Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #4

Trying to end a two game skid after a ten game winning streak, the Giants hoped to get back into the win column in the last game against the Diamondbacks in this four game series at the desert. With things looking up in the beginning, the Giants were kept silent in the batter's box, and made too much noise on the field.

This game was anticipated to be a battle of young talents as the Giants' Jerome Williams takes the mound against the Dbacks' Brandon Webb. Instead, Webb continued having control problems, but Williams also had his share of shaky innings.

Webb and the Diamondback defense helped the Giants get on board in the first as Edgardo Alfonzo got onboard with a single. Marquis Grissom doubled down the left field line, and Barry Bonds was intentionally walked. On a wild pitch that skipped up the first baseline, Alfonzo broke for the plate and scored the first run of the game. Pedro Feliz drew a walk, and A.J. Pierzynski hit into a potential double play ball.

However, Shea Hillenbrand's throw to second base hit Feliz in the batting helmet, allowing Grissom and Bonds to score. Damon Minor drew another walk to jam the bases again, and Neifi Perez hit a short sacrifice fly that allowed Feliz to score from third. Williams grounded out to end the inning before he threw a single pitch.

Arizona didn't wait too long to come back in the second as Hillenbrand led off the inning with an infield hit. Chad Tracy singled up the middle, and Alex Cintron doubled to right field, as the ball went just over the reach of Michael Tucker. Hillenbrand scored on the play, and Doug DeVore beat out an infield single hit to Feliz at short, bringing Tracy in for another run.

Brent Mayne grounded into a potential double play, but after the force out at second, Feliz's throw to first skipped away from Minor, allowing Mayne to get to second and bringing Cintron in to score the third run. Webb bunted Mayne over to third, and Scott Hairston drew a walk. Steve Finley flied out to left to finally end a laborious inning for Williams.

Webb and Williams calmed down for a while until the bottom of the fifth as Luis Gonzalez doubled with two outs. Hillenbrand singled to centerfield to knock in the tying run. Hillenbrand took second on the throw, and Tracy singled him home for the go-ahead run. Alex Cintron doubled to left, allowing Tracy to score another Diamondbacks' run, but DeVore lined out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Williams took his exit for Jim Brower, who gave up a lead off single, a two out walk, and Gonzalez blew the game open with a triple, giving the Diamondbacks an 8-4 advantage.

Steven Randolph entered the game for Arizona in the seventh. Alfonzo drew a walk to begin the inning, and Grissom struck out. Bonds took a four pitch walk, and after a long battle, Feliz popped out. Pierzynski hit a check swing bloop single to bring Alfonzo in as the Giants' fifth run. Pinch-hitter Deivi Cruz popped up against Scott Service to end the inning and potential rally.

Wayne Franklin entered the game in the seventh and gave up DeVore's first major league roundtripper with two outs as the Diamondbacks took back the run the Giants scored in the top half of the inning. Mayne got on board with a single, and stole second base, but Service grounded out to end the inning.

Brian Dallimore collected his first major league pinch-hit in the eighth, and a pop up by Alfonzo dropped for a bloop single. With two outs and a man on third, Grissom popped out to end the inning.

Matt Herges entered the game for the Giants in the eighth to get some work in as he has not pitched in this series. After giving up a single, Herges got Finley to hit into a double play, but Gonzalez dropped a single between Grissom and Cruz. Herges thought he had strike three on Hillenbrand, but Herges ended up hitting him with a pitch on ball four.

Tracy singled to bring Gonzalez in as the tenth run for Arizona, and Cintron hit a slow dribbler up the middle to give the Diamondbacks another run in the inning, chasing Herges from the game. Southpaw Scott Eyre came into the game and got DeVore to ground out to end the inning.

Andrew Good retired the side to send the Giants back on the road with a three game losing streak.

Notes: Pedro Feliz drew two walks, but made two errors in today's game... Barry Bonds is still hitless against Brandon Webb, with eight walks.

Players of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo started the Giants' only rally of the game, and scored two runs. His ability to get on base would be important. Brian Dallimore, warming the bench since he's been called up, came into the game and collected a hit.



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