Rewind: Pirates vs Giants, Game #1

After a harsh lost on Thursday afternoon, the Giants looked to starting off a new series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a win. They sent up Dustin Hermanson to the mound hoping he'd bring them this win. It looked as if he would, until the seventh inning, when the Pirates struck back.

In the beginning of the game, it looked as if Dustin Hermanson would be bringing a win to the Giants fans, especially after a disappointing loss on Thursday. Hermanson allowed a lead off single to Jason Kendall in the first inning, then preceded to retire the next 14 batters he faced. However, by the seventh inning, he ran into trouble.

Jack Wilson started off the top of the seventh with a triple to right field. Daryl Ward followed with a two-run homer, his second of the season, tying up the game.

The Giants had previously scored twice against Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong. In the bottom of the third, with two outs, Michael Tucker singled to right field. Marquis Grissom then doubled to center allowing Tucker to score from first. Later in the fourth inning, Edgardo Alfonzo led off with a single. He advanced to second on A.J. Pierzynski's ground out to Vogelsong. Deivi Cruz hit a single through to center field driving in Alfonzo, and the Giants second and last run of the game.

Scott Eyre replaced Hermanson in the top of the seventh. With two outs already on the board and two runners on the basepath, Tike Redman for the Pirates was up. Eyre ended the threat by striking out Redman.

Felix Rodriguez came into the game to work the eighth inning and keep the game tied so that the Giants would have a chance to take the lead. Abraham Nunez started the inning with a single and moved to second on Kendall's sacrifice bunt. He headed to third on Wilson's ground out. With two outs, Ward collected more RBIs with a single to right field, bringing in Nunez.

The Pirates tacked on another run in the top of the ninth. Giants reliever, Tyler Walker began the inning and on his first pitch, Rob Mackowiak hit his fifth homer of the season to deep right field.

Despite all the chances the Giants had in the game, they were unable to produce yet again and were given the 21st loss of the season. They look to Brett Tomko tomorrow, hoping to snap another losing streak.

Notes: During batting practice today, Barry Bonds suffered back spasms, similar to what he experienced in spring training. He was replaced in today's game by Dustan Mohr. The Giants are still looking for their 1,000th victory against the Pirates since 1900. The Giants have now hit into the most double plays in the major league (45).

Player of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo and Deivi Cruz both had good games, both going two-for-four. Cruz also hit one of the RBIs in the game. Despite tying the game in the seventh by giving up two runs, Dustan Hermanson still pitched a good game. He gave up only six hits, two runs, and struck out five.



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