Clutch hits, great defense and stellar pitching werent enough for the San Francisco Giants to capture a win Wednesday afternoon at SBC Park.
The Giants are a bruised and battered club at this point in the season. A strained right shoulder landed Giants ace Jason Schmidt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. San Franciscos injury woes continue to mount up with star slugger Barry Bonds and closer Armando Benitez already on the shelf.
J.T. Snow missed another game due to flu-like symptoms Wednesday, but the Giants did welcome Moises Alou back to the lineup. Alou had missed the previous two games due to a stomach virus. Giants reliever Scott Eyre is also banged up after leaving Tuesday nights game with a right calf cramp.
Wednesday afternoons rubber match by the bay featured the Giants young lefty Noah Lowry (1-4) and the Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Fogg (3-2). Fogg was bumped up a day in the rotation to start on only three days rest, due to a shoulder injury to the starter Oliver Perez.
Lowrys previous four starts of the season were ones he would like to forget, as the kid tried to get back into his groove at the expense of the Pirates. Lowry retired the first nine out of 10 hitters he faced.
A third inning solo homerun by Ray Sadler gave the Pirates the first run of the game. The round-trip blast was Sadlers first career hit and the Pirates first hit of the game off of Lowry.
The Giants countered quickly scoring in the bottom of the third. Jason Ellison led the inning off with a double. Yorvit Torrealba then sacrificed him to third with a pop up to right field and then Lowry drove the run in, with a grounder to short.
With one out in the fourth inning Alou and Ray Durham singled putting runners on the corners. Lance Niekro then brought in the go head run with a sacrifice fly to right-center, scoring Alou and giving the Giants a 2-1 lead.
Heading into the seventh inning Lowry had retired 11 Pirates hitters in a row, but this was when his luck would run out, as the Pirates took over the game. Lowry allowed a double to Jack Wilson, a single to Jose Castillo and a two-run homerun to Ty Wigginton. The Pirates scored three runs on three hits to take the lead 4-2.
On three singles and a Daryl Ward home run, the Pirates extended their lead to 7-2 in the ninth inning. Tyler Walker struggled with his control and surrendered the runs.
Fogg picked up the victory for the Pirates. He struck out a pair, allowed two runs, and only walked one over a span of seven innings. Having strong offensive games for the Pirates were Castillo and Sadler with two hits apiece.
Wednesday was get away day for the Giants, as the team flew to Houston after the game. Thursday night the Giants send Brad Hennessey (1-0) to the hill against the Astros crafty southpaw Andy Pettitte (2-3).
On a side note Felipe Alous longtime friend and fellow Dominican Republic countrymen, Tony Pena resigned as manager of the Kansas City Royals Wednesday morning.
"I don't expect anybody else thought Kansas City would win it," Alou said. "They have a lot of young guys there. I'd like to talk to him. It [would be] good to hear what happened."
SF Dugout Player of the game: Jason Ellison continues to play not like your typical rookie. After picking up two more hits Wednesday, the speedy center fielder is now hitting .394.
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