Giants Fall Short To A's

The Giants were shut down by Tim Hudson, who showed San Francisco why he is the ace of the impressive Oakland pitching staff. The Giants' bullpen, on the other hand, with the help of poor defense, had a horrible performance.

Oakland sent their ace, Tim Hudson, to pitch against the Giants' Brett Tomko. Hudson made short work of the Giants, and Tomko pitched just as well, but he was unable to shut down Oakland.

Oakland got on board in the first when Jermaine Dye jacked a two-run shot against Tomko. After that, Tomko did not give up anymore runs. On the other hand, Hudson was lights out against the Giants, and were shutting them down through six innings.

Because of an error by Pedro Feliz at short that could have initiated a double play, Oakland added to their lead as Dye collected another RBI with a single against Merkin Valdez. Scott Hatteberg hit a long sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to give the A's another run in the sixth.

With the bases loaded, Marco Scutaro knocked in Oakland's third run of the inning with a base hit against Chad Zerbe. The bases were still jammed with Oakland players, and Zerbe walked in a run, boosting the A's lead to 6-0. Damian Miller and Scutaro came around to score on blooper by Mike Rouse, giving the A's a total of eight runs. With a headlong dive, Dustan Mohr made a spectacular catch to finally end the inning.

Todd Linden led off the eighth inning with a double. Francisco Santos got onboard with a single, and Doster doubled to bring in the Giants' first run. Brian Dallimore drove in a run as Oakland's Chris Hammond gave up the fourth hit this inning. Carlos Valderrama grounded out on a fielder's choice, but Doster scored on the play for the Giants' third run.

Even though the Giants' bullpen had been struggling today, Jim Brower came into the game and retired the only three batters he faced. David Aardsma also pitched a scoreless inning.

In the ninth, with a throwing error by Oakland, Tony Torcato got onboard, and came around to score on a fielder's choice ground out. Francisco Santos had an automatic double when he scroched a ball that bounced over the outfield wall. With the help of the Arizona wind, Dalimore blooped a double and enabled two runners to score, bringing the Giants to six runs. However, the Giants' offense came too late as Jamie Athias struck out with a runner on second to end the game.

March 21, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 6 10 2
Oakland Athletics 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 x 8 8 1

WP Tim Hudson(2-1), LP Brett Tomko (1-1)

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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