Rewind: Giants vs Cubs, Game #3

After an extra inning loss yesterday, the Giants hoped to get a series win on getaway day. Without two of their top offensive bats in the lineup and the injuries piling up, the Giants' chances of taking the rubber match was becoming slim, but a few miracles and solid performances by a few players who stepped up gave them the favor in this extra inning contest.

Coming off a solid outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dustin Hermanson was handed the ball to go against the future Hall of Famer, Greg Maddux.

The score remained blank until the top of the third as J.T. Snow had a two-out single. Marquis Grissom followed that with an infield single, and Pedro Feliz tapped a 2-2 pitch up the middle that allowed Snow to score the first run of the game and Grissom advanced to third. With Edgardo Alfonzo batting, Maddux threw a wild pitch that enabled Grissom to score. Alfonzo flied out to end the inning.

The Cubs tried to answer in their half of the third as former Giant Tom Goodwin led off the inning with a single and took second on a wild pitch, but Hermanson was able to retire the #2,3, and 4 batters to strand Goodwin.

The Giants were threatening again in the fourth as Michael Tucker started off with a lead off double. Neifi Perez flied out and Tucker took third on the play. Yorvit Torrealba hit a grounder to third, where Tucker was caught in a rundown and was tagged out. Maddux hit Hermanson with the first pitch he threw to him, and after a long battle with Dustan Mohr, Maddux struck him out to end the inning.

Feliz provided some extra cushion for the Giants as he hit a tape measure shot into left field in the fifth for the Giants' third run of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Moises Alou, the Cubs' hero yesterday, got on board with a single. Aramis Ramirez hit what looked to be an inning ending double play ball, but Ramirez was called safe at first, extending the inning. With two outs, Todd Hollandsworth hit a slow dribbler towards third base, where Alfonzo made a great play to first, but Hollandsworth was called safe on a very close play.

This finished the day up for Hermanson as Jim Brower entered the game in hopes of preserving the score. On the first pitch he threw, Derrek Lee hit a hard grounder towards the left field gap, where Feliz's throw to home took a bad hop and allowed Ramirez to score the first Cubs' run of the game. Ramon Martinez was walked by Brower on a full count, but Paul Bako flied out to end the inning as Brower stranded the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brower got one out, but allowed a double to Goodwin. With the lefty Todd Walker coming up, Scott Eyre was summoned. Walker grounded out, and Felix Rodriguez came into the game to face Alou with Goodwin at third. On a 3-1 pitch, Alou tied the game with one swing for a two-run shot into left field.

The Cubs sent in reliever Francis Beltran, who retired five batters in the seventh and eighth, but gave up back-to-back free passes to Mohr and Snow. With Grissom due up, Beltran was pulled for the Cubs' closer, Joe Borowski, and on a double switch, Corey Patterson entered the game to play centerfield with Goodwin moving to right field. Borowski got Grissom to ground into a force out.

The Giants sent their closer, Matt Herges, in the ninth, who retired the side in order with the help of a nice catch by Feliz.

In the top of the tenth, Borowski went back to work. Tucker drew a two- out walk, and Perez launched his first hot potato of the year to give the Giants a two-run advantage.

Herges ended the game in the bottom of the tenth as he retired the heart of the Cubs' order, Walker, Alou, Ramirez, in order.

Notes: The Giants had at least one hit in every inning against Maddux... Neifi Perez had one homerun the entire season last year... Ray Durham was out of the lineup today, but is expected back for the series against the Expos... Barry Bonds took another day off, and it's still yet to be determined whether or not he'll be placed on the DL for his back... The Cubs placed starting pitcher Kerry Wood on the DL today... For the first time, the Giants are going to Puerto Rico for a three-game weekend series against the Expos.

Players of the Game: Neifi Perez won the game with an unexpected jack. Pedro Feliz also had a nice offensive day and made some plays at his new position without much of a problem. Dustin Hermanson deserves a nice pat on the back for his pitching performance today, blanking the Cubs through five innings.



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