Rewind: Giants at Astros, Game #3

Jerome Williams' first outing this season was not very successful. He gave up five runs in six innings. However, he was pitching better than he had been in the Cactus League. Relievers Kevin Walker and Leo Estrella fared even more poorly than Williams.

Things did not start off well for Jerome Williams and the Giants. Craig Biggio hit a line drive to right field that bounced into the stands for a ground rule double. While Williams got the next two batters out, RBI man Jeff Kent doubled to right, scoring Biggio.

To start off the second inning, Richard Hidalgo hit a solo shot off Williams. Morgan Ensberg walked, and tried to advance on Clemens single, but was tagged out at third by Pedro Feliz.

Williams started off the third inning by hitting Adam Everett with a pitch. Then Everett stole second base, but there was no need to, because Jeff Bagwell launched a two-run jack to left center field to make the score 4-0. Fortunately, Williams was able to strike out Hidalgo to end the inning.

Another Biggio double, an Everett sacrifice, and a Bagwell sac fly gave Houston their fifth run. A good sign for Williams was that he pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning before being relieved by Kevin Walker.

Walker, however, was not able to keep the game close. After getting two outs, he gave up a single to Everett, walked Bagwell, and Kent hit a three-run blast off of him, making the contest an 8-0 blowout.

The Giants received a double by Marquis Grissom and a single by Neifi Perez to finally score their first run in the eighth. Tony Torcato added a single, but he and Perez were left stranded on first and second.

Leo Estrella coughed up a leadoff double to Hidalgo, but was able to get the next two batters out. Pinch-hitter Orlando Palmerio hit a double to deep center, knocking Hidalgo in. Bagwell singled and enabled Palmerio to come around to score. Estrella proceeded to load the bases with two outs, but Wayne Franklin got out of the jam with one pitch.

The Giants ended their game with Pedro Feliz and A.J. Pierzynski striking out consecutively. Nevertheless, the Giants still took their opening series in Houston and get on board to San Diego to help the Padres open their new ballpark.

SFDugout Player of the Game: Marquis Grissom. He made a spectacular throw to gun down Ensberg on a crucial play at the moment. He also scored the Giants' only run of the game. Also, Neifi Perez should be mentioned because he continues his hot hitting by knocking in the Giants' only run.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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