However, it fell apart for the hard-luck Tomko from the very beginning. Craig Counsell was walked on four pitches, and former Giant Royce Clayton doubled to right field, where rookie Todd Linden had a shot at the ball, which was in his glove momentarily, but fell out. With runners on second and third, Luis Gonzalez stepped to the plate and blooped a single into left field to give Arizona its first lead.
With still no outs, Shawn Green hit a single down the left field line to make it 2-0, and Alex Cintron grounded into a double play to score Gonzalez as the Diamondbacks' third run. Chad Tracy began his big night with a single, and former Giant Jose Cruz, Jr. finally ended the inning by striking out.
The Giants tried to come back in the bottom half when Jason Ellison led off with a bunt single. J.T. Snow singled up the middle and with two outs, Ray Durham drew a walk. However, Pedro Feliz was called out on strikes to end the Giants' threat.
In the second, Linden continued putting on a show at "the show" by hitting a solo jack to put the Giants on the board. In the third inning, Omar Vizquel led off with an infield single. Durham drew another walk, and Feliz doubled down the left field line to bring Vizquel home. Linden was hit by a pitch, and Matheny stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch as well to bring in the tying run.
In the fifth inning, Moises Alou led off with a single and Feliz doubled off the left field wall. With both runners in scoring position, Linden grounded out to bring in the go ahead run, but that lead was short-lived.
Tomko has pitched scoreless frames since the first, and had not allowed a baserunner until the fifth. Wtih two outs, Counsell singled, but Tomko got out of the inning without any more damage.
However, in the sixth inning, Gonzalez doubled to left and Green followed that with a double over the centerfield wall to tie the game up again. With Green on third base, Tracy slammed a roundtripper that made just inside the right field pole to give Arizona the lead for good.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz and Todd Linden proved to be the fuel of all of the Giants' offense in a night where frustration loomed over the bats. This should be exciting news for the Giants as their young players are stepping up and making an impact.
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