Rewind: Red Sox vs Giants, Game #2

Game one ended up being a massive slugfest. With rookie Noah Lowry making only his second major league start facing Pedro Martinez, it looked like game two was all but over. This was not the case, however, as Lowry gave a strong outing, holding the Red Sox to only one run, and the Giants offense struck early and again late to tie up the series.

The game didn't seem to start well for young Noah Lowry. Mark Bellhorn tripled to lead off the game. The Red Sox seemed to have something going, with a runner at third, no out, and the big boys coming up. However, Lowry managed to find a way out of it, getting Kevin Youkilis to ground out to third, coaxing a comebacker from David Ortiz, and striking out Manny Ramirez.

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.

It was not tied for long. With two down, AJ Pierzynski singled. Edgardo Alfonzo came in as a pinch-hitter for Damon Minor and homered deep to left field.

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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