Rewind: Giants vs Expos, Game #1

After winning the series against the Chicago Cubs, the San Franciscio Giants hoped to keep some momentum going into their next series versus the Expos. The Giants make their first appearance in Puerto Rico, sending Brett Tomko to the mound to face former Giants, Livan Hernandez.

Brett Tomko (1-3), who has only won one game in his last nine starts, started the game for the Giants. He pitched a great game despite giving up three runs in six innings, only one which was earned. In the third, Brian Schneider singled and later scored on Endy Chavez's hit, this was the one earned run Tomko gave up.

The two other runs the Expos scored were unearned and due to a throwing error by Edgardo Alfonzo in the sixth, which Orlando Cabrera was able to reach base on. With two outs, Juan Rivera drew a walk, advancing Cabrera to second. Terrmel Sledge followed a single to left field driving in Cabrera. The Expos tacked on one more run with another single to left hit by Tony Batista. Rivera scored and it was now 3-0 Expos.

Former Giant, Livan Hernandez (3-3) was pitching a gem as well and kept the Giants scoreless until the seventh inning, when everything came apart for him. The Giants hit a six-run rally. Those six runs would be all the Giants needed to win the game. It all started when Barry Bonds was given his 29th free pass of the season. Pedro Feliz, who has been able to produce behind Bonds, singled to left, moving Bonds over to second. With one out, J.T. Snow hit a line drive to right field loading up the bases for yesterday's hero, Neifi Perez. Perez, who was 2-for-4 in the game, brought in the first run for the Giants with a soft ground ball to Expos shortstop Cabrera. Expos manager, Frank Robinson, then came out of the dugout and took out his starting pitcher to bring in reliever Luis Ayala.

Ayala couldn't stop the Giants. On the first pitch, Ayala hit outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, allowing a run to come in. Two outs were now on the board when Alfonzo came. Up. The count was 1-2 when he singled to right field driving in Snow and the go-ahead run, Perez. Marquis Grissom followed with his eleventh double of the season, adding two more runs to the Giants' score. These six runs eventually proved to be the only runs the Giants needed to win the game.

The Giants bullpen gave up two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth, but the Expos couldn't come on top. Wayne Franklin, who threw one strike in the bottom of the sixth to get the Giants out of the inning, got his first win of the season. Matt Herges, the Giants' closer, achieved his twelfth save after only giving up one hit in the ninth. With the Giants' rally in the sixth, Hernandez was given the loss and Ayala with his second blown save.

The Giants have won back-to-back games, three of the their last four.

Player of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo, even though the Expos managed to produce after his throwing error, he was able to compensate by driving in the go ahead run in the seventh. Also, Neifi Perez seems to be heating up after his two-run blast against the Cubs, hopefully it continues.



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