Rewind: Giants vs Rockies, Game #4

Matt Herges can now attest to the old Coors Field adage that "no lead is safe" after the Rockies scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th to take the rubber game of the four-game series against the Giants on Sunday in Denver, 10-9.

"I didn't fool anybody today," said Herges (4-4), who blew his seventh save in 29 opportunities. "It was just one of those days where they owned me like they knew what was coming."

After a humid and rain-filled three games to open the series, Coloradoans didn't know nice weather would be coming their way. They were treated with a lazy, sun-drenched afternoon at the ballpark, highlighted by the homerun barrage they were accustomed to seeing.

Jeromy Burnitz hit one of those homeruns in the bottom half of the 9th off Herges to bring the Rockies within one of the lead, 9-8. Preston Wilson followed with a monster shot to tie the game at 9-9, then flinged his bat and pumped his fist as he rounded the bases.

Matt Holliday succeeded the back-to-back homers with a solid single to right that ended Herges outing. After Charles Johnson bunted Holiday to second and Todd Greene walked, Antioch native Aaron Miles drove in the game-winner off Scott Eyre on a flyball to left that went over the drawn-in Barry Bonds.

Bonds hit a towering homerun himself in the top half of the 9th, drawing applause from the home crowd. Bonds' homer followed Michael Tucker's blast to left field, a Coors Field "special" giving the Giants a 9-6 cushion.

Ray Durham opened the game with his 5th leadoff homerun of the season (30 for his career), jumpstarting the Giants to an early 5-1 lead against Rockies starter and Elk Grove native Adam Bernero, heading into the bottom of the 4th.

Giants starter Dustin Hermanson couldn't hold the lead, however, as he was hindered by defensive miscues from A.J. Pierzynski and Deivi Cruz.

Cruz's error allowed two unearned runs to score, tying the game at 5-5, and knocked Hermanson out of the game. Hermanson now has 10 no-decisions for the season.

Cruz did atone for his mistake with a homerun of his own against ex-Giant Steve Reed in the top of the 7th inning to make it 7-6.

Tim Harikkala (4-1) picked up the win in relief, despite allowing homers to Tucker and Bonds.

Despite splitting the four-game set with Colorado, nobody could be happier than Giants manager Felipe Alou about "getaway day."

"I'm glad we are out of here. Hopefully, everybody else in the division can play a four-game series here. When you break even here you sort of want to believe that it was a good series, even if you lose the last game," Alou said.

Game Notes: Tucker made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the 7th inning to rob Holliday and prevented a run to score... A "Justice League" fan club, dressed in comic book character costumes, held up a sign in support of their "superhero" Barry Bonds…Jason Schmidt, enjoying his day off, played a gag on a Rockies security guard by making a paper cup tower topped by an American flag and placed it on the guards helmet with bubble gum…Edgardo Alfonzo went 0-for-3 with a walk, extending the Giants #5 hitter hitless streak to 18 ABs.

SFDugout player(s) of the game: Colorado -- Aaron Miles, the Contra Costa county native, who drove home the game-winner; San Francisco -- Barry Bonds, who was on base four out of five times and hit his 682nd homerun.



Phil Delacruz was a transplanted Giants fan, buried in the Southland. After four strenuous years in College, studying (read: partying), he's back in the beautiful "City by the Bay" – San Francisco. Do you think he should move back to LALA land? Or do you like him where he is now and appreciate the good reads? Either way, send him an e-mail at phildelacruz@aol.com to air out your frustrations or, more likely, songs of praise.

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