Rewind: Mets vs. Giants, Game #1

Noah Lowry continued to disrupt the timing of opposing batters as he shut down the New York Mets on Friday night, but it was his impressive outing that came at the right time, taking some sting off the groin injury to Jason Schmidt.

The rookie left-hander made his best Schmidt impersonation as he baffled the Mets all night, leading the Giants to a 7-3 win at the ballpark off the shores of McCovey Cove.

Lowry (3-0) pitched six and two thirds innings, while striking out a career-high 10 batters, but more impressively, did not issue a walk. He yielded three runs on six hits, while maintaining the Giants' unbeaten streak in games he starts.

"Wow, every time the kid goes to the mound I feel like we're winning the game for sure," Manager Felipe Alou said. "He might have the best changeup in the league."

Edgardo Alfonzo set the tone early when he went deep against Giants' nemesis Steve Trachsel (10-10) in the first inning to give the Giants (68-56) an early 2-0 lead.

Pedro Feliz, who was a late addition to the starting lineup due to a J.T. Snow skin infection, added a solo shot in the second inning, jumpstarting a four-run inning that imparted a 6-0 deficit on the Mets (58-62) heading into the third.

Feliz blasted another solo homer in the fifth inning to extend the Giants lead to 7-0. It was his third multi-homerun game of the season and fourth of his career. He also set a career high in homers with 17.

"The more opportunities, the better I get," Feliz said. "You just have to prove every day what you've got."

The seven runs seemed more than enough for Lowry, who breezed through the first six innings, retiring 15 of 16 batters at one point. He credited battery mate A.J. Pierzynski for his continued success.

"It's nice to come up and help out," Lowry said of his performance. "I'm just throwing strikes and staying ahead in the count, and you have to give (Pierzynski) a lot of credit. He keeps these hitters off balance every time I'm out there."

Lowry eventually gave up a few runs in his last inning of work, partly due to fatigue as he left the seventh inning with a pitch count of 104. David Wright scored on a Wilson Delgado RBI groundout, which Gerald Williams followed with a pinch-hit two-run homer to cut the Giants lead to 7-3.

Lowry departed to a well-deserved standing ovation and gave way to Jim Brower, who did a remarkable job in relief, striking out four of the five batters he faced.

Dustin Hermanson made short work of the Mets for a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the win the Giants eighth in their last nine games.

Notes: Ray Durham broke an 0-for-27 slump with a line drive single to left field in the first inning... The Mets flew in to San Francisco, fresh off a doubleheader sweep of the Rockies on Thursday... The aforementioned Snow was a late scratch due to a skin irritation on his inflamed left elbow, which seemed to be the result of a bug bite... Barry Bonds actually got pitched to and went 3-for-4 with a double.

SFDugout Player of the Game: None other than Noah Lowry, of course, as he, for at least one game, took the fans' minds off Schmidt's injury. That devastating changeup definitely looks like one of the best in the game and for Alou to mention that, after coaching and watching Pedro Martinez first-hand, speaks volumes of his confidence in Lowry.



Phil Delacruz was a transplanted Giants fan, buried in the Southland. After four strenuous years in College, studying (read: partying), he's back in the beautiful "City by the Bay" – San Francisco. Do you think he should move back to LALA land? Or do you like him where he is now and appreciate the good reads? Either way, send him an e-mail at phildelacruz@aol.com to air out your frustrations or, more likely, songs of praise.

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