Rewind: Giants vs. Royals; Game 1

There is nothing more the Giants would like to do than to wash the taste of a horrible 1-7 roadtrip. With the Royals in town, who have a new manager and a winning record since then, the Giants look to start another streak. A winning one.

At last, the Giants are home. The G-men couldn’t wait to get onto the field to win some games, which they haven’t been doing much at all on the road. They welcomed the Kansas City Royals for the first time to SBC Park with Kirk Rueter on the mound against the young D.J. Carrasco.

Things seem to continue looking as gloom as they’ve been in the first inning. Angel Berroa led off the game with a single and David DeJesus followed that with a walk.

However, the Giants got one of those runs back as Ellison made up for his error by leading off the bottom of the first with a double. Deivi Cruz, in place of Omar Vizquel at shortstop, grounded out with Ellison moving to third. J.T. Snow collected his 12th RBI of the season with a bloop single to bring Ellison in. Unfortunately, Moises Alou flied out deep, and Ray Durham grounded out to end the inning with the Giants still down by one run.

Rueter looked to get out of the second inning quickly, but Tony Graffanino didn’t let that happen. He sent one of Rueter’s pitches deep into the bleachers to give the Royals a two run advantage again.

Kansas City continued scoring in the third when Berroa led off with another single. DeJesus followed that with a triple to death valley which easily scored Berroa. DeJesus easily scored on a sacrifice fly by Emil Brown, giving the Royals a 5-1 advantage.

There was no way for Rueter to have a swift inning as Berroa continued his night with a lead off triple in the fifth. With one out, Sweeney blooped a single to left field that brought in Kansas City’s sixth run of the night. Brown hit a made to order double play ground ball, but Durham was ruled to have come off the base while performing a double play, making both Sweeney and Brown safe. Terrence Long proceeded to hit single into left field that scored Sweeney and chased Rueter from the game.

Jim Brower took over and walked Graffanino to load the bases. However, Brower retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a soft lineout to finally help the Giants get out of a long inning. Meanwhile, Carrasco was steamrolling over the Giants as he retired 14 in a row into the sixth inning.

Carrasco continued his brilliance when he retired the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, but Deivi Cruz got on board with an infield single, but Snow recorded the third out and that was it for the Giants.

The Royals added to their lead in the seventh. Brower promptly retired the first two batters in the inning, but Long hit Kansas City’s third triple of the night and scored on Graffanino’s single for the Royals’ eighth run.

In the eighth, Alou was taken out of the game along with Brower, who gave way to Al Levine. Levine retired all three batters in the eighth. The Giants got two men on base at the same time for the first time in the eighth when Feliz and Ellison singled, but were unable to capitalize.

Carrasco kept cruising through the game, and pinned his first career complete game.

Game Notes: The Royals are now 5-2 under their new manager, Buddy Bell.

Players of the Game: The Giants’ bullpen performed well under the circumstances. Brower was victimized by a misjudged ball, but other than that, Brower and Levine pitched very well. Also, we can not forget the great performance by D.J. Carrasco, who had his first career complete game in his seventh start this season.



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