Rewind: Giants at Marlins, Game 1

Post-715 hangover? An overlooked club that plays in front of sparse crowds? Whatever the reasons, the Giants continued their distant road struggles, as anemic Giants bats made these fish too big to fry on this date.

Barry Bonds now has his 715 home runs.  The San Francisco Giants now need to find a clue east of the Mississippi.

A day after the Giants slugger passed Babe Ruth in the record books, a mere five base hits – including only one extra-base hit – by Giants batters made Scott Olsen look like a world-beater, and the Florida Marlins downed the Giants 5-1 in front of a sparse crowd at Dolphins Stadium on Memorial Day.  The loss dropped the Giants to 1-6 in games played in the central and eastern time zones.

Olsen (3-3) pitched nothing like his record entering the game (2-3, 6.64 ERA), scattering the only five Giants hits in the game and allowing only one run on a solo home run by no. 5 hitter Ray Durham in the top of the seventh inning.

Despite the limited number of hits, the Giants certainly had their chances against Olsen.  Singles by Omar Vizquel and Barry Bonds put runners on first and second with only one out in the fourth inning, but two successive groundouts left the runners stranded.  Then after Durham’s homer to left to lead off the seventh, walks by Steve Finley and Travis Ishikawa put two runners on with one out, but Olsen induced two flyouts to escape the inning without further incident.

The lack of offense made Matt Morris the hard-luck loser.  Morris (3-6) pitched well enough to win, featuring a very effective curveball.  But he allowed a couple of loud hits in the fourth inning, including Mike Jacob’s home run that opened up the scoring.  Two innings later, Morris intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera with a runner on second base, but then allowed back-to-back two-out hits to Josh Willingham and Jeremy Hermeida to give the Marlins a 3-0 advantage.

Brian Wilson replaced Morris in the seventh, and despite some electric pitches, an early bout of wildness – a hit batsman and a walk to open the inning – eventually led to two more runs when a single by Dan Uggla plated two more runs for a 5-1 advantage.

The Giants could hardly dent the scoreboard upon Olsen’s exit, as the Marlin’s unheralded bullpen held Giants batters hitless for the final two innings.  Florida closer Joe Borowski even got into the act, striking out his first two batters and inducing a fly out by pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen to end the game – thereby betraying his tragic Chicago Cubs heritage.

SFDugout Player of the Game: Durham.  Providing the only run for your team generally gets you off the hook.  But despite allowing a few two-out hits, Morris deserved a better fate.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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