Rewind: Giants vs. Dbacks, Game #1

Facing a reeling Diamondbacks squad, the Giants offense managed only three hits, and another solid outing by Jamey Wright goes for naught, as San Francisco drops its fourth straight. This along with a Dodgers' loss shifts things around in a very close NL West.

Not even a trip to one of the most hitter friendly parks in the majors could cure the San Francisco's recent hitting woes. Following a homestand where the Giants went 3-4 against the two worst teams in the National League, they continued their freefall Tuesday night.

Rookie hurler Enrique Gonzalez shut down the Giants allowing only one hit in seven innings, and Chad Tracy homered in Arizona's 2-1 victory.

The Diamondbacks came into the game into the game in the midst of a seven game losing streak. They had been outscored 58-16 in that span and were in desperate need of a solid outing by their starter, and Gonzalez was more than up to the task.

After giving up a single to Omar Vizquel in the first inning, Gonzalez (2-0) retired the next 18 batters he faced. In that span, the Giants rarely made solid contact against the right hander, often taking off-balanced swings and looking completely out of sync.

Arizona on the other hand, managed just enough offense in support of Gonzalez. Tracy got things rolling in the top of the first, crushing a Jamey Wright fastball deep into the right-field seats for his 11th home run of the season, giving the D'backs a 1-0 lead.

Shawn Green hit a ball into the gap in left-center that got past a diving Randy Winn, rolling all the way to the wall for a leadoff triple in the fifth. Green then came in to score on Johnny Estrada's sacrifice fly to center to put the Snakes in front 2-0.

Wright (5-6) became the latest pitcher to be saddled with a loss despite turning in an exceptional performance. The right-hander limited Arizona to just six hits and two runs deserving a better fate, but he fell victim to yet another pathetic performance by the Giants offense. Over the past three games, San Francisco has scored a measly six runs, while the team's starting pitchers have allowed only four.

San Francisco finally mounted a threat in the seventh. With two outs and nobody on, Durham and Bonds walked, bringing up Moises Alou. Alou could not come through in the clutch though, hitting a weak grounder to third ending the inning.

Eliezer Alfonzo finally put the Giants on the board in the eighth cracking a solo home run to left off of reliever Luis Vizcaino making the score 2-1.

That was as close as the Giants would get however, as closer Arizona closer Jorge Julio threw a scoreless ninth, getting Barry Bonds on a groundout to first for the final out of the game.

Having now lost four in a row San Francisco appears to be in trouble. The team is currently in a stretch where they play 15 of 18 games against teams below .500. While most of their NL West counterparts are playing tougher opponents, the Giants so far are letting a golden opportunity to gain ground in the division slip away, as the offense continues to sputter, having scored just 30 runs in their last eight games--14 of those runs coming in last Tuesday's victory against the Marlins.

The Giants will look to end their skid tonight as Matt Cain (4-5, 5.20 ERA) goes up against Claudio Vargas (6-3, 5.34 ERA) @ 6:40 pm.

Game Notes: The Giants placed first baseman Lance Niekro on the 15 day DL with a strained groin and recalled Travis Ishikawa from AA Connecticut. Ishikawa started in tonight's game and went 0-3.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Jamey Wright threw seven outstanding innings, allowing six hits and only two runs. Eliezer Alfonso hit his second home run of the season as a big leaguer: a solo blast in the eighth inning.



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