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LP K. Ishii (9-7) 4IP 8H 7R 7ER 4BB 2SO 2HR 3.86 ERA
It was a battle of lefties as the Dodgers sent Kazuhisa Ishii to the mound, who has been struggling lately, including his last start against the Giants. The Giants counter with Kirk Rueter, who was seeking his tenth win of the season in his final tune-up before the playoffs.
Ishii continued to struggle against the Giants as he gave up a lead off double to Ray Durham. He walked Marquis Grissom on a full count, which brought Rich Aurilia to the plate. After being called for a balk, Ishii laid a low fastball over the plate where Aurilia crushed his thirteenth hot potato of the season into left field.
Ishii was not able to get the Giants out as Barry Bonds singled to right field, but Edgardo Alfonzo flied out to shallow center to become the first retired hitter of the inning. Benito Santiago lined over the head of left fielder, Jeromy Burnitz, for a double, bringing Bonds to third. Andres Galarraga was called out on strikes and Jose Cruz, Jr. drew a walk to load the bases, but Rueter grounded out to finally end the inning, after Ishii made 42 pitches.
The Giants added more to the scoreboard as Alfonzo reached base when his blooper fell between Shawn Green and Dave Roberts. Santiago drew a walk, and Galarraga struck out again. Cruz coaxed another walk to load the bases again, and Rueter grounded into a fielder's choice as Alfonzo was out at the plate. With the bases still loaded and two outs, things were beginning to look frustrating again for the Giants.
Durham gave them a sigh of relief as he smoked a ball to center field where he did not miss a grand slam by much. A fan appeared to have interfered with the ball, and if the fan had not touched the ball, it would have been gone. Nonetheless, Durham had a triple and three RBIs.
On the other side, Rueter was sailing along and retired the first 10 batters he faced. No Dodger had reached base until the fourth inning when Jolbert Cabrera had an infield single, but was able to take second base on a throwing error by Aurilia that was not held by Galarraga at first.
Green singled through the left field hole, and Cabrera challenged Bonds' throwing arm as he raced for the plate. Bonds' throw was wide and the Dodgers scored their first run. Adrian Beltre singled to center field and Green took third base, but Ron Coomer promptly hit into a 6-4- 3 double play to end the inning.
Bonds single-handedly got that run back for the Giants as he bolted his 45th season shot to right-center field over death valley. This was his 658th career roundtripper, which brings him only two away from Willie Mays' 660.
The Giants continued to add to their lead as Galarraga singled in the fifth. Rueter reached on an error by Cabrera that could have been a potential double play, and Durham doubled to drive in Galarraga. Grissom singled up the middle to bring in Rueter and Durham as the 9th and 10th runs for the Giants in the game. Aurilia grounded into a comebacker and was out at first on a very close play, but the call stayed and it ended the inning.
Leaving with a 10-1 lead, Rueter gave the ball to Jim Brower in the sixth, who was struggling a bit with his command, but managed to get out of the inning without any damage. Brower gave up two singles to begin the seventh inning, but struck out the next two batters and got a ground ball out to keep the Dodgers from inducing anymore damage.
Scott Eyre took over in the eighth and gave up the Dodgers' first extra base hit of the night. After his double, Cabrera tried to take third base on a grounder hit to short by Mike Kinkade, but was tagged out on the throw by Aurilia to Pedro Feliz, who came into the game in place of Alfonzo.
Rookie Noah Lowry finished the game for the Giants and pitched a scoreless inning in the ninth.
Game Notes: Jose Cruz, Jr. drew his 100th walk in the third inning... With his homerun and single, Rich Aurilia is only one hit away from 1,000 career hits... The Giants are 19-8 in Kirk Rueter's starts this season... Pinch hitter Tony Torcato received his first major league beam ball in the seventh... The Florida Marlins have clinched the Wild Card and will be at Pac Bell Park to face the Giants on Tuesday for Game One of the playoffs... The Dodgers were eliminated from the Wild Card race before coming to San Francisco... Marquis Grissom was presented with the Willie Mac Award in a pre-game ceremony.
Players of the Game: This was an explosive offensive night for the Giants, but the pitching could not go unnoticed. This was a great tune- up for Kirk Rueter, who looks like he's ready to pitch in the playoffs, and Noah Lowry had a solid outing out of the bullpen, proving to be a great prospect for the Giants. Ray Durham had a great day with three extra base hits and four RBIs. Marquis Grissom, after receiving the Willie Mac Award, had a great night also, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs. Rich Aurilia put the Giants ahead in the first with a three-run jack, and again, we must mention Mr. Barry Bonds, who is only two away from #660.
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