Rewind: Giants vs Devil Rays, Game #2

The Giants were hoping to keep winning, but their failures to capitalize on bases-loaded opportunities kept them from a victory against Tampa Bay this evening. Jason Schmidt pitched seven innings, giving up only five hits and one run, but received a no-decision, as the Giants lost in ten innings with Tyler Walker receiving his first loss of the year.

The game started out quite well for the Giants. Neifi Perez walked and Dustan Mohr singled, putting runners on first and second for Marquis Grissom. Grissom hit a single to right, driving in Perez from second. With runners on first and second and no one out, Barry Bonds hit a grounder back to the pitcher, moving the runners to second and third. The Devil Rays walked Edgardo Alfonzo intentionally, and Pedro Feliz hit into an inning-ending double play.

But the one run looked to be enough support for Schmidt, who after seven innings, was yet to give up a run. After Schmidt gave up a leadoff walk to Jose Cruz Jr. in the eighth, he was relieved by Jason Christiansen. He got the next two batters out, but walked Robert Fick. The Giants brought out Felix Rodriguez to face Julio Lugo, who promptly doubled in Cruz and moved Fick to third to tie the game. Fred McGriff was intentionally walked and Toby Hall hit a single to left, scoring both Fick and Lugo.

The Giants looked to come back in the ninth. Deivi Cruz lead the rally with a double, and A.J. Pierzynski singled to center, moving Cruz to third. Cody Ransom pinch hit for Pierzynski and Michael Tucker pinch-hit for Todd Linden. Tucker hit a single to center, driving in Cruz and moving Pierzynski to third. Damon Minor walked, loading the bases for Dustan Mohr. Sadly, Mohr repeated Feliz' act in the first inning, hitting into a double play with the bases loaded. Luckily, Ransom scored on the play, tying the game at 3.

The game went into extra innings, and Lugo led off the tenth with a walk. Rocco Badelli, who had not played for days because of food poisoning, hit a sac bunt to third, moving Lugo to second. Hall popped out, but the Giants walked Greg Blum and Carl Crawford, loading the bases for Cruz. Cruz hit a single to right, scoring Lugo and giving Tampa Bay a 4-3 victory.

Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt. He didn't get a win, but he certainly pitched well enough to deserve one. He struck out eight batters in seven innings of work, and only walked three.

Notes: The Giants loaded the bases twice and grounded into double plays with the bases loaded twice. The Giants outhit the Devil Rays 11-8



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