Rewind: Giants vs. Dbacks, Game #4

In their ninth win in the early 2006 season, the Giants held a comfortable 6-0 lead buoyed by an five-run first. But the Diamondbacks would come back to tie it up, and the Giants had a late rally to claim victory. However, despite pitching nearly seven innings, Jamey Wright did not earn his third win of the season.

A single to center, a bunt single, and a walk gave the Giants a bases loaded, no-out situation to start the game. Moises Alou singled in Randy Winn to drive in the Giants first run, but they were just getting started. With one down, Ray Durham walloped a triple to deep center, clearing the bases. A single from Lance Niekro drove in Durham for the Giants fifth run of the inning.

Jamey Wright helped his own cause in the third. The Giants again had a bases-loaded with no out situation to lead off the inning, but then Todd Greene got thrown out at home trying to score off of Pedro Feliz's fly ball to right. Wright singled to left, scoring Durham and giving the Giants their sixth run, but that was all the Giants would get in the third.

Wright cruised with the lead, giving up only one run over the first six innings. But with a runner on third and two down in the seventh, Jeff Fassero took over and promptly threw a wild pitch to score Orlando Hudson for Arizona's second run of the game, and gave up a single to Jeff DaVanon. Steve Kline took over from there to get the final out of the inning.

Chad Tracy led off with a walk in the eighth and moved to second on a call of fielder's indifference. Luis Gonzales hit a single to center, driving Tracy for the Diamondbacks third run. C Jackson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to give the Giants a decent situation with two out and no one on, but Kline walked Shawn Green to put a runner on, and Tim Worrell gave up a bunt single to Andy Green to get the tying run at the plate. Johnny Estrada, the tying run, tied the game with a three-run blast to right-center.

But the Giants weren't ready to let this game slip away from them. With one down, Steve Finley singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Alou singled to right, moving Finley to third, and Bonds was walked intentionally in a pinch appearance. But with two down, a walk to Mark Sweeney forced in the lead run, and a two run double from Feliz gave the Giants a solid three-run lead. The Diamondbacks would get within two with a two-out solo homer by Tracy, but the Giants held on to even the series.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Ray Durham. He's been struggling at the plate this season, so this was a key game for him. His three-run triple was very important in giving the Giants an early lead, and he scored twice himself. An honorable mention must go to Jamey Wright, who pitched solidly for the third consecutive time. He deserved a win, but the relievers gave up the lead and robbed him of his third 2006 victory.

Game Notes: The Giants, as a team, left ten men on base, and the Diamondbacks left six... A combined 15 walks were delivered during the course of the game... Tim Worrell got the win despite giving up a 6-3 lead because he was still the pitcher when the Giants regained the lead for good.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com 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 electricbassguy@gmail.com

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