bad outing. Worrell recorded only one out, which required 26 pitches. Worrell gave up 4 runs, though one was due to a rare JT Snow error. Eyre also allowed one of Worrell's baserunners to score when he got Luis Gonzalez to ground out. Felix Rodriguez finally ended the game when he got Shea Hillenbrand to fly out. Rodriguez notched his second save having pitched only two pitches.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Schmidt. Another great outing - though he didn't go the whole way. I know, what a disappointment! And a mention to Marquis Grissom who had four hits today. He seems to always save his best for the west, no?
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