Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #3

Things don't get more exciting than this. In a rubber match between two rivals who won't see each other until September, both teams would want to leave a bad taste in the other's mouth. The Giants weren't particularly sharp and a few mistakes here and there gave the Dodgers enough room to win the game and series.

In the final game of this series, the Giants had Jason Schmidt going against the Dodger's Jose Lima.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the third as Schmidt helped his own cause with his second hot potato to put the Giants ahead 1-0. However, the Dodgers came right back in their half of the third as Paul Lo Duca hit his own solo roundtripper to left field to tie the game.

In the fourth inning, an unusual play gave the Giants another run as Marquis Grissom had an one out infield single, and Barry Bonds was walked. A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a fielder's choice where Bonds was out at second. Pedro Feliz hit a sharp grounder to short, where Cesar Izturis threw the ball to second to try to force out Pierzynski, but Pierzynski was called safe. However, in his rush to get to second base, Pierzynski overran the base and was eventually tagged out, but the run counted because Pierzynski was initially safe on the play.

The Dodgers came right back in their half of the fourth as Milton Bradley led off the inning with a double. Shawn Green and Juan Encarnacion grounded out to second to bring Bradley in for the tying run.

The score remained tied until the top of the seventh, as Bonds did it again with a blast to straight away center for his 21st jack of the season. Pierzynski got onboard with a single to right, and J.T. Snow smashed a double. With runners on second and third, Deivi Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring Pierzynski in with Snow advancing to third on the play.

The Dodgers came back again in their half of the inning when Green hit a homerun to left field, putting the Dodgers within one. Encarnacion singled and was bunted over by Alex Cora. With two outs, Dave Roberts singled into left field, where Bonds overran the ball and lost any chance of throwing the runner out at home.

Milton Bradley drew a walk off reliever Felix Rodriguez and came around to score the go ahead run on Shawn Green's double.

Notes: Bonds has already tied his major league record for most intentional walks in a season with 61.

Players of the Game: Jason Schmidt pitched another solid game, and offered up his second jack of the season to try to help his own cause. Barry Bonds also continues his excellence with another roundtripper for the season.



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