Rewind: Phillies vs Giants, Game #2

The Giants benched 5 of their 6 homeruns from Friday night, and they played what can be considered the "B" team. The bench players managed to string together a win, with the telling blow exacted against recently-traded ex-teammate Felix Rodriguez.

NL Player of the Week Noah Lowry pitched for the Giants in this day game versus the Phillies behind pitcher Eric Milton, and it ended up a battle of the relievers, as both Lowry and Milton were hit up for 6 runs apiece, going 4 2/3 and 52/3 innings, respectively.

From the get-go, the game did not look like it would be easy for either team. Dustan Mohr, leading off, battled Milton and managed an infield single. Michael Tucker struck out looking, and Deivi Cruz reached on an error by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, moving Mohr to second. To end the top of the first, the Giants again put their own spin on the cursed double play. This time, Pedro Feliz struck out swinging and Mohr was caught stealing third.

Lowry's first was pitched out of the stretch, but he recovered nicely. Rollins led off with a single, but Doug Glanville Struck out swinging, and both Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu popped out to center.

The Giants scored first in this close game. Both Edgardo Alfonzo and Marquis Grissom struck out swinging, but Yorvit Torrealba reached on an infield single to the shortstop. Cody Ransom, filling in at second, capitalized and hit his first homer of the year and second homer of his career to left field. Lowry grounded out and the score was 2-0 Giants.

In the second, the Phillies again led off with a hit, this time a single by Placido Polanco, but Lowry got out of the inning easily enough with Tomas Perez striking out and a 5-6-3 double play ball from Marlon Byrd to bring the inning to a close.

In the third, Mohr homered to left center to pad the Giants lead. Tucker followed with a triple, and Cruz brought him home with a single to left. Feliz was unproductive with a popout in foul territory, but Alfonzo singled to put runners on the corners. The Giants scored again with a sacrifice fly by Grissom to bring in Cruz. Torrealba ended the top of the inning with a groundout that forced Alfonzo out a second.

Lowry's troubles started in the third. He allowed a Todd Pratt walk to lead off the bottom half of the inning—never a good thing to do in a hitter's ballpark. Milton bunted into a force that allowed the Giants to get the lead runner, but a Rollins double moved Milton to third. Glanville's sac fly advanced Rollins to third and brought Milton home, and the Giants lead was reduced by one. Utley singled, and gave the Phillies 2 runs on the inning before Abreu struck out to end it.

In the top of the fourth, the Giants 8-9-1 hitters were sent back to the bench by Milton—1-2-3. It looked as if Lowry might be just as lucky, when the first two hitters grounded out. A double by Byrd shook Lowry up, and he gave up a walk to Pratt. After that, Milton singled to earn an RBI and help his own cause, and Rollins, too, single to score another runner. Glanville grounded into a force, though, and Lowry was out of the inning, with the Giants lead depleted to 1. Score: Giants 5. Phillies 4.

In the fifth, the Giants bats were quiet again, this time those of the heart of the Giants' lineup down in order. In contrast, the end of Lowry's outing came in the third. Utley singled, and it would not have been as consequential, had he not thrown a wild pitch to the next hitter, who grounded out and productively moved Utley to third. Admittedly, it didn't matter much, because the next hitter, Placido Polanco homered to give his team the lead for the first time. Perez then flied out to left, but Alou had seen enough, and Kevin Correia, just brought up from Triple-A Fresno, was brought in to get the last out of the inning, which he did by striking out Marlon Byrd.

In the fifth, with one out, Marquis Grissom, who had homered the night before, homered again to tie up the game. Following Grissom's four-bagger, Torrealba flied out, but Ransom singled and PH Ray Durham (for Correia) walked, causing Bowa, too, to declare his starter done. So, with a double switch, LHP Rheal Cormier came in to pitch, and Jason Michaels came in to play left, moving Glanville to center and taking Byrd out of the game. Cormier did his job, and Mohr grounded to third and Ransom was forced out.

Tyler Walker came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth, and Durham stayed in to play second. Walker made easy work of the Phillies, sending Pratt, Michaels, and Rollins back to the bench in order.

Cormier was successful in keeping the Giants from breaking the tie in the top of the seventh, despite a bunt single by Tucker to start the inning. Walker pitched for another out before the Giants brought in LHP Jason Christiansen who struck out Utley swinging and induced a soft groundout from Abreu.

The Giants faced ex-teammate Felix Rodriguez in the eighth. Grissom grounded out, but Torrealba exacted his fourth homer of the year and the game-winning run off a mistake over the plate. Barry Bonds was brought in to pinch hit for Christiansen, but Bowa four-fingered the slugger, and the Giants could not pad their lead with both Durham and Mohr making unproductive outs.

In the ninth, talk about déjà vu. Tim Worrell came in to face the Giants, although it wasn't a save situation, and they did not score against their former teammate. Dustin Hermanson came in for the Giants in the bottom of the inning and he succeeded, with three timely outs that secured the Giants' victory.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Yorvit Torrealba played a key role in the Giants victory over the Phillies. He provided some much needed momentum and spark, and his timely hitting proved to be the difference in the game. He also had a good handle on the pitching staff for backing up A.J. Pierzynski, motivating and keeping the pitchers' heads in the game.

Amy Lew has been writing close to anything and everything for since its inception. . A Giants fan since age eight (1994), she writes ‘Who's Hot and Who's Not,' does her fair share of special features, and serves an unofficial editor. You can contact her at

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