Rewind: Giants vs. Dbacks, Game #3

After leading 1-0, the Giants gave up seven runs over the next three innings en route to a 10-3 loss. Matt Cain gave up five earned runs in as many innings. Despite their ten hits, the Giants could only manage three runs, and have had trouble scoring runs as of late. Even though they have lost the last two contests in a row, the Giants remain in first place with an 8-6 record.

In the top of the first, the Giants had a typical frustrating inning. After a one-out single by Omar Vizquel, Steve Findley promptly grounded into a double play, ending any potential rally.

First baseman Mark Sweeney gave the Giants an early lead in the second with a solo shot, but that slim margin would only last until the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Jeff DaVanon tied the game with one swing of the bat. But Chad Tracy followed with a double, and Luis Gonzales a triple to give the Diamondbacks the lead. Cain then walked Tony Clark, and Gonzalez scored on a balk by Cain, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-1 lead. He was able to get out of the inning leaving Clark on second, but the damage had been done.

The fifth inning provided no relief for the Giants. Craig Counsell led off the inning with a single, and DaVanon followed with an infield single of his own. Tracy flied out to move Counsell to third, and Gonzalez hit a sac fly, scoring Counsell. Clark then hit a double to give the D'backs a solid 5-1 lead that would keep them safe from the Giants for the rest of the game.

The Diamondbacks added two more in the sixth even with two down and no one on after a well-timed double play, and a solo homer by Moises Alou in the seventh only gave the Giants a little bit of life, not nearly enough to topple Arizona's large lead. The Giants would add one more in the eighth, but three additional runs by Arizona in the bottom half of the inning would seal the deal.

Player of the Game:
There are few options in this desolate game. Despite managing ten hits as a team, only Randy Winn received more than one, and thus he wins the Player of the Game with his 2-4 showing and his average having increased to .377. Sadly he was unable to score or drive anyone in. An honorable mention goes to Steve Finley who drove in the Giants third run and had a 1-3 showing.

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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