Rewind: Giants vs Cardinals, Game #1

After losing two games to the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants needed a win to start off their seven-game road trip. The Giants sent up Dustin Hermanson to the mound hoping he'd give them that much needed win. Hermanson did just that.

Hermanson threw six impressive shut out innings against his former team the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals finally scored a couple runs. Hermanson gave up a home run to Albert Pujols, the first run for the Cardinals. With Scott Rolen on third, Reggie Sanders doubled down left field to collect an RBI. These were the only runs the Cardinals would drive in as Giants' pitching stopped their bats.

For the Giants, their offense came alive and was able to produce with a runner in scoring position. In the fourth, with the bases loaded, catcher, A.J. Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing J.T. Snow to score from third. Snow was 3-4 in the game, scoring two of the runs in the game. Marquis Grissom then followed with a ground out to Rolen at third to drive in Bonds. The Giants had a 2-0 lead in the game, and never looked back.

The Giants scored another run in the fifth as Ray Durham hit his ninth homer of the season to right center field. Durham wasn't the only Giant to homer in the game. Barry Bonds, also added on three-runs to their lead with his 25th homer of the season (683rd career). Before his homer, Bonds was 0-8 against Cardinals' pitcher Jeff Suppan.

The last run for the Giants came in the top of the eighth. Pierzynski started it off with a double to right and eventually scored on shortstop, Neifi Perez's single.

Jim Brower pitched the last two innings of the game, maintaining the Giants lead and keeping the Cardinals from scoring any runs.

Player of the Game: Dustin Hermanson dominated in Friday night's game. He allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking one in six innings. He gives the Giants a great start to their road trip.



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