Rewind: Astros vs Giants, Game #1

The Houston Astros came to San Francisco on a roll, going 27-7 in their last 34 games. With the Wildcard chase heated between several teams, the Astros, behind the Giants by one game, needed to win this series. However, the Giants sent up their hottest pitcher, Brett Tomko who, despite a rocky start, pitched beautifully.

Brett Tomko disposed of the first two batters rather quickly. He faced some problems when he faced Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman. Despite getting Bagwell to a 3-2 count, Bagwell homered, and then Berkman lined one just over the 20-foot wall for one of his own. Just like that, the Astros were up 2-0.

That would be all Houston would score, however. Brett Tomko, assisted by sterling defense, pitched one out short of a complete game, walking only three and striking out five.

The Giants answered back in the bottom of that frame. Ray Durham singled on the first pitch he saw. Deivi Cruz also singled, putting runners on first and second for Pedro Feliz. Feliz slammed one off the left field wall to score Durham easily. With runners on second and third, Barry Bonds hit one right under the glove of Jose Vizcaino, scoring Cruz and Feliz to give the Giants a lead.

It was a lead the Giants would not give up. In the bottom of the second, they added to their lead. Cruz hit a flyout, scoring Dustan Mohr from third.

The Giants busted it wide open in the fourth, scoring four runs. With the bases loaded and no out, Pedro Feliz doubled to clear the bases. Bonds then walked, but Edgardo Alfonzo singled, scoring Feliz.

Another run was added in the eighth. Ray Durham tripled, and then scored when Cruz singled.

In the top of the ninth, Tomko got the first two batters out fairly quickly, but then walked Berkman. That ended his night. Jim Brower was then brought in to face Jeff Kent, who he got to ground out to end the game.

Player of the Game: Brett Tomko. He started off the season horribly, but now it seems like he's found his groove, getting hot at the right time. The Giants really needed good pitching, and Tomko has really stepped it up.

Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at She can be reached by email at

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