Rewind: Giants vs Marlins, Game #2

The Giants looked to get a game closer as the Dodgers had been defeated, and through a 10-inning battle, were able to do so with a final score of 6-5. Deivi Cruz and Pedro Feliz provided the only home runs in the contest.

The Marlins took an early lead in the first. Juan Pierre singled to left and stole second and third, both during Paul Lo Duca's at-bat. Miguel Cabrera grounded out to short and Pierre scored on the play.

A triple by Dustan Mohr followed by a Yorvit Torrealba sac fly tied the game in the third inning.

The Giants jumped ahead in the fourth. Dontrelle Willis walked Barry Bonds intentionally with two out and the bases empty. He followed this with a walk to Edgardo Alfonzo, and a passed ball by Lo Duca put the runners on second and third for Marquis Grissom. Grissom hit a single to left to drive in Bonds.

Florida took the first multi-run lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. Alex Gonzalez led off the inning with a single, and Willis failed to pull off a sacrifice bunt, but Pierre tripled Gonzalez home. With two down, Cabrera walked, and Mike Lowell hit a bases-clearing double to give the Marlins a solid 4-2 lead.

A leadoff home run by Deivi Cruz brought the Giants within one, but the Marlins got in a two-out bases loaded situation for Pierre, who promptly hit a single to center to give the Marlins a two-run lead once again.

In the eighth, the Giants tied things up completely. With one out, Cruz hit an infield single. Pedro Feliz hit a two-run blast to knot the game at 5.

Neither team scored in the 9th, forcing the game into extra innings. Two consecutive one-out singles by Ray Durham and Cruz gave the Giants a two-on, one-out situation in the tenth. Feliz could not capitalize, and the Marlins intentionally walked Bonds. A.J. Pierzynski received a walk as well, forcing in the lead run.

Dustin Hermanson successfully closed out the game for his sixth save of the season.

SFDugout ‘s Player of the Game: Deivi Cruz played a big role in this game. He went 3-5, scored twice, and drove in a run. Without him, the Giants would not have been able to win this game as they did.

Jesse Radin writes for 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

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