Pedro Martinez had an unlikely first inning. After a couple close two-strike pitches, Ray Durham homered to right-center field to give the Giants a quick lead. Dustan Mohr singled, and scored when Marquis Grissom doubled. Then in a great battle, Martinez managed to strike out Barry Bonds swinging. Pedro Feliz then singled to score Grissom, and AJ Pierzynski doubled to score Feliz. Martinez went on to strike out the side, but the Giants had scored four runs.
Lowry continued to pitch well but ran into some trouble in the fourth. With two out, Kevin Millar singled. The rookie then struggled with control and gave up another single to Jason Varitek. Gabe Kapler doubled, scoring Millar. Varitek held up at third. With runners on second and third and two out, the Giants opted to intentionally walk Pokey Reese. Pedro Martinez grounded out to end the threat.
Noah Lowry gave the Giants 5.2 strong innings, giving up only one run. Wayne Franklin came in, and had a perfect outing, striking out three of the four hitters he faced.
Jim Brower came in to pitch the eighth. Brower struggled mightily. Ortiz led off with a single, and Ramirez followed with a single of his own. Millar then struck out and Varitek flew out, but Gabe Kapler walked. Matt Herges was then brought in to face the pinch hitter Trot Nixon with two out and the bases loaded. The outfield was playing extremely deep to defend against a double, but Nixon ended up dumping a soft flare into left center field for a single. Bonds tried to barehand it, but it bounced by him. The bases cleared, and the game was tied.
Herges pitched a perfect ninth inning, despite allowing a one out single to David Ortiz. Ortiz tried to advance to second, but Dustan Mohr gunned him down from right field. Herges then struck out Ramirez to end the game.
Player of the Game: Noah Lowry deserves it today. He outpitched Pedro Martinez today and should have gotten the win, but at any rate, he stepped up big and delivered. Edgardo Alfonzo also came up big. That pinch hit homer was absolutely huge. Go Fonzie.
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