It was in the seventh inning when the first runs of the game were scored. The Giants were the first to get on the board. Barry Bonds was given yet another free pass to first base. Pedro Feliz made the Reds pay for that act by hitting a two-run homer into deep left field, giving the Giants a two run lead.
The Giants were able to tack on more runs in the eighth. The inning began with Michael Tucker's double down to left field. He moved over to third on Giants' shortstop Neifi Perez's sacrifice bunt. With one out, Kirk Rueter hit the ball right down the left field line. Because a fan touched the ball, it became a ground-rule double, which also drove in Tucker from third. The inning proceeded with a few 2-out hits. Edgardo Alfonzo got his first hit of the game and advanced Reuter to third with a single to left. Marquis Grissom drove home both Rueter and Alfonzo with a double to deep center field, bring the score now to 5-0 Giants. Phil Norton came into the game to relieve Cory Lidle and to face Bonds, yet Bonds drew another walk. Feliz delivered again with a single to center field, driving in Grissom from second. The inning ended with the Giants leading 6-0.
The Reds weren't going to go down without a fight. In the ninth inning, Tyler Walker replaced Kirk Rueter. Jacob Cruz, who was pinch-hitting for Brian Reith, hit his second ground-rule double of the season to right center. Cruz scored on D'Angelo Jimenez's single. With no one out, Walker gave up a single to Barry Larkin. This was it for Walker, as Jason Christiansen replaced him. Sean Casey was up and reached first on a throwing error by Christiansen, this also advanced the runners, loading up the bases for Adam Dunn. Fortunately for the Giants, Dunn struck out and Ken Griffey Jr. lined out to Dustan Mohr. Matt Herges replaced Christiansen hoping to end the game for the Giants, which is just what he did. Herges got Juan Castro to pop out to Perez and the Giants achieved a much needed win, ending the first game against the Reds 6-1.
Notes: Kirk Rueter got his first win of the season and is now 10-1 against the Cincinnati Reds. Barry Bonds got his 25th intentional pass in today's game. He has reached base in all 27 games played this season by either a hit or a walk.
Player of the Game: Kirk Rueter. Woody finally got his first win of the season and it was one that he truly deserves. He pitched eight shutout innings, struck out four, and didn't walk a single batter. He retired the first fourteen batters he faced in the game. Most importantly, he ended the three game losing streak the Giants had going on this road trip.
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