Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #2

The Arizona Diamondbacks entered tonight's game having already lost eight in a row. Despite having their ace, Randy Johnson, on the mound, the Diamondbacks' woes continued. The Giants struck early for only three runs, but behind the strong pitching of Jerome Williams, it proved to be more than enough.

It seemed to start well for the Diamondbacks. Randy Johnson struck out Ray Durham swinging on three pitches. However, Neifi Perez, lifetime 12-35 against the Big Unit, singled on a 2-2 pitch. Pedro Feliz then doubled to put runners on second and third with only one out and Barry Bonds coming up to bat. The Diamondbacks opted to not walk Bonds intentionally, and Johnson coaxed a groundout from Bonds, though Perez scored on the play.

San Francisco struck again in the top of the second. Marquis Grissom led off with a single, and Dustan Mohr walked. Yorvit Torrealba singled to left field, easily scoring Grissom from second. Mohr advanced to third and Torrealba to second on Luis Gonzalez's error. After Jerome Williams lined out, Ray Durham hit a fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Mohr.

There would be no more scoring for a while, both pitchers throwing good games. Those three runs would be all Johnson would allow in seven innings of work. Johnson struck out six while only walking one.

The Diamondbacks only managed one run off Jerome Williams, who threw seven strong, allowing only four hits and striking out two. In the bottom of the eighth, Roberto Alomar led off with a bunt single. Scott Eyre was then brought in to face Steve Finley, who he got to fly out to left field. While Bautista was batting, Yorvit Torrealba allowed a passed ball. Bautista then singled to score Alomar. Luis Gonzalez then reached on Eyre's error. Jim Brower was brought in to face Shea Hillenbrand. With runners on first and third, Hillenbrand grounded into a double play.

Matt Herges was brought in the top of the ninth. Alex Cintron led off with a double, and Chad Tracy singled. Juan Brito bunted Tracy over, putting runners at second and third. After Herges walked Quinton McCracken, Jason Christiansen was brought in to face the switch-hitting Alomar. With the tying run in scoring position, Christiansen managed to bring the game to an end, getting Alomar to ground into a game-ending double play to earn his first save of the year.

Player of the Game: Jerome Williams, once again, bettered Randy Johnson. Williams pitched extremely well, going deep into the game and holding the floundering Diamondbacks to only one run, giving his team a good chance to win. Jason Christiansen also deserves a mention as he totally bailed Herges out.



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