Rewind: Giants vs Diamondbacks, Game #2

The Giants stretched their win streak to ten, and Dustin Hermanson took the mound, hoping to extend it to eleven. However, after a dramatic comeback, the usually dependable Giants bullpen stumbled, surrendering the lead and eventually the game.

The scoring started in the bottom of the second. Luis Gonzalez dumped a double down the left field line. Dustin Hermanson then hit Shea Hillenbrand with a pitch. With one out, Alex Cintron singled to right to easily score Gonzalez. Then with two out, Hermanson gave up a single to his counterpart, Steve Sparks, to score Hillenbrand.

Steve Finley tacked on another run by hitting his first solo shot of the night, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.

The Giants scratched out a run in the top of the fourth. With one out, Marquis Grissom singled. Barry Bonds ripped a single to follow that up. After Pedro Feliz popped out, AJ Pierzynski hit a little flare into center field to score Grissom.

In the seventh, the Giants exploded for four runs. It began with Pedro Feliz, who led off the inning with a soaring solo homer. Pierzynski then got hit by the very next pitch. Damon Minor singled. Neifi Perez then moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Starter Steve Sparks was then replaced with Mike Koplove who hit pinch hitter Jeffrey Hammonds with the first pitch he threw to load the bases. Then on the next pitch, Koplove threw in the dirt, and Pierzynski scored to tie the game. Tucker eventually walked on four straight pitches. Edgardo Alfonzo then hit a single back up the middle. Minor scored easily, and on a controversial play, Hammonds scored without a slide.

Just as quickly as they got the lead, the bullpen gave it up. The usually reliable Scott Eyre gave up the lead with back-to-back homers from Scott Hairston and Steve Finley. Eyre faced four batters but only got one out. Felix Rodriguez came in to get the last two outs of the seventh and later pitched a perfect eighth.

Jason Christiansen came in to pitch the ninth. Christiansen pitched well, but fell victim to an untimely error by Edgardo Alfonzo. Scott Hairston hit a bouncer to Alfonzo, who had trouble making the exchange and hit Hairston with the throw. Hairston advanced to second on the error. Finley then moved him to third on a groundball to first. Danny Bautista was then intentionally walked. Christiansen got Gonzalez to two strikes, but on a 3-2 pitch, Gonzalez singled to end the game.

Player of the Game: Dustin Hermanson pitched admirably, despite the rocky start. Hermanson has been extremely reliable for the Giants his past few starts, despite the losing record. Felix Rodriguez also delivered a good performance, pitched 1.2 perfect innings and gave the Giants a sturdy outing they needed. Also, AJ deserves a mention for his RBI single, and effectively ending his 0-12 drought with two singles. Yay AJ.



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