Giants Jack Angels

The Giants had an opportunity to cash in against the starting pitcher in their painful game seven, and they did. With a spectacular performance from four homeruns, even the Angels' ninth inning scare wasn't enough for a comeback.

It was homerun derby for the Giants today, as they had revenge on their recent World Series nemesis, John Lackey. The Giants sent the struggling Ryan Jensen to the mound.

In the bottom of the first inning, Ray Durham drew a walk from Lackey, then came around to score when J.T. Snow smashed a roundtripper to right field, giving the Giants a two-run advantage. Barry Bonds proceeded to bolt a solo shot, boosting the Giants to three runs.

The Angels' lone run in the first two innings came when Vladimir Guerrero hit a sacrifice fly.

The Giants continued cashing in against Lackey as he struggled with his control in the third inning. Durham and Snow both drew walks to begin the inning, and Pedro Feliz smashed a hot potato that cushioned the Giants' lead to 6-1. With one out, Marquis Grissom got on safely with an infield hit, and Michael Tucker bolted his first jack of the Spring, and bloated the Giants to eight runs.

The Angels attempted to come back in the fourth as Jensen gave up a lead off walk. Troy Glaus smashed a two-run shot to give the Angels two runs. With a runner on second, Alfredo Amezaga hit a triple to put the Angels at four runs. Jeff DaVanon grounded out, but Amezaga scored on the play. This gave Jensen the exit to the game, making way for lefty Jeff Urban, who retired the next batter, Adam Kennedy, on one pitch to end the inning.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Lackey was out of the game for Anaheim. Francisco Santos, in the game for Snow, tripled down the right field line, and came in to score on a wild pitch, giving the Giants a 9-5 advantage.

The Giants got another run in the eight as an error allowed Brian Dallimore to score from third.

Jason Christiansen came into the game in the ninth for the Giants after Brian Cooper and Lee Gardner pitched scoreless innings. And thanks to an error and some ground balls that found holes, the Angels posted three more runs on the board. However, the Giants were able to hold onto the lead for the win.

March 20, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim Angels 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 8 11 1
San Francisco Giants 3 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 x 9 12 1

WP Ryan Jensen(-0), LP John Lackey (0-2)



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 SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com

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