Rewind: Giants vs Pirates, Game #2

The Giants experienced yet another devastating loss this evening in Pittsburgh. The team jumped out into an early lead but fell behind 6-4 by the top of the ninth. They caught up but the Pirates won 8-6 in 11 innings, pushing the Giants further behind in the wild card race.

The game started well right off for the Giants when Ray Durham led off with a single to left. Singles by Dustan Mohr and Pedro Feliz loaded the bases for Barry Bonds. Bonds was walked, giving the Giants their first run of the game. Edgardo Alfonzo drove in two runs with a single to center and the Giants jumped ahead 3-0 in the first.

But with Jason Kendall and Jack Wilson on first and second in the bottom half of the inning, Jason Bay smacked a three-run homer to right, tying the score at 3.

Wilson tripled and Bay singled to put the Pirates on top in the third.

In the fourth, Marquis Grissom led off with an infield single. Sean Burnnett threw a wild pitch, allowing Grissom to advance to second. With one out, Deivi Cruz hit an RBI double to tie the game once again.

Tom Redman hit an infield single in the bottom of the inning to start things up, and with one out, Juan Castillo hit a two-run blast to right to give the Pirates a solid 6-4 lead.

The score remained this way until the top of the ninth with Jose Mesa looking for a save. He received his second consecutive blown save by giving out up a one-out, two-run homer to Ray Durham, which tied the game.

The Giants had a great opportunity in the top of the tenth with the bases loaded and one out, but they hit into a double play to end the inning.

Craig Wilson hit a walk-off home run to give the Pirates an 8-6 victory.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Ray Durham. He hit a home run to keep the Giants in the game and get a chance for extra innings and scored twice. He also had two walks. An honorable mention goes to Tyler Walker, who pitched three scoreless innings to keep the Pirates from getting any more insurance runs.

Notes: The Giants are now only 5 games above .500…They have given up as many runs as they have scored, 580 of each….The Pirates have won four in a row….The Giants are now three games behind the Cubs in the Wild Card, and the Padres are two behind…Every pinch hitter the Giants sent in this contest made it on base safely. J.T. Snow and Michael Tucker singled, and Cody Ransom walked.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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