Rewind: Blue Jays vs Giants, Game #3

After an offensive outburst last night, the Giants came back for more as they tried to complete a sweep of Toronto's first visit. Things got a little rocky, and there were times where the Blue Jays' determination seemed greater than the Giants', but the San Francisco home crowd stood behind their Giants and watched them continue playing great baseball at home.

In just his second start since coming off the DL, Roy Halladay hoped to keep his control in tact. The former Cy Young winner went up against Dustin Hermanson, who was coming off a decent start in Baltimore.

The Blue Jays wasted no time in the first as Howie Clark led off with a ground rule double. Frank Catalanotto knocked Clark in for the first run with his own double, and took third on a soft grounder by Reed Johnson. Gregg Zaun beat out an infield hit to give Toronto an early 2- 0 lead.

The Giants promptly answered back in their half of the first as Ray Durham led off by drawing a walk. Michael Tucker popped out and Marquis Grissom grounded out, moving Durham to second. Damon Minor also drew a walk, and the bases were loaded when Edgardo Alfonzo collected an infield hit. Pedro Feliz got the Giants' first big hit with a single up the middle to score two runs, and Dustan Mohr followed that with a bloop single to bring in the go-ahead run. Yorvit Torrealba flied out to end the inning.

The Giants' lead was short lived as Eric Hinske and Orlando Hudson led off the second with back-to-back singles. Halladay couldn't lay down a bunt, but Clark hit a sacrifice to left field. There was a close play at the plate, where replays showed that Hinske never touched the plate, but was called safe because Torrealba couldn't hold onto the ball.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the fourth, but Hermanson stranded the runners to keep the tie in tact. The Giants also had an opportunity in the fourth with Feliz on third and Torrealba on second thanks to an infield error with one out, but never came around to score.

Toronto broke the tie in the fifth as Catalamotto had his second double of the day. Johnson singled up the middle to put the Blue Jays ahead. Hinske drew a walk, and Hudson's single off the glove of Durham at second gave the Blue Jays another run.

In the top of the sixth, Wayne Franklin relieved Hermanson and pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts, which set up the table for the Giants' sixth. Alfonzo led off the inning with a double to left, and after Feliz grounded out, Mohr blooped another single to right-center to bring Alfonzo in, chasing Halladay from the game for Vinnie Chulk. Torrealba got onboard with a base hit, and Durham drew another walk, loading the bases and ending the day for Chulk. Terry Adam came into the game, and walked Tucker to bring in the tying run.

Jim Brower entered the game for the Giants and pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Justin Speier pitched a scoreless seventh for Toronto, but got rocked in the eighth.

Barry Bonds came into the game in the eighth to pinch hit for Brower, and was walked. Durham had a bunt single, and Tucker tripled to put the Giants ahead, 7-5. A.J. Pierzynski was asked to pinch hit, and poked a 3-2 pitch through the drawn in infield to give the Giants another run.

Matt Herges came in to save the game in the ninth, and retired all three batters for the Giants to complete their third sweep of the season.

Notes: The Giants have won nine in a row at home, dating back from their sweeps of Arizona and Colorado.

Players of the Game: Michael Tucker had his game of the season, not only with three RBIs, but also by making some great plays on the field. He broke the tie and put the Giants' eventual winning runs on the board. The Giants' bullpen did a spectacular job today, with Wayne Franklin striking out two of the three batters he faced and Jim Brower pitching scoreless frames to give the Giants a chance to win this game.



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