Rewind: Giants vs. Phillies, Game #3

Having lost the first two games in Pittsburgh, this roadtrip was looking bad for San Francisco. However, yesterday, the Giants already won the series from the Phillies, but today gave them a chance to sweep. After belting out ten homeruns in the first two games, the Giants used a smaller version of playing to win a rare low scoring game at Citizen Banks' Park.

Being streaky all season long, Brett Tomko was handed the ball to pitch against the Phillies' Vicente Padilla to give the Giants a chance to sweep the Phillies. Coming into a big hitters' ballpark, Tomko had an uncharacteristic outing and pitched real well into the sixth.

Things seemed to be looking good again for the Giants in the first as J.T. Snow continued his hot hitting and smashed a double with one out. However, Edgardo Alfonzo flew out deep to left field, Barry Bonds was intentionally walked, and A.J. Pierzynski could not bring any runs home.

Things were silent offensively on both ends as Tomko and Padilla were cruising along, until the bottom of the fifth, where Marlon Byrd smacked a ball to the fence that caused a controversial call. Byrd's hit was ruled a double, but it looked like it could have been a homerun.

Now with one out, the Phillies had a runner on second, and Padilla came to the plate. He hit a comebacker to Tomko, where he caught Byrd in a run down between second and third. However, on the play, Byrd allowed Padilla enough time to get to second base before being tagged out. But that call was key to the inning as Tomko walked Jimmy Rollins and got Doug Glanville to fly out to end the inning and to keep the game scoreless.

It was almost unthinkable that Tomko, a flyball pitcher, would have taken a shut out into the sixth inning while pitching at a hitters' paradise, and Bobby Abreu brought everyone back to reality with a solo shot to break into the scoreboard in the sixth.

The Giants got another bad break in the top of the seventh as Bonds led off the inning with a walk after making a sensational catch to end the sixth inning. Pierzynski hit a fly ball deep to right-center field, but on the play, Bonds could not tell whether or not the ball was caught. The ball wasn't caught, and Bonds ended up at third with Pierzynski at second. Had Bonds known that the ball would fall, he would have scored the tying run.

However, that was forgotten as former Philly, Rickey LeDee, was at the plate and worked the count to full before he hit a sacrifice fly to bring Bonds in and to advance Pierzynski to third. With less than two outs and a runner on second, Marquis Grissom struck out, and Cody Ransom was pulled for pinch hitter, Michael Tucker, who was intentionally walked. With Tomko on deck, he was taken out of the game for a pinch hitter, Deivi Cruz.

Cruz jumped on the first pitch he saw and hit a double down the first baseline. Pierzynski scored the go-ahead run, but Tucker hesitated, and was thrown out at the plate, ending the inning. However, the Giants accomplished what they set out to do and took the lead.

Lefty Scott Eyre came into the game in the seventh to pitch for the Giants, and Cruz stayed in the game to play shortstop. Eyre retired the first two batters he faced, but pinch hitter Jason Michaels blooped a single into right field, which brought hot hitter, Jimmy Rollins, to the plate. On a wild pitch, Michaels advanced to second, but Eyre struck Rollins out on a beautiful change-up to end the inning and potential threat.

Eyre continued pitching in the eighth and got two outs, but gave up a single to Abreu and made his exit for Jim Brower, who got a pop up to end the inning and another threat.

Rheal Cormier pitched for the Phillies in the eighth and ninth, and after getting two outs in the top of the ninth, Cormier walked LeDee and was pulled for Felix Rodriguez, who got another chance to face his former team. On a 2-2 pitch, LeDee took off for second and stole his first base as a Giant. Grissom coaxed a walk off Rodriguez, and that sent Pedro Feliz to the batter's box.

Feliz smashed a double into the alley-way and LeDee scored as the Giants score against their former teammate again. Cruz lined out to right field, but they brought an insurance run with them into the ninth.

Giants' closer, Dustin Hermanson, entered the game in the ninth and got three flyouts to sweep Philadelphia and to lodge his third save of the season.

Players of the Game: Brett Tomko pitched really well in a hitters' ballpark as he gave up one run, four hits, and struck out two. The Giants' bullpen, Scott Eyre, Jim Brower, and Dustin Hermanson, also performed well, pitching more scoreless innings to ensure the Giants's win.



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