Colorado scored their only two runs off Hermanson in the bottom of the fourth. Todd Helton led the inning off with a booming home run. Vinny Castilla and Jeromy Burnitz then both hit singles. With two runners on and no out, Hermanson got Matt Holliday to hit a soft grounder up the middle, fielded beautifully by Neifi Perez. However, Cody Ransom failed to tag second but did throw out Holliday at first. Burnitz was safe at second. Charles Johnson grounded out to second to bring Castilla home.
San Francisco quickly got those runs back and more in the next inning. Pedro Feliz led off with a single. Barry Bonds walked. Dustan Mohr then sacrificed both runners over. Aaron Cook then intentionally walked AJ Pierzynski in order to set up the force. Unfortunately for Cook, that strategy backfired big time when he walked Damon Minor and Cody Ransom on nine pitches to score Feliz and Bonds.
Scott Dohmann was then brought in, but the scoring wouldn't stop. Dustin Hermanson helped his own cause, singling softly back up the middle to score Pierzynski. With Tucker pitching, Dohmann threw a wild pitch, allowing Minor to score. Then with runners on second and third, Tucker hit a deep fly ball to score Ransom and to cap off the five-run inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Rockies opted to pitch to Bonds, and he made them pay, hitting one out the opposite way.
As no lead is ever safe at Coors, the Giants added to their lead in the top of the eighth. Steve Reed came in to pitch for Colorado. Tucker led off with a single, and then Neifi Perez singled. After Feliz and Bonds both flied out, Mohr was hit by a pitch. This brought up AJ Pierzynski with the bases loaded. Then, on the most controversial pitch of the game, Pierzynski appeared to lean into the 0-2 pitch. Replays clearly showed that Reed was right and that should have been strike three, but home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman didn't want to hear it. Reed was eventually tossed.
Brian Fuentes came in after Reed. Damon Minor greeted him with a single to score Perez and Mohr. Cody Ransom then doubled to score Pierzynski and Minor. Pinch hitter Deivi Cruz doubled as well to score Ransom.
Dustin Hermanson pitched seven strong, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out six and only walking one for his second win of the year.
Jason Christiansen came in and pitched a shutout eighth.
The Giants added yet another run in the top of the ninth. With one out, Feliz doubled. After Todd Linden, who came in for Bonds in the bottom of the eighth, lined out, Mohr reached on an error. Pierzynski doubled to score Feliz.
Tyler Walker pitched the ninth for the Giants. He allowed two runs, coming off a double from Luis Gonzalez, a triple from Matt Holliday, and then a sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Mark Sweeney. After walking Choo Freeman, Walker got pinch hitter Jason Jennings to fly out on a nice play by Todd Linden, and then Aaron Miles grounded out to end the game.
Player of the Game: Dustin Hermanson pitched another gem and deserves today's honor. Not only did he give his team a chance for victory, he gave most of the bullpen a much needed day off. Also, he got two hits and an RBI and scored a run. It doesn't get much better than that. Cody Ransom gets a mention too, as he went 2-4 and scored three runs. After going down back to Triple-A Fresno, things weren't looking too good for Cody, but he got his second chance and is making good on it.
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