Rewind: Reds at Giants, Game #4

Even though the Reds took an early 1-0 lead against the Giants, a three-run fifth followed by a two-run seventh allowed San Fransicsco to win by a solid score of 5-1. Tomko pitched five innings giving up only one run, but he also gave up six hits and two walks. Mike Matheny drove in four runs on two hits, hitting a double and a three-run homer. Lance Niekro was the only other Giant to drive in a run.

Neither team scored in the first, but in the second Brett Tomko got himself into some trouble by coughing up a leadoff double to Ken Griffey Jr. Fortuantely for him, Joe Randa hit a line drive to the second baseman that resulted in a double play and no runs scored despite there being a runner on second with no one out.

The Giants received a two-out single by Deivi Cruz in the bottom of the inning, and an error by Adam Dunn allowed Cruz to advance to third, but he was thrown out trying to steal home and give the Giants an early lead.

A two-out single by Griffey followed by a triple by Randa gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Giants sought out their revenge. Michael Tucker hit a single to left, and with one out, Pedro Feliz hit into a fielder’s choice except Michael Tucker made it to second on the error by Cincinatti shortstop Felipe Lopez. Mike Matheny took advantage of the situation with a bomb to left field to give the Giants a decent 3-1 lead.

Tomko left the game with the bases loaded and no one out in the sixth inning, but Jason Christiansen and Scott Munter were able to pull off the improbable by getting the next three batters out without scoring a single run.

With two down in the seventh, Feliz hit a single. Matheny followed up with an RBI double for his fourth RBI of the night. Niekro pinch-hit for Eyre and hit a double of his own to give the Giants a strong 5-1 lead.

Strong pitching by LaTroy Hawkins and Tyler Walker allowed the Giants to win their second in a row without any fear of losing their late-game lead. Player of the Game: Mike Matheny, hands down. No one expected this guy to be an offensive force whatsoever when we signed him. But he’s hit 9 home runs before the all-star break. If he keeps this up, he will have 17 home runs and 81 RBIs when the season is through. However with 9 homers, he already bested his career high of 8 of 2003.

Game Notes: The Giants split this four game series with the Reds….The Giants are nine games behind the Padres, who also won tonight.

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