Rewind: Braves vs Giants Game #3

Lady Luck shined on the Giants tonight, as they won their first series since the Apr. 12-14 series against the Brewers. The Giants blasted their former staff ace Russ Ortiz for 7 runs and 8 hits over 3 1/3 innings. Brett Tomko did not fare too well either, but was able to last for 6 innings to get his first win of the season

As seems to be the standard of late, the Giants fell behind early. J.D. Drew doubled to lead off the second, and Andruw Jones walked. Adam LaRoche attempted a sac bunt, but Pedro Feliz was able to get Andruw Jones out at second. J Estrada hit a fast liner to left. It bounced in front of Barry Bonds, and he fell down as he tried to play it on the hop. The ball skipped by him and went to the wall. Both Drew and Estrada were able to score on the play.

The game seemed to be taking its typical depressing turn in the third. Brett Tomko and Michael Tucker hit consecutive singles to start it off, but they were left stranded.

However, the fourth inning defied the pattern. Pedro Feliz singled to right-center and Edgardo Alfonzo doubled, moving Feliz to third. A.J. Pierzynski grounded to the pitcher, but there was no play. Neifi Perez hit a two-run single, tying the game and moving Pierzynski to second. Tomko failed to put down a successful sacrifice bunt, as the slow-moving Pierzynski was thrown out at third. But the mistake mattered little, as Michael Tucker doubled to score Perez and give the Giants a 3-2 lead. J.T. Snow hit a bloop single to right, scoring both Tomko and Tucker.

Grissom hit a single to center, and that was the exit cue for Russ Ortiz. AntonioAlfonseca relieved him, but fared no better. J.T Snow stole third, and Barry Bonds was intentionally walked, loading the bases. However, unlike in previous games this year, the Braves paid for it. Feliz singled to left, driving in Snow. Edgardo Alfonzo got on because of a throwing error by Braves first baseman. Grissom and Bonds both scored on the play. A.J Pierzynski single to center, scoring Feliz for the ninth run of the inning. Perez grounded out and Tomko struck out to end the rally.

Tomko could breathe a sigh of relief after the monster inning, because he had plenty of run support. And he would need it. In the fifth, Dewayne Wise doubled to left, and Mike Hessman flied out, moving Wise to third. M Derosa doubled in Wise, and Marcus Giles singled in Dersoa to narrow the lead to 5.

Michael Tucker led off the fifth inning with a home run to right, giving the Giants their first double-digit score of the season. Atlanta added two more runs in the seventh and one more in the ninth to make the final score 10-7.

Player of the Game: In the past, when I've had to write a player of the game it's been hard because the whole team was quite awful. But this time it is difficult because everyone was so GOOD! I'm going to have to go with Michael Tucker. He went 3-5, scored twice, drove in two, and was a triple away from hitting the cycle. This game was great, period. The Giants didn't rely on Barry Bonds alone. Their production was split all over the lineup. Everyone had at least one hit, including Tomko.

Notes: First series win since Apr. 12-14 against Milwaukee. Tyler Walker saved the Giants from a potentially disastrous seventh. He was called up as Brian Cooper was designated for assignment.



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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