Rewind: A's vs Giants, Game #1

The Oakland A's come from across the bay to battle the San Francisco Giants. Kirk Rueter, who pitches well against the A's, started for the Giants against A's pitcher Mark Redman. The A's hit Rueter hard in the first inning, but the Giants were able to come back and take the lead throughout the game, winning it in front of the home crowd

Kirk Rueter seem to have a long game ahead of him after giving up three runs to the Oakland at the start of the game. That wasn't the case at all. Rueter was able to pitch the next five innings without giving up a run, and with the help of the bullpen, held the A's to their three runs of the game.

The game was different for A's pitcher, Mark Redman. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, four of which were home runs. The first run of the game for the Giants came in the bottom of the first. Marquis Grissom hit a solo home run to left field, cutting down the A's lead to two runs.

In the to bottom of the third, Kirk Rueter began the inning by drawing away and later scored on Ray Durham's homer, tying up the game. Durham hit another roundtripper in the sixth inning. With runners on first and second, Durham smacked his sixth homer to deep left field to tack on three more runs to the Giants' score.

Barry Bonds helped to break the 3-3 tie in the fourth inning. Bonds hit his 22nd homer of the season to center field. This was his 680th career home run.

Player of the Game: Ray Durham. First he tied the game up and then helped to give the Giants a three run lead with his second homer of the night. That second home run gave Giants fans a chance to just breathe.



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