Rewind: Dbacks vs Giants, Game #1

The Diamondbacks return to San Francisco after they were swept the last time they made their visit. The Giants hoped to continue that tonight, but Arizona had other plans in mind, and the Giants' pitching staff faltered once again.

Returning to the rotation after being demoted to the bullpen, Elmer Dessens made the start against the Giants' Dustin Hermanson, who was coming off the best game of his career.

The Diamondbacks got the first run on the board in the second inning as Chad Tracy led off with a double. Alex Cintron grounded out to second, moving Tracy to third, and Quinton McCracken singled to bring Tracy in. In the third inning, the Diamondbacks posted another run on the board when Luis Gonzalez doubled to right field, and scored on Shea Hillenbrand's single.

This became a trend throughout the game, as Arizona scored another run in the fourth with Cintron's solo homerun. However, the Giants got two of those runs back in their half of the fourth as Barry Bonds singled up the middle, and Edgardo Alfonzo lined a hot potato into the left field bleachers. Unfortunately for Hermanson and the Giants, the Diamondbacks scored yet another run on a Tracy jack in the fifth.

But the Giants turned around and got that run back as well when Michael Tucker led off with a triple. Deivi Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to center field and welcomed Andrew Good into the game with a run charged to his record.

In the top of the sixth, the Diamondbacks scored another run as McCracken doubled and advanced to third base on a Juan Brito groundout. Good helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly to right field, putting Arizona ahead by two runs again.

The Diamondbacks padded their lead in the seventh off reliever Wayne Franklin as Gonzalez blooped a double just beyond the reach of Ray Durham. Hillenbrand was intentionally walked, and Cintron jacked another one to give Arizona an 8-3 advantage.

The Giants had a great opportunity in the eighth as Bonds doubled and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's fourth hit of the game, a double down the left field line. However, Marquis Grissom and Pedro Feliz drew walks off reliever Brian Bruney to load the bases, but Randy Choate came into the game and struck out Durham and Yorvit Torrealba.

Felix Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for the Giants, although he loaded the bases, and Mike Koplove allowed a single to Bonds in the ninth, but didn't allow anymore runs to score.

Game Notes: Pierzynski was 6-6 against Dessens coming into today's game. He is now 8-8 and has raised his average over .300... The Giants stranded eleven runners today and was 1-10 with runners in scoring position.

Players of the Game: A.J. Pierzynski rose his average for the season back to his career average. He went 4-4 with a run batted in. Edgardo Alfonzo also kept the game close with his own homerun, and hit the ball hard a few times as well. Barry Bonds went 3-5 and showed that he's not all about homeruns, but he can be a great base hitter as well.



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