The Giants started their home run derby in the bottom of the first. Ray Durham singled to lead off the inning. Capuano tried to pick off Durham and would have except he balked. On trying to get back to first, Durham appeared to have tweaked something, but stayed in the game. With Durham on second and one out, Marquis Grissom slammed one to left field to give the Giants a quick 2-0 advantage. After the inning, Durham was pulled out of the game, and Cody Ransom was sent in as a defensive replacement.
In the bottom of the third, Grissom came up again. Once again, Capuano surrendered another round-tripper to the Giants centerfielder, this time a solo shot. The Giants now led 3-0.
Meanwhile, Hermanson was cruising along until the sixth when he loaded the bases with only one out. Junior Spivey hit a medium deep fly ball to center field, but it was deep enough to allow Chad Moeller to tag up. Hermanson was then pulled in favor of Kevin Walker to face left handed slugger Geoff Jenkins. After running the count full, Walker managed to strike Jenkins out.
The Giants would tack on another run in the bottom of the seventh. With no men on and two outs, Barry Bonds took one mighty hack and sent one soaring into McCovey Cove for career homer #661, pushing him one homer ahead of Willie Mays.
Jim Brower pitched a perfect seventh inning and came out to pitch the eighth. With two outs, Podsednik singled again and then stole second. Craig Counsell slapped a ball to third base just deep enough for an infield hit. Felix Rodriguez was called from the bullpen but gave up an RBI single to Junior Spivey. With Jenkins coming up representing the go ahead run, Jason Christensen came in. On the first pitch, Jenkins flew out.
Matt Herges came in and threw a shutout ninth, earning his fifth save of the year.
Player of the Game: So another historic swing from Barry Bonds. What else is new? But it's not every day you see someone hit career homer 661, so Bonds definitely takes the honor today. Grissom deserves a mention as well, as he was the real difference in today's game, with two homers and three RBI.
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