Rewind: Giants vs Mets, Game #1

The Giants started their six-game road trip with a night game in the Big Apple. Brett Tomko took the mound, looking to continue the Giants' three-game win streak. Things just didn't go the Giants' way today as between a couple of bad pitches and untimely errors, the Giants let another slip away.

The Giants struck first against Steve Trachsel. Michael Tucker took everyone by surprise by leading off with a perfect bunt single. The ball was fielded cleanly by Mike Piazza, but when he tried to throw the speedy Tucker out, he flung the ball wildly. Not only did the ball not beat Tucker to the base but it flew over first baseman Jason Phillips's head, allowing Tucker to advance to second. Deivi Cruz bunted Tucker over to third. Yorvit Torrealba came up to bat, and with the infield drawn in, Torrealba chopped a big bouncer up the middle of the diamond. Second baseman Danny Garcia speared it, but perhaps due to the speed of Tucker at third, took his eye off the ball for a moment and bobbled it. He tried to recover, but bobbled it again when throwing to first, and everyone was safe. Tucker scored, and the Giants had managed to scrape out a run.

New York came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the third. With one out, Kaz Matsui singled. After Todd Zeile grounded out, Piazza walked. Karim Garcia then hit a sharp ground ball off Brett Tomko's feet which bounced back toward Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo threw past JT Snow, and just like that, the game was tied.

In the top of the sixth, Marquis Grissom led off with a double. Jeffrey Hammonds struck out, and Alfonzo flew out, but Tucker walked. Cruz then doubled to score Grissom.

The Giants' lead was short-lived. After getting Piazza to ground out to short, Tomko got Karim Garcia to hit what appeared to be a routine grounder to second. Alfonzo couldn't handle it, however, and committed his second error of the night. And like his error in the third, this would cost the Giants the lead again. With two outs, Phillips hit a slow bouncing ball right between Brian Dallimore and Devi Cruz to score Karim Garcia from second. Tomko, obviously frustrated, then gave up a home run to Mike Cameron on the very next pitch. Danny Garcia singled, and then Trachsel dumped one right in front of Alfonzo by the first base line for a single. Matsui then slapped one into right field to easily score Garcia.

Tomko went 5.2 innings, surrendering nine hits and five runs, none of which were earned.

Jim Brower finished out the sixth and pitched the seventh. Although he allowed a leadoff single to Piazza in the seventh, he was soon wiped out on a double play ball hit by Karim Garcia. But then he gave up a double to Shawn Spencer. Spencer then scored on Phillip's single.

The Giants made a quiet exit as David Weathers pitched a quick ninth. Despite allowing a one-out double to Torrealba, Weathers got Pedro Feliz and Dallimore to fly out.



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