Rewind: Marlins vs Giants, Game #2

Neither starting pitcher could keep the runs from scoring. Dontrelle Willis just couldn't get a single out in the second inning, a grand slam to Brian Dallimore being his exit cue. Kevin Corriera fared little better, lasting two full innings before being replaced. The Giants offense had 16 hits.

Juan Pierre led off this slugfest with a double, and Luis Castillo grounded out to first, moving Pierre to third. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly to left to drive in Pierre. With two outs and nobody on, Corriera suddenly lost control. He walked Mike Lowell, Hee Sop Choi, and Wil Cordero consecutively. Mike Redmond doubled to center to clear the bases and put the Marlins on top 4-0.

Jeffery Hammonds enacted swift revenge with a leadoff homer to left. Brian Dallimore, recently called up from Fresno, walked. Marquis Grissom singled to right, but got himself out trying to stretch the hit into a two-bagger. With a runner on third, the Marlins walked Barry Bonds intentionally. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to the pitcher, and Dallimore was able to score the Giants second run.

Things just weren't going well for the Giants or Corriera. Willis made up for his poor pitching with a double to right. Juan Pierre hit a sac bunt, but Dallimore's throwing error allowed him to be safe at first. Luis Castillo singled to right, driving in Willis and the speedy Pierre made it to third. Miguel Cabrera hit his second sacrifice fly of the night to drive in Pierre again!

Mike Lowell continued the hit-fest with a single to right. Hee Sop Choi homered to right. Corriera stayed in to get the next two batters out and end the painful second. However, the Marlins already held a 9-2 lead.

But what happened in the next inning can only be described as insanity. And a godsend to Giants fans. It first started with a bit of luck. Florida first baseman Hee Sop Choi dropped a foul ball hit by Perez. He ended up walking in the at-bat. Yorvit Torrealba, not renowned for his offensive abilities, belted a double to deep right, moving Perez over to third. Dustan Mohr pinch-hit for Brian Dallimore and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Hammonds, who singled to left to drive in Perez.

Brian Dallimore felt like apologizing for making a throwing error in the top of the inning. He found the most expressive way to do so, blasting a grand slam to left, and suddenly bringing the Giants back in the game. Dontrelle Willis left with visible frustration. Before his outing, his ERA was 0.71, and after giving up six earned runs, it ballooned to 2.73.

Tommy Phelps couldn't hold on to the narrow lead he was brought in to protect. Marquis Grissom singled, Bonds walked, and Alfonzo singled to load the bases yet again. Pedro Feliz drove in both Grissom and Bonds with a single, and Neifi Perez sacrificed over Feliz and Alfonzo. This was the end for Phelps.

Once a Giants prospect, Nate Bump successfully kept the Ginats from taking the lead… in the second.

The game remained tied until the fifth, when the Giants offense showed that it was here to stay. Deivi Cruz pinch-hit for Giants reliever Tyler Walker and singled to center. With one out, Dallimore and Grissom both hit singles to left to load the bases yet again! M Perisho took over for Nate Bump. The lead run was scored through a walk to Bonds, which forced in Deivi Cruz. Alfonzo singled, scoring Dallimore, and Feliz hit a sac fly to score Grissom. The Giants now had a 12-9 lead.

That's how it stayed. After the fifth the bats went relatively quiet. Beautiful relief pitching by the Giants made sure this was the case.

Player of the Game: There is not question about this. Brian Dallimore. He's here to stay. A grand slam in his first start? What an awesome entrance! The Giants offense as a whole deserves the game too. Bases loaded! Double play? Nope! Home run! Single! Walk! The Giants are going to be a contender. Good job to the whole bullpen, too. Our bullpen was part of the reason we won, too.

Notes:The Giants, after never scoring more than seven runs in a game, have scored 25 runs in their last three games. That averages out to about 8.3 runs a game. Tyler Walker pitched three scoreless innings, only giving up one hit. The loss went to Nate Bump, who was once a Giants prospect. The Bobby Bonds-Brian Dallimore link: both had grand slams in their first major league game, both in their third at-bat in their career. In addition, he is the first player to do that since Bobby did it, Bobby being the only player to have done it in the 20th century. The first player to have done this feat - hitting a grand slam in his first game - is Bill Duggleby, who did it on April 21, 1898 for the Philadephia Nationals (information care of baseballlibrary.com). Bobby Bonds did it on June 25, 1968 and now Brian Dallimore joins the two players in history, hitting his grand slam on April 30, 2004, becoming the first to do it in the 21st Century - and given the frequency - probably the only one. Brian also joins the many players who can say that they hit a home run for their first major league hit (he made an out and walked in his first two plate appearances) and the more select group who can say that they hit a grand slam for their first major league hit.



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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