Rewind: Giants vs. Brewers, Game #1

Brad Hennessey did it all in his fourth win of the 2005 season. He hit a three-run homer in the fifth and gave up only three hits over seven innings while fanning seven. The Giants offense was pretty weak behind Hennessey, but he was able to make up for on the mound and at the plate. Scott Munter and Tyler Walker both pitched scoreless innings in relief to aid the Giants in their 44th win of 2005.

Neither team mustered any serious offensive threat until the third, when Russell Branyan led off the Brewer's half of the inning with a double. Fortunately, he was unable to score when the Giants nabbed him at third as he tried to advance on a grounder by Victor Santos.

The Giants had a very lucky break in the fifth when Deivi Cruz was struck out on a wild pitch but ended up on second base with one down. With two down, Mike Matheny was intentionally walked so the Brewers could face Brad Hennessey instead. Hennessey took full advantage of the situation and blasted a three-run homer to left, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead, which they held for the rest of the game. Player of the Game: Brad Hennessey. No one else did anything worth mentioning, except props to Tyler Walker and Scott Munter, who both had perfect innings, which is good for a team that usually struggles with their bullpen.

Game Notes: The Giants are now only six and a half games out, due to San Diego's continuing struggles... The Padres lead the west with only a .500 record.

Jesse Radin writes for and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to

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