Giants Fall To Dbacks In The End

It was a seesaw battle between two NL West rivals. The Diamondbacks hold a perfect record against the Giants in the Spring, and extended that streak today when their six-run tenth inning was too much for the Giants.

For the first time this Spring, the Giants handed the ball to Ryan Jensen. The Dbacks sent Elmer Dessens to the mound.

Arizona started the game off when Richie Sexson doubled and came around to score on Shea Hillenbrand's sacrifice fly.

The Giants' first run came in the third inning when Ray Durham, back from a stiff-neck injury, led off with a single. Edgardo Alfonzo drove him home with a base hit.

Sexson hit a two-run jack off Noah Lowry in the sixth inning to give the Dbacks a 3-1 lead.

However, the Giants' real awakening came in their half of the sixth inning, when A.J. Pierzynski singled and Todd Linden and Daniel Ortmeier both drew walks. With the bases loaded, Dustan Mohr smashed a triple to right-center field off Andrew Good that emptied the bases, and to put the Giants ahead for the time being.

With the Giants down by one in the eighth, Francisco Santos blasted a solo hot potato to tie the game.

The real blow came in the tenth inning, when Matt Kata hit a three-run roundtripper. An infield error and RBI hits by Josh Kroeger and Chris Snyder gave Lee Gardner his first loss as the Giants were unable to answer in their half of the tenth. Notes: Despite it being his father's birthday, Barry Bonds did play in the game today and had three plate appearances, drawing two walks and lining out once... The Giants cut their roster today, sending 21 players back to minor league camps. Players they kept were pitchers David Aardsma, Lee Gardner, and Tyler Walker, infielders Brian Dallimore and Francisco Santos, and outfielder Nathan Haynes.

March 15, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 6 12 14 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 6 12 3

WP Greg Aquino(1-1), LP Lee Gardner (0-1)

Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at

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