Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #2

Both Brett Tomko and Hideo Nomo have struggled this season. Tomko had his longest outing of the season, going 8 and 1/3 innings before being relieved by Scott Eyre after giving up an RBI single to Milton Bradley. The Giants had little trouble with Nomo, who gave up all of the Giants seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work. The Giants offense was healthy, with three home runs

In the first at-bat of the contest, Ray Durham launched an 82-mph Hideo Nomo fastball out of the park for a solo shot. Nomo was able to strike out two batters in the inning as his fastball hit 87. He hit Barry Bonds just above the right elbow, as Bonds got his fifth consecutive free pass of the series. But a strikeout by Edgardo Alfonzo kept the Giants from capitalizing on the opportunity.

Ray Durham got his second hit of the night in the third, a hard-hit line drive base hit into center field. Nomo walked Snow, and with one out, Barry Bonds hit a home run to left-center that just barely cleared the fence and the leaping Dave Roberts, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead, which is much more impressive than it looks on paper in a pitcher's park like Dodger Stadium.

Roberts led off the fourth with a single, bringing up Cesar Izturis. J.T. Snow dove to his right to get Izturis' grounder and fired an accurate throw to second to get the speedy Roberts out for a very impressive fielder's choice.

With one out in the fifth, Grissom hit a solo shot into the Dodgers bullpen to put the Giants on top, 5-0. Barry Bonds walked, and with two outs Deivi Cruz hit a line-drive single to right. Nomo was replaced by former Giant Wislon Alvarez, who promptly gave up a two-run double to A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski went the other way with the pitch, hitting it down the left-field line.

The score remained 7-0 until the ninth. Pinch-hitter Robin Ventura led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Adrian Beltre hit a single to right. Milton Bradley singled to give the Dodgers their only run of the game. Relief pitcher Scott Eyre threw a wild pitch, moving Beltre to third and Bradley to second. He threw a wild pitch, struck out Shawn Green, and walked Juan Encarnacion to load the bases with two down. Jim Brower got the final out of the ballgame by getting pinch-hitter Jayson Werth to hit into a fielder's choice.

Player of the Game: There's plenty of love to be spread around tonight. Brett Tomko deserves the nod because he really had an excellent start. He gave up only 7 hits and 2 walks in 8 and 1/3 innings. Offense was in no short supply. Barry Bonds, of course, gets an honorable mention for his big home run. Ray Durham gets one as well. He led off the game with a solo shot and hit a single and scored on Bonds' blast. A.J Pierzynski gets an honorable mention for his two-run double. A.J went 4-4 in the ballgame, bringing his 2004 average up to .296.

Notes: Tomko has dropped his era from 5.86 to 5.04 in his last two games, and has won both starts. Dodgers pitcher Hideo has not won since April 21 against the Rockies. A.J. Pierzynski has brought his average up from .252 to .298 since the end of May.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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