Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #2

The Giants started today's game, five games under .500 and 5.5 games behind the rolling Dodgers. After a heart-breaking 12-inning loss, Jerome Williams, who was brilliant in his last start, took the mound facing Jeff Weaver looking to repeat his last performance.

The game started out with a high note when Ray Durham led off with a solo homer, his second in the week. With one out, Edgardo Alfonzo slashed a ground rule double to right field. Not surprisingly, Barry Bonds drew the intentional walk. After Jeffrey Hammonds lined out, AJ Pierzynski got hit by a pitch to load the bases for Michael Tucker. Tucker then ripped a double to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.

After having a perfect first, Jerome Williams struggled a bit in the bottom of the second. He hit Shawn Green on a 1-2 pitch and then allowed a single to Paul Lo Duca. Juan Encarnacion then hit a grounder to Neifi Perez, but managed to beat it out to prevent the double play. With one out, Adrian Beltre lined one to right field, allowing Shawn Green to score.

Then, both pitchers went into a groove. Both threw six consecutive scoreless innings.

By the eighth inning, it was clear Weaver was starting to run out of gas. Alfonzo singled to lead off the inning, which was followed by the third of Bonds's walks. Hammonds then worked a walk, bringing up Pierzynski with the bases loaded. Pierzynski promptly dumped a flare into left field to easily score Alfonzo and Bonds, giving the Giants another two runs which they would later need.

Williams took his game into the ninth. After striking out Jason Grabowski, who entered the game after Milton Bradley was tossed arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the first, Green singled on a 1-2 pitch. Williams fell behind Lo Duca 3-0, but came back to get the Dodger catcher to fly out. But on the first pitch to Juan Encarnacion, Encarnacion took it deep to cut the four-run lead in half. After throwing 116 pitches, Williams's night was over and Felix Rodriguez was called in to face Beltre. Rodriguez walked Beltre on four straight pitches, and so, Matt Herges was brought in to face pinch hitter Jose Hernandez. Hernandez got caught looking, and Herges earned his sixth save of the year.

Player of the Game: Without a doubt, Jerome Williams. Jerome went deeper than any other Giants starter all year and pitched beautifully. After such a rocky spring and a horrendous first start, it is nice to see Jerome bounce back for three consecutive strong outings. Also, props to AJ Pierzynski, who seems to be finally getting out of his funk. His two RBI were huge, and ultimately, the difference in the game.



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