Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #2

The San Francisco Giants came into the game 0.5 behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Dustin Hermanson starting the game off, they hoped to take the lead in the NL West.

Kazuhisa Ishii didn't have his A-game today as the San Francisco Giants kept their bats alive against him. The Dodgers seemed to usually win with Ishii on the mound, but tonight would be different. Second baseman Ray Durham helped to start the scoring in the first inning. Durham hit his second triple of the season to center and scored on Michael Tucker's single.

Starter, Dustin Hermanson shut out the Dodgers for four innings. He eventually pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, while striking out four. In the fifth, with the score at 2-0 Giants, Hermanson gave up a two-run homer to Juan Encarnacion to tie the game up.

Yet the Giants were able to take the lead again in the bottom of that inning. Durham led off the inning with a single and Tucker followed with a single as well, advancing Durham to third. Both scored on Marquis Grissom's single to right field.

In the top of the sixth, Dave Roberts put down a bunt that was going towards Hermanson. Hermanson took the ball and broke for first. Both he and Roberts dove for the bag, but Hermanson's tag just missed and Roberts was safe. Cesar Izturis singled advancing Roberts to third and this would be it for Hermanson. Hermanson ended up with a no-decision for the seventh time this season. Tyler Walker then came in relief and the first batter he faced was Milton Bradley, who singled to score Roberts. With the bases loaded and one out recorded, Adrian Beltre brought in Izturis from third with a sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers tied it up again by scoring another run in the top of the seventh, when Bradley drove in Roberts with a bunt single. This would be the last of the runs the Dodgers scored as the Giants' bats still continued to stay alive throughout the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants rallied to take the lead. Tucker led off the inning with a single, but was out at second on Grissom's ground ball to second. Barry Bonds followed with his eleventh double of the season, putting runners at first and third for Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo, who has been hot with the bat lately, hit a line drive to right field. Encarnacion couldn't catch the ball and was given an error while two runs came into score. Shortstop Deivi Cruz followed with a line drive to drive in Alfonzo.

The Giants tacked on a few more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Alfonzo did what he has done the past few days and cleared the bases. Alfonzo doubled down left field to clearing up the bases and giving the Giants a 11-5 lead.

In winning the game, the Giants are now 0.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they look to tomorrow, hoping to extend their lead.

Player of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo has been hot with the bat. In the night's game, he was 2-5 and drove in six runs. In the last eight games, Alfonzo has been hitting .400 (two homers, 17 RBI). Also, Deivi Cruz deserves a ton of recognition. He was 5-5 in the game and has raised his average up to an impressive .326. The top of the lineup, Ray Durham and Michael Tucker did well in the game too by setting it up for the batters behind them. Durham was 3-5, while Tucker was 3-4.



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