Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #1

The San Francisco Giants faced long time rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers in tonight's game. The Giants hoped to cut down the Dodgers lead in the West by .5 games. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case as the Dodgers offense was alive and the Giants' struggled.

San Francisco Giants left-handed starting pitcher, Kirk Rueter, started off the game well, with the help of the infield. Through the game, Rueter pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. Odalis Perez also pitched well, lasting eight innings and only allowing two runs on three hits. All the runs these two pitchers gave up were scored through home runs.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Giants were able to score their first and only runs of the game. On the second pitch he saw, Barry Bonds hit his 702nd career homer to deep right field onto the arcade. Catcher, Yorvit Torrealba later hit his 6th homer of the season, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers finally got on the board in the top of the fourth. After giving up a walk to Adrian Beltre, Shawn Green hit his 28th homer of the season. With one out, Jose Hernandez broke the 2-2 tie in the game with a homer to center field. These three runs were the only runs in the game that the Dodgers scored. The Giants bullpen and the defense came through to keep the game tight by shutting down the Dodgers for the rest of the game, despite the many hits they had.

The Giants were unable to get many opportunities to score against Perez. However, their biggest chance came in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs and Dodgers' closer, Eric Gagne, pitching, Pedro Feliz drew a walk. Bonds was then given an intentional pass to first. J.T. Snow, who was 6-18 against Gagne, came into the game. He loaded up the bases with another walk and left it up to Yorvit Torrealba. Torrealba was unable to deliver as he lined out to left field to end the game.

The Giants are now 2.5 games behind the Dodgers and 1.5 behind the Chicago Cubs.

Notes: J. T. Snow is the recipient of the Willie Mac Award, making him the second two-time winner of the award. The first was Giants announcer Mike Krukow in 1985 and 1986. Dave Burba is out for the season after and MRI revealed that he has a Grade 2 AC strain in his left shoulder.

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