Rewind: Giants vs A's, Game #3

Both teams each held one win in this series and hoped to win Sunday afternoon's game for Bay Area bragging rights. Dustan Hermanson helpd the Giants cause after pitching a great game against A's starter Mark Redman.

Hermanson pitched 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out three with a 4.50 ERA. He started off the game by shutting down the A's in the first inning. Jermaine Dye got the first hit for the A's, but was caught in a rundown. The Oakland A's got on the scoreboard first in the third. With one out, Damian Miller hit his fifteenth double of the season to left field. Miller scored on Mark Kotsay's single to right. The A's threatened to score more in that inning by loading the bases, but Hermanson got Dye to ground out to second to end the inning.

The Giants tied the game in the fourth with the help of designated hitter, Barry Bonds. Bonds. Bonds has gone through 12-games without blasting one out of the park, but he finally did so today. Bonds hit his nineteenth homer of the season (677 career) to right field tying the game up.

They proceeded to take the lead in the fifth. Catcher, Yorvit Torrealba began the inning off with a double to center, later advancing to third on Ray Duham's sacrifice bunt. Dustan Mohr then did something that was unexpected. Mohr laid down a bunt with Torrealba running towards home. The Giants tacked on their second run of the game on a squeeze play. Marquis Grissom then followed the play with a solo-shot to left field. That wasn't it for the Giants. Bonds drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Redman with Edgardo Alfonzo at the plate. Alfonzo drove home Bonds with a single to left field, bringing the score to 4-1.

The A's cut down that lead in the fifth. Scott Hatteberg hit a sacrifice fly to Grissom allowing Kotsay to score from second. This was the last run the A's scored in the game.

The Giants tacked on another insurance run in the top of the ninth. With runners on first and third, Torrealba grounds out giving Neifi Perez enough time to score from third.

The bullpen did a great job shutting down the A's for four innings. Scott Eyre, Feliz Rodriguez, and Matt Herges all held the A's hitless helping the Giants win the series against the A's 5-2.

Player of the Game: Dustan Hermanson. He pitched very well, especially after having trouble getting past the fifth inning in his last two starts. He threw 116 pitches in seven innings.

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