Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #3

The Giants went into this series seeking revenge for the sweep that happened a week ago. With a win last night and momentum swinging their way, they felt confident to take the series in L.A. However, things didn't pan out that way, as the Giants fell horribly to their long-time rivals.

Dustin Hermanson was scheduled to start the rubber match against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was unavailable due to a sore lower back. The Giants, instead, sent rookie Brian Cooper to the mound to counter the Dodgers' Kazuhisa Ishii.

The Dodgers got on the board first in the bottom of the second as Cooper started the inning off by hitting Adrian Beltre with a pitch. Beltre went to third on a throwing error by Pedro Feliz, making the start at first against the lefty Ishii, on Juan Encarnacion's grounder. Eighth place hitter, Alex Cora, then belted just his 18th career jack to give L.A. an early 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third with no outs, Cesar Izturis and Milton Bradley hit consecutive solo shots against Cooper to boost the Dodgers to a 5-0 lead. It was Izturis' fifth career roundtripper. Shawn Green drew a walk, and Beltre blooped a single to right field. Encarnacion hit a grounder to first, and Feliz threw home to catch Green in a rundown between third and home. Green was tagged out, but on the play, Beltre went to third and Encarnacion slid into second safely.

David Ross lined to left field, and Beltre tagged and scored the sixth Dodgers' run. Cora was intentionally walked so Cooper could get to the pitcher. Ishii grounded out to second to end the inning.

Through four innings, Ishii was flawless, retiring twelve Giants in a row until he gave up a walk to Edgardo Alfonzo with two outs and Barry Bonds on deck. Bonds singled to right field for the Giants' first hit of the day. Jeffrey Hammonds hammered a ball, but it stayed in the park for the third out and the end of a potential two-out rally.

Going for just three innings, Cooper left the game to make way for rookie Kevin Correia, who was just called up from Triple-A Fresno on Friday night. Correia promptly gave up an infield single to the speedy Dave Roberts, who stole his 13th base of the season. Green singled to right field to knock in Roberts for another Dodger run.

Correia hit for himself in the sixth, and stroked his first hit of the season, a double to right-center, the second hit for the Giants of the game, but was stranded at third.

Bradley collected another jack with a solo shot off Correia to give the Dodgers eight runs in the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Wayne Franklin entered the game in relief of Correia. Dave Roberts hit a clean single, and Izturis smoked a base hit to bring Roberts around as the Dodgers' ninth run.

Meanwhile, the Giants could not find an answer for Ishii, who was having control problems, but was able to blank the Giants.In the top of the ninth, the Giants tried to prevent a shut out. Michael Tucker, who came into the game for Bonds in the 5th inning, singled to right field. Hammonds was robbed of a homerun, or at least an extra inning hit, by Roberts, who made a leaping catch at the wall. Feliz struck out, and Yorvit Torrealba popped out to end the game, giving Ishii his first complete shut-out.

Notes: Marquis Grissom was not in the lineup again today. His left arch injury is not deemed serious, but he will not return to the lineup until he is completely pain free... Hermanson's status is day-to-day... This was the Giants-Dodgers' 2,060th game... The Giants return home for a seven-game homestand, taking on the Atlanta Braves tomorrow night.



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 SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com

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