Rewind: Rangers vs. Giants, Game #3

After an odd game one, and a game two of booming offense combined with decent pitching, the Giants followed with great pitching and timely hitting. The frustrated Rangers got the short end of the stick yet again at AT&T Park on getaway day.

Omar Vizquel is sure making a good case to earn a spot in this season's All-Star Game. His latest heroics enabled the Giants to squeeze by an outstanding performance by John Koronka, who only allowed fours hits, no walks and one run in six innings of work. Jason Schmidt countered with just as strong of a performance for the Giants. He went seven innings and one run on five hits with five more punchouts.

The Giants got on the board first in the second inning when Pedro Feliz powered another hit, this time a double, and moved to third on Steve Finley's flyout. Jason Ellison followed with a sacrifice fly, and Feliz came in to score the Giants' first run until much later in the game.

The Rangers didn't wait long to manufacture a run of their own. Mark DeRosa led off the fourth with a triple, and Michael Young was safe on a fielding error by Feliz at third. Mark Teixeira grounded into a force out, which allowed DeRosa to tie the game.

The contest stayed knotted until Vizquel's hit in the eighth. After Kevin Correia and Jonathan Sanchez combined to pitch a scoreless top of the inning, the Giants realized there wasn't much time left. Ellison coaxed a walk from new pitcher Scott Feldman, and moved to second on Eliezer Alfonzo's sacrifice bunt. With pinch hitter Jose Vizcaino waiting, Texas sent Francisco Cordero to replace Feldman. Vizcaino grounded out, but the speedy Ellison was able to make it to third. Randy Winn drew another walk, and up came Vizquel.

On the first pitch he saw from Cordero, Vizquel punched a single to right field, and Ellison scored the go-ahead run.

Jeremy Accardo came into the game in the ninth to try to close it out for the Giants, and he did. However, he did walk Brad Wilkerson with two outs, but got out of that easily as he retired Ian Kinsler to end the game.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Omar Vizquel, who was out on just Monday with an injury, came up big for the Giants again, this time in the batter's box. This man is definitely deserving of a spot on the All-Star team this summer. An honorable mention goes to the pitching staff, who collectively turned in another strong outing.



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