Rewind: Giants vs. Brewers, Game #1

After taking the series in Arizona, the Giants headed to Milwaukee, having won two in a row. With the Wildcard race so close, the Giants needed to keep the wins rolling more than ever. To start off the series with the Brewers, veteran lefty Kirk Rueter took the mound for the Giants.

With the two first frames scoreless, the Brewers struck first in the bottom of the third. Chad Moeller led off with a single and moved over to second on a bunt. After Scott Podsednik struck out, Bill Hall doubled to easily score Moeller. Then Lyle Overbay hit one to right field to score Hall.

Milwaukee was done scoring for the night. Kirk Rueter would pitch 5.1 strong, giving up only two runs on five hits, walking only two.

The Giants then began their scoring. In the top of the fourth, they tied it up. Pedro Feliz led off with a single, and then Barry Bonds walked. Both runners advanced on Alfonzo's soft grounder. They then scored when Marquis Grissom singled sharply into center field, making the score 2-2.

That tie would not last for long. In the next frame, Ray Durham led off with a walk. Deivi Cruz sacrificed Durham to second. Feliz popped out, and then Bonds was promptly walked again. Edgardo Alfonzo singled, scoring Durham as the go-ahead run.

The bullpen along with some good defense would make that one run lead stand. Jim Brower came into pitch the sixth and the seventh. He came in after Rueter had already put two men on, by way of a hit and an intentional walk.

With one out, Brower had the task of facing the heart of the Brewers' lineup. Brady Clark singled, and Hall who had been on second flew around third and headed home. Bonds fielded it cleanly in left and hurled a perfect throw home, throwing out Hall by several feet. Brower then got Wes Helms to strike out to end the inning.

Keith Ginter walked to lead off the seventh and moved to second when Moeller bunted. Scott Eyre was brought in to face pinch hitter Chris Magruder. Magruder struck out. With two out, Podsednik slammed one deep to center field which seemed to be extra bases for sure, but then Grissom made a great play, and caught the ball.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Giants game if there wasn't a little drama. Dustin Hermanson easily got the first two outs, a popout and a strikeout swinging. But then Ginter walked. Pinch hitter Brooks Kieschnick hit one hard to right field. Ginter did not score, only because the Giants were employing the "doubles defense", allowing Dustan Mohr to cut off Kieschnick's hit before it hit the warning track. Mark Johnson then came up to bat.

As he was batting, pinch runner Terry Durrington stole second. Now a single could end the game. Johnson then hit one hard and deep, but not deep enough. Just short of the warning track, Grissom caught the ball, ending the game.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Marquis Grissom came up big tonight, driving in two, which basically was the difference in this tight game. Also, the bullpen was great tonight, throwing 3.1 scoreless – though with a little help from the defense. Dustin Hermanson got into a little trouble in the ninth, but quickly resolved it. Hermanson has really stepped up for the Giants, looking more and more like a full-fledged closer.



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