Rewind: Dbacks vs Giants, Game #4

With the starting rotation in a frenzy, Chad Zerbe, last man out of the pen, made a quick emergency start. Starting for Arizona would be young, talented Brandon Webb. Today, 39 years ago, Barry Lamar Bonds was born. Fast forward 39 years, and with a little help from Ray Durham and the bullpen, Bonds was able to hand the Giants and the fans a few gifts.

July 24, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 12 1
San Francisco 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 0

WP T. Worrell (3-3) 2/3IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 1.89 ERA
LP M. Myers (0-1) 0IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0SO 1HR 6.15 ERA

For the Giants, every day there has been a different hero.

Today, there were seven.

The scoring began on a Ray Durham homer in the bottom of the third, his fifth of the year. The Giants would hear more from Durham later on.

It seems like no matter who the Giants throw up there as a starter, they can do no wrong. San Francisco got an unbelievable performance from reliever Chad Zerbe. Zerbe pitched 4.1 innings of shutout ball before he finally gave up a run to the Arizona ballclub. Webb led the inning off with a double (due to fan interference). He advanced to third on Alex Cintron's single and scored on Luis Gonzalez's weak groundout. Zerbe then exited the game having pitched 4.2 quality innings and the game tied.

On the flip side, Webb was dealing for Arizona. He matched each zero tossed up by the Giants bullpen. Webb pitched 8 innings and allowed only two runs – both coming off the bat of Ray Durham. He received a no decision.

In the top of the eighth, Arizona finally broke out for a run against Matt Herges who came in in relief of Chad Zerbe. With two out, Steve Finley singled. He then scored on Junior Spivey's double.

Arizona did not have that lead for long. In the bottom of that same inning, Durham homered yet again to tie things up at two.

Felix Rodriguez, Jason Christiansen, and Tim Worrell combined for a scoreless ninth, thanks to a great play from Barry Bonds. After Rodriguez failed to retire either Craig Counsell or Alex Cintron, skipper Felipe Alou handed the ball to Christiansen.

With men on first and second, no out, and the Diamondbacks' leading RBI-man standing at the plate, Christiansen needed only three pitches to dispose of Luis Gonzalez, striking him out swinging. Christiansen's job done, Alou went to reliable reliever turned closer, Tim Worrell. Worrell gave up a single to Shea Hillenbrand, fielded cleanly by Barry Bonds. As the speedy Counsell darted around third, Bonds geared up and made a strong, accurate throw to home plate, gunning down the would-be go-ahead run, shocking everyone. The game remained tied. Worrell then quickly ended the inning by getting Finley to pop out on the next pitch.

Mike Myers, the Diamondbacks' "Barry Bonds specialist" came in to face the now 39-year-old legend. Myers threw only one pitch, and Bonds ended the game right then and there. It was a truly beautiful shot, as many of his shots have been. But hardly few have been as sweet, as today's resulted in a walk-off win. As he neared home plate, the entire Giants team came running out of the dugout to greet him as he scored the winning run.

Game Notes: With today's win, the Giants swept the Diamondbacks and added yet another game to their ever growing lead in the NL West. This is the second time this season the Giants have swept Arizona. Today was Durham's first multi-homer game since October 5, 2000. Bonds' walkoff homer today was the sixth of his career. He has now surpassed Willie McCovey for most homers as a San Francisco Giant.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Oh man. I gotta give it to Mr. Bonds. No questions asked – he came up big today. He was money. And how can I not give a mention to the bullpen? The bullpen has been spectacular this year for the Giants and practically every time I mention them. Chad Zerbe came through big. And of course Ray Durham, today's forgotten man. He was two-thirds of the offense today, and he'll just be a bit of a side note due to Barry's walkoff shot – but that's okay with Ray. He just wanted to go home.



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