Rewind: Giants vs Orioles, Game #3

After two long games on Saturday, the San Francisco Giants needed starting pitcher Jerome Williams to go deep in the game. With the bullpen heavily used during Saturday's eight-hour doubleheader, they needed to be used as little as possible.

Jerome Williams (6-4) did exactly what he was supposed to do. He threw 7 1/3 innings in the last game of a 14-game road trip to save Felipe Alou from having to go to his bullpen several times in the game. Williams gave up three runs on six hits. He did walk four walks (a season high), hit three batters, and gave up two solo home runs to Javy Lopez and B.J. Surhoff, and yet, he still managed to help give the Giants a win.

Baltimore scored first in the bottom of the game. With a runner on third, former A, Miguel Tejada hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Brian Roberts.

The Giants first took the lead in the game in the third inning. Michael Tucker started it off with a soft line drive to left to put him on first. With two outs, Barry Bonds stepped to the plate and hit his 18th homer of the season, his 676th of his career, and hit 500th as a San Francisco Giant.

In the bottom of the fourth, Javy Lopez started it off with his eighth home run of the season. This tied up the game, but the Giants took the lead again in the sixth. Dustan Mohr led off the inning with his third double of 2004 to right field and advanced to third on Cody Ransom's sacrifice bunt. With runners on first and third and two outs already on the board, Pedro Feliz hit a single to third, driving in Mohr. Tucker, who moved over to second, scored on Bonds' single to right field.

The Orioles cut down the Giants' lead to one after Surhoff's home run in the bottom of the sixth. First baseman, Damon Minor, was hit by a pitch and Deivi Cruz singled to put runners on first and second for Mohr. Mohr grounded into a double play, but allowed Minor to advance to third. Ransom added another run to their lead with a single to bring in Minor. Tucker, who was 3-5 in the game, tripled to center field, scoring Ransom. This was it for Orioles' starter Sidney Ponson. Ponson got his eighth loss of the season, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up six runs on 13 hits, with a 6.60 ERA.

The Giants tacked on one more run in the ninth and won the series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Jerome Williams was relieved in the eighth by Wayne Franklin. Franklin got the second out of the game, but then proceeded to walk one. Tyler Walker then came into the game and pitched 1.1 innings, getting his first save of the season.

Player of the Game: Jerome Williams for giving the bullpen a much needed rest. He did what he had to do, and came through for the Giants. Sure, it wasn't his best start, but he still kept the Orioles in check. Also, recognition to many of the Giants for their multi-hit game: Michael Tucker, Pedro Feliz, Barry Bonds, Damon Minor and Deivi Cruz. I'm sure they had a lack of rest, but they were still able to come into today's game ready to go. Also, who can forget Barry Bonds for his 676th homer. This was also his 500th homer as a San Francisco Giant.



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