Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #3

The Giants, looking to win again after their ten-game winning streak was snapped by Arizona yesterday, were out of luck. The Diamondbacks scored five runs before the Giants could eke out any, and Brett Tomko gave up nine hits in only 3 1/3 innings.

Brett Tomko got out of the first inning without giving up a single hit, but the second inning was a completely different matter. Luis Gonzalez led the parade with a single to right, and Shea Hillenbrand followed with a double to deep center, moving Gonzalez to third. Chris Tracy hit a single to center, driving in Gonzalez for the first run of the game. With one out, Robby Hammock smacked a double to deep right, driving in both Tracy and Hillenbrand, but was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple.

The third inning was another chore for Tomko, who promptly coughed up a single to Scott Hariston. Steve Finley hit into a fielder's choice, getting Hariston out at second. With two outs and a runner at first, things were not looking too bad. But Gonzalez hit his second single in as many innings, and Hillenbrand drove in Finley with a double, giving the D'Backs a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, Consecutive doubles by Alex Cintron and Hammock resulted in the Diamondbacks scoring their fifth run. After Arizona starter Randy Johnson sacrificed Hammock to third, and Hariston walked, Tomko was relieved in favor of Wayne Franklin. Franklin was able to get out of the inning unscathed.

Franklin started a rally in the fifth of his own with an infield single, and Neifi Perez doubled to left, moving him over to third. Edgardo Alfonzo reached base on an infield single to shortstop, scoring Franklin for the Giants first run. Tired of the small-ball, Marquis Grissom slugged a three-run blast to left to put the Giants within one.

The dangerous duo, Gonzalez and Hillenbrand, replied quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Gonzalez walked and Hillenbrand blasted a home run to make the game 7-4.

The Diamondbacks added more insurance in the sixth. Hariston led off with a triple, and Danny Bautista grounding into a 6-4-3 double play allowed him to score.

In the eighth, Deivi Cruz doubled with one out. With two down, pinch-hitter Michael Tucker hit an RBI double to drive in Cruz, and Neifi Perez drove in Tucker with a double of his own.

But that was all the Giants would get, and the final score was 8-6.

Player of the Game: Marquis Grissom. He really got the big hit, a three-run homer in the fifth. He's done a lot for the Giants, and he's really playing well for someone his age. Honorable mention goes to Neifi Perez, who had a rarely seen flash of offense. He went 4-5 in the leadoff spot.

Notes: The Giants had 13 hits and outhit the D'Backs 13-12. Brett Tomko is now 1-4 with a 5.61 ERA. Opposing batters hit .305 against him, as well. The Giants are currently 2.5 behind the Dodgers and Padres, who are tied for first.

Jesse Radin writes for and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to

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