Giants And Rangers Play Seesaw

The Giants and Rangers handed the lead back and forth throughout the game, but in the end, a few long balls helped the Giants take the win in the first exhibition game at SBC Park.

Kirk Rueter headed to the mound for a last minute tune-up before being the Opening Day starter. The Texas Rangers countered Rueter with former Dodger, Chan Ho Park.

The Giants got started early in the first inning as J.T. Snow hit a one-out double. Michael Tucker smashed a two-run opposite field jack to give the Giants a 2-0 advantage.

After pitching two scoreless innings, Rueter took his exit and made way for Brett Tomko.

With a runner on board, Michael Young collected an RBI for the Rangers' first run. Tomko continued to struggle in the third as he walked the bases loaded when Young and Alfonso Soriano were on board. Herbert Perry was at the plate and he hit a single towards the left field gap. Thanks to an error throw by Neifi Perez to Snow at first, another run was able to score, putting Texas on top.

The nightmare inning continued for Tomko as a double by Kevin Mench knocked in another run for Texas. All runs came on two outs, but Tomko finally got out of the inning as a ground out to third ended the threat.

Tucker followed his roundtripper with a triple in the third, but Bonds was retired thanks to the shift put on for him to end the inning, stranding Tucker at third.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ray Durham belted a solo jack to put the Giants within one run. Snow followed that with a double down the left field line, and Tucker hit an automatic double to bring Snow in as the fourth run, tying the game. After Bonds and Edgardo Alfonzo struck out, A.J. Pierzynski hit a double to post Jason Ellison, pinch-running for Tucker, who was three-fourths of the way to hitting for the cycle, as the go-ahead run. Reliever Joaquin Benoit struck out Perez to end inning.

David Dellucci's triple helped the Rangers knot the game again in the seventh. Young blooped a single to centerfield and put Texas ahead as Dellucci scored the Rangers' sixth run. After a double play ball, Tomko left the game to make way for lefty, Jeff Urban.

In the seventh, the Giants got the lead back when Brian Dallimore got on board with a bunt single. Pierzynski crushed a fastball to deep centerfield for a hot potato, putting the Giants ahead 7-6.

David Aardsma, one of the top prospects for the Giants, came in to pitch the eighth, but walked a batter and hit another. He made his exit for Jason Christiansen, who struck out two lefties, stranding the runners on base and maintaining the Giants' lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Pedro Feliz beat out an infield single, and Deivi Cruz advanced to third on an error. With the bases loaded, Todd Linden struck out to end the inning and the potential chance of widening the gap.

Matt Herges, being the closer until Robb Nen returns from recovering, got the save in the ninth.

Notes: Deivi Cruz had his first two at-bats for the Giants since being acquired this week. He struck out and was hit by a pitch... Jason Schmidt's progress looks promising, and may be able to pitch against the Padres... Jeffrey Hammonds' recovery is also going well, and may be able to play on Opening Day... Robb Nen is reported as not able to pitch until mid-April, or the end of April.

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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