Rewind: Giants vs. Marlins, Game #3

With the Wild Card leading Cubs winning and the Padres not so far behind with a victory today, the Giants came into this game with a need to keep pace with the contending teams. They turned to Brett Tomko, who is 4-0 lifetime against Florida, in hopes of taking the rubber match to gain momentum into the next series.

Things seemed to not be in the Giants' favor as World Series hero of last season, Josh Beckett, was going through the Giants' lineup with no trouble. Brett Tomko was the first player to disturb Beckett's rhythm as he drew a walk in a ten pitch set from Beckett.

That enabled Ray Durham to hit his 14th shot of the year into right field, giving the Giants a 2-0 advantage. The Giants tacted on two more runs in the fourth as Pedro Feliz led off the inning with a double. After Barry Bonds grounded out, Feliz advanced to third and easily scored on A.J. Pierzynski's single to left.

The hot hitting Deivi Cruz followed that with his own single to give the Giants a 4-0 advantage. After Pierzynski and Ricky Ledee drew back-to-back walks off relieving pitcher Billy Koch in the eighth, Cruz collected another RBI with a solid single into right.

That was more than enough for Tomko, as he impressively handled the heart of the Marlins' order in his ninth inning of work for his eighth complete game, and first career shut out.

Notes: After being very stingy with pitches for Bonds to hit, the Marlins opted to pitch to Bonds today. Bonds went 0-4 with a walk, two groundouts, a strikeout, and a popout.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Brett Tomko gets this honor, hands down. Not only did he pitch a complete game, four-hit shut out for the win, but he also gave the bullpen a much needed rest after they've pitched 12 innings in the past two days. No Marlins' runner advanced further than second base today, and Tomko's complete game became the fifth of the season for the Giants by a starting pitching.



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