Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #4

Bring out the brooms! The Giants went into today's game with a chance to sweep the Dodgers. On a day where a Giant nemesis was on the mound, and a struggling pitcher was going for San Francisco, the Giants' offense came through again to continue the strong homestand for the Giants.

Right after he was activated from the DL, Brett Tomko was given the ball to start against Hideo Nomo, who hasn't been having a good season, but has always pitched well against the Giants.

The Dodgers got on board first in the top of the fourth as Adrian Beltre led off with a single. On a fielder's choice, Paul Lo Duca was safe on first with Beltre out at second. Juan Encarnacion blooped a single to center, and Jayson Werth struck out, but on a double steal, A.J. Pierzynski's throw to second was off, enabling the run to score from third, while Encarnacion was safe at second.

The Giants retaliated right away in their half of the fourth as Barry Bonds started the inning with a walk, and Edgardo Alfonzo singled, much similar to the second inning before where the Giants left the bases stranded. However, there was a different result in plan, as Pierzynski doubled down the third baseline to tie the game. Deivi Cruz continued his hot hitting by singling to right center, driving in two more runs.

The Giants broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth as Alfonzo led off with another single, and stole second base with Pedro Feliz batting. Feliz was retired, but Pierzynski doubled again to bring Alfonzo in. Pinch hitter Dustan Mohr doubled to left to score Pierzynski, and also ended the night for Nomo. With Wilson Alvarez in the game, Ray Durham singled to right, driving in the Giants' seventh run of the game. The former Dodger, Marquis Grissom, collected his first hit of the game with a line drive jack to left field, blowing the game open at 9-1.

In the top of the seventh, as Wayne Franklin relieved Tomko, the Dodgers got one of those runs back with an Alex Cora solo roundtripper. In the top of the eighth, after giving up a hit and a walk, Franklin was pulled for Jim Brower, who loaded the bases with no outs, but was able to strike out Jayson Werth. Cora grounded out to first, but Beltre scored another run. Brower struck pinch hitter, Jason Grabowski out to end the inning.

Notes: The last time the Giants swept the Dodgers in a four-game series was in 1975... Grissom's homerun is the Giants' only homerun in this series... The ninth inning stint between Michael Tucker and Eric Gagne is the second in two days of the heated rivalry. Tucker was involved with both.

Players of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo had three hits, and Ray Durham had two hits, and both had contributed to the two rallies, also adding spectacular defense. A.J. Pierzynski had two doubles, and Cruz continues to hit. Jim Brower did a great job in relief of Brett Tomko, who also had a nice outing after coming back from injury.



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