In a night filled with baserunners for both teams, the Giants took advantage of a plethora of scoring opportunities with at least one base hit in every inning except their last, and the Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 at SBC Park.
The Giants took advantage of an often-erratic Arizona ace in Javier Vazquez. Singles by J.T. Snow and Moises Alou each drove in single runs, driving in top of the order men Jason Ellison and Omar Vizquel in the first and third innings, respectively.
A few scoreless frames ensued, then Vazquezs wildness cost him dearly in the bottom of the sixth. Aided by two Vazquez wild pitches that put runners on third with no one out both times, Todd Lindens double plated Ray Durham, then Mike Mathenys sacrifice fly scored Linden for a 4-0 Giants lead.
The Diamondbacks finally crossed the plate in the top of the seventh. With runners on first and second and no out, shortstop Royce Clayton singled to shallow center field, driving in pinch hitter Chad Tracy, who had doubled off Scott Munter leading off the inning. After left fielder Luis Gonzales coaxed a walk off of Scott Eyre to load the bases, third baseman Troy Glaus then very nearly hit a grand slam, but his deep fly ball to left was caught near the wall by Alou for a sacrifice fly. Eyre then induced Arizona first baseman Tony Clark into an inning ending double play grounder to end the threat with just two runs scored.
But the Giants broke it open in the bottom of the inning. After Snow walked, Durham collected his third hit of the ballgame, putting runners at first and second. Diamondbacks reliever Lance Cormier struck out Linden, but Pedro Feliz took a Cormier offering to right field for a three-run home run. Matheny followed with a solo shot of his own for an 8-2 lead.
Giants brass and fans also had to be pleased with their teams improving starting pitching. While starter Noah Lowry didnt pitch the most efficient of games (115 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work), he left the game with a shutout. Four relievers combined to finish the game, with Tyler Walker working out of trouble in a somewhat hairy ninth to end the game with a meaningless Diamondbacks run scored for an 8-3 final.
SF Dugout Players of the Game: Durham and Feliz. The former continued his recent hot hitting with three hits, and has seventeen hits in his last ten games. The latter hit his first home run in nearly a month nice to see him go the other way with it, too. A big shout out to Matheny as well he keeps getting big RBI hits, and he must be given a lot of credit for the starting pitchers recent turnaround.
Game Notes: The Giants won their 9,991th game in their franchises long history Every Giants starter except Lowry had at least one hit and either scored or drove in a run Hard to believe that Mathenys career high for RBIs in a season is 50, accomplished in 2004 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He already has 32 with the Giants this season That funky stance still works Diamondbacks second baseman Craig Counsell singled in the third inning, and now has an 11-game hitting streak Former Giant and one-time Predator look-alike Royce Clayton rapped out three hits against his ex-team Lots of baserunners equal lots of time the nine-inning game ended at 11:05pm PST.
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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