Brett Tomko (2-4) took the mound Wednesday in search of his third victory in a row after a having a tough April. Opposing Tomko in the rubber-match of the series was the Diamondbacks young ace, Brandon Webb (4-0). The 25-year-old righty has caught the league's attention this season, with his devastating sinker and quality fastball.
Both pitchers started Wednesday's game with their A-games, working swiftly up and down the lineups. Webb struck out the side in the second inning and Tomko didn't allow a hit until the there were two outs in the fourth. That's where Tomko's success would end however, as he would end up allowing nine hits and four runs, over six innings.
Getting on the scoreboard first Wednesday afternoon were the Giants, thanks to a rally in the fourth. After a one out walk to Alou, Feliz smacked a double down the right field line driving in the first run of the game. Feliz didn't get a good jump out of the box however, and was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a triple. Ray Durham followed with another walk, but was quickly picked off by Webb to end the inning.
The D'Backs countered in a big way in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead 4-1 on six consecutive two out hits. After a visit to the mound by Dave Righetti, Tomko settled down and recorded the third out of the inning.
The Giants began to chip away at Arizona's lead in the sixth inning. J.T. Snow walked, Alou followed with a single and Feliz picked up his second RBI of the game, with a single down the right field line bringing the score to 4-2.
Arizona added a couple insurance runs in the seventh inning off of Giants reliever Jeff Fassero. A Snow error and a couple hits sparked the rally. These would be the final runs of a game that would end 6-2 in the Diamondbacks favor.
Webb picked up the victory lasting six innings, striking out seven and only allowing two runs. Having solid offensive games for the desert snakes were Louis Gonzalez, who picked up three hits and an RBI and Chad Tracy, who added two hits and knocked in a run.
After three dazzling plays Tuesday night, the Omar Vizquel fielding clinic continued into Wednesday's game. The gracefully gifted shortstop again thrilled everyone with his glove while turning a double play in the sixth inning. Through 27 games Vizquel has two errors, as he tries to field his way to a tenth gold glove award.
Besides the loss more bad news hit the bay Wednesday morning with word that Barry Bonds underwent his third knee surgery of the year, Monday in Southern California. This third surgery was in needed due to an infection from his previous knee draining operation March 18.
Bonds in not talking to the media nor are any of he teammates allowed to talk about his status, thus Bonds is keeping the public informed of his condition through his personal website. Early Wednesday he revealed he had the additional surgery via the World Wide Web.
"The surgery went well," Bonds wrote. "Dr. Ting cleaned out the infected area and they are now treating me with antibiotics."
Without Bonds and having a roster full of older bodies, the Giants will continue to look to their rookies Jason Ellison and Lance Niekro to play a lot of innings. Ellison had eight hits on the road trip and Niekro blasted two homers and they are batting .408 and .326 respectively, not bad for a couple rookies.
Giant's reliever Jeremy Accardo made his major league debut Wednesday, as he retired the side in order in the eighth inning. .
Giants Manager Felipe Alou is happy his friend Frank Robinson and his old club the Nationals are headed to town. Alou spent 10 years coaching the then Montreal Expos, which featured several talented players playing before pitiful crowds.
"They're a better team," said Alou. "Thank God they don't have Vladimir Guerrero. They're a good team and have been tough the past two years, and swept up last year. I'm glad Frank got his wish to manage, to stay with the team after the uncertainty."
SFDugout's Player of the Game: In a game where offense was lacking, the defense was certainly there. Omar Vizquel continues putting on a show at shortstop. A show that no Giants' fan has seen in more than ten years.
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