Rewind: Giants vs. Diamondbacks, Game #2

After a night of wild baseball, the Giants knew they weren't going to win against this team easily. What was suppose to be a pitcher's duel yesterday carried over to today's game instead, as both starters were on top of their game and pitched well into the game.

The Giants were concerned going into today's game. After using up almost all of their relievers the night before, Kirk Rueter was scheduled to start the second game of this series against Brad Halsey. Whenever Rueter starts a game, it is likely that the bullpen would be called upon sooner than most games. However, this wasn't the case today.

Rueter gave up just two runs in seven innings of work, but Halsey matched him inning for inning. All the Giants could get off of this finesse pitcher, who was on top of his control again, were two homeruns, one from Lance Niekro in the fifth to break a scoreless game, and one from Pedro Feliz in the seventh that tied the game for the Giants.

One of the runs the Dbacks scored off Rueter wasn't even an earned run. The bases were loaded in the bottom of the sixth after Matt Kata and Luis Gonzalez had back-to-back singles. Troy Glaus coaxed a walk from Rueter, and Shawn Green hit a ground ball to Ray Durham at second. Durham tossed the ball to Omar Vizquel at second, and Vizquel made a low throw to Niekro at first, but Niekro was unable to dig the ball out, and let the ball get by him. Two runs scored on the throwing error, and the Dbacks took the lead.

In the eighth inning, Matt Herges came into the game to relieve Rueter, and gave up a single to Royce Clayton. He was pulled for Scott Eyre to face the lefty, Luis Gonzalez, who dumped a single into shallow center field. Eyre was left in to face Glaus, and got him to pop out. Shawn Green grounded into a force out, and Tony Clark, who is a right-handed batter, was the next batter to face Eyre.

Clark lined a base hit to left field, and Arizona regained the lead with Clayton scoring the go-ahead run, to make room for closer Brandon Lyon to pitch. Lyon easily retired the Giants' 3-4-5 hitters in the ninth to end the Giants' winning streak.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Kirk Rueter pitched a gem and was victimized by poor defense and bullpen work. He deserved the win, but if Rueter continues pitching the way he has been recently, the Giants should be very relieved (no pun intended). Good job, Woody!

Game Notes: This was the fourth game in a row that Matt Herges and Scott Eyre has pitched in... Despite his error, Omar Vizquel threw out Chris Snyder while sitting after he dove for his grounder... Marquis Grissom sat out today's game, and will probably sit out tomorrow's game as well due to tightness in his hamstring.



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