Rewind: Marlins vs Giants, Game #4

Yorvit Torrealba surprised himself today. He hit his very first grand slam ever. Not in the minor leagues, not in the instructional leagues, not in whiffle ball, not in stickball, not in his folk's backyard with a rolled up sock and a broom handle. Oh, and he hit the game winning run in during the home half of the 11th inning, too... all on his scheduled day off.

Starters Kirk Reuter (0-3, 6.12 ERA ) and Darren Oliver (2-1, 8.06 ERA) showed their weaknesses to the Sunday crowd. Normally winners in their own right, both have started out poorly this season, leaving balls up and inflating their collective ERA's to 14.20. Not good for the old stats machine, but good news to both bullpens whom are itching to show their stuff.

The scoring tally goes as such. In the second inning, Roy-Hobbs wannabe Brian Dallimore started the rally by reaching first base on an unlikely error by Marlins first baseman Mike Lowell, scoring Pedro Feliz. With Hammonds on 3rd, Dallimore on 2nd, and Mohr on first, Yorvit Torrealba cranked an Oliver off-speed pitch 10 rows into the left field bleachers. The Giants were suddenly up 5-0. A score not uncommon in the past weekend's cavalcade of scoring that had netted 53 runs between the two teams.

Just when the Giants thought they had given Reuter enough breathing room, the Marlins pounded back hard. Three runs in the third, 2 runs in the 4th (to tie), and 3 runs in the 5th to bring the score to 8-6. The Giants tied the score 8-8 in the 7th by scoring Marquis Grissom on a Pedro Feliz single (after Grissom had whacked one to triples alley). Sub-hero Dustan Mohr sacrifice-flied Fleiz home to make it 8-8.

After blistering pitching performances by Felix Rodriguez, Scott Eyre, and hometown product Tyler Walker, came the breaking point of the 11th inning. A sinus-infected, tired Barry Bonds was called upon to pinch hit in the top of the inning. He hadn't even dressed until the 10th inning. Pitcher Matt Perisho took manager Jack McKeon's instruction to pitch to Bonds. After fighting off a big meatball and working the count to 3-2, Bonds did what he does best and took ball four to start a game-winning rally. New sensation Brian Dallimore fought off 100 pitches and lined an opposite field single to right to take first base, pushing Bonds to second.

Effective hitter Devi Cruz grounded out, leaving the home crowd groaning. Then Yorvit Torrealba stepped into the batter's box. Waiting patiently, he punched a ball between Jeff Conine and Juan Pierre to drive in Bonds easily for the win. The crowd's collective heads exploded.'s player of the game: Above Torrealba's grand salami and game winning single, Dustan Mohr gets the nod today. He was the "Mr. Irrelevant" in the A.J. Pierzynski trade. He has gone 0-24 at the plate, had to learn a new ballpark, and has had to endear himself to a new fan base. Today he was 2-4 with an RBI and walk. Pretty nice for a guy who committed an outfield gaffe, in which a ball squirted out of his glove in the 10th inning. He is proof positive that in the most unfair game ever invented (over golf and cricket), a guy can redeem himself by swinging a round bat at a round ball.

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