The Arizona Diamondbacks nearly pulled off the greatest comeback in their long storied franchise.
Well, their franchise history consists of a whole eight full seasons, and their comeback came up painfully short in a 10-9 comeback win for the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix.
Staked to a 7-0 lead after three innings, the Giants had to claw back from a 9-7 deficit in the final two innings, and it was several new Giants that led the way. Mark Sweeney showed Giants fans why he is batting in the third slot by blasting a two-out, two-run home run in the eighth off of tough lefty Luis Vizcaino to tie the ballgame. And the Giants took the lead for good in the top of the ninth inning via a sacrifice fly by Steve Finley that plated Ray Durham, who walked off of loser Jose Valverde (0-1).
An incumbent Giant, a new Giant, and an old Giant kept the Diamondback bats silent for the final three innings. Kevin Correija might not be starting like he wants to, but he pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief ball. Steve Kline (1-0) worked a mostly quiet eighth for the victory. And old faithful Tim Worrell came on to shut the door in the bottom of the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
Their pitching made up for some shoddy Giants middle relief work by two hard-luck pitchers. Jack Taschner gave up a run to increase his season ERA to 40.50, and Tyler Walker gave up a go-ahead three-run home run to Luis Gonzalez in the sixth inning.
But for this night, no matter. The Giants got their offense going early during the first three innings, with Randy Winn being a catalyst in all three innings. Winn began with a single in the first, a double in the second, and a triple in the third, and a single in the fifth, and scored two runs and drove in three more.
Barry Bonds hit some loud balls, but ended up with only a single in three official at-bats and extended his homerless streak to 12 games to start out the season. And the ugliness that follows the slugger on the road in light of his steroid allegations continued, as a fan threw what appeared to be a tube of toothpaste near his feet in the outfield.
But for him and the Giants, a greater infamy was avoided this evening.SFDugout’s Player of the Game: Winn. When you come within a home run of hitting for the cycle and get four hits as a leadoff hitter, it’s hard to argue otherwise. Big kudos to the relief corps that snuffed out the Diamondbacks’ rally, too.
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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