Rewind: Giants vs. Dodgers, Game #2

After a close win yesterday, the Giants hope to come back for more against their rivals. With the offense booming on both sides, it was a matter of which pitching staff would be able to hold either team down. The Dodgers won the battle, knotting the series up.

The Giants sent Matt Morris, who has been pitching well as of late, to the mound to counter against Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers young pitching sensation. However, this game was nothing close to being a pitching duel.

In the top of the first, Omar Vizquel singled on a line drive to right field. Then, on a wild pitch thrown to Moises Alou, Vizquel advances to third. Alou grounded out, and Vizquel scored the first run.

Morris walked Rafael Furcal to open the bottom of the first. Furcal stole second during Kenny Lofton's at-bat, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt provided by Lofton. Next up, Nomar Garciaparra singled on a line drive to center field, which brought in Furcal. J.D. Drew followed with a double to right field, and Garciaparra was able to advance to third. After Andre Ethier's strikeout, Ramon Martinez comes to the plate and delivered another double, knocking in both Garciaparra and Drew. The inning ended with Izturis grounding out, but the damage had been done.

The hot hitting Ray Durham led off the second inning with a homer to left field, giving the Giants another run.

The Dodgers weren't close to being done. Russell Martin delivered a triple to center field in the bottom of the second. Furcal stepped up to the plate and hit a single to shortstop. With Kemp at the plate, Furcal stole his second base of the game. However, Kemp grounded out, but Martin was able to score on the play. Garciaparra grounded out to end the threat and inning.

Morris led off the top of the third for the Giants. He struck out swinging which brought lead-off man Randy Winn to the plate. Winn singled to right field, and Vizquel hit another single to advance Winn to second. After Alou struck out, Barry Bonds came to the plate and smashed a jack to right center field. The Giants gained three more runs, and put themselves back in the lead.

The game remained that way until the bottom of the fifth, where the Dodgers tied things up. Drew hit a ground-rule double down the left-field line on fan interference. Ethier then singled to center field and brought Drew in to knot the game up. Ramon Martinez walked, and with men on first and second, Izturis lined into a double play.

The Giants had their chance to regain the lead in the top of the sixth. Bonds walked to start things off, and Feliz doubled on a line drive to right field, advancing Bonds to third. Sweeney was intentionally walked, loading up the bases for the Giants. Giovanni Carrara came into the game to relieve Billingsley at this point to inherit the bases loaded. He got Eliezer Alfonzo to strike out swinging and Morris lined out to end a golden opportunity for the Giants.

The Dodgers took advantage of the Giants' failure to capitalize by scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth to put themselves ahead.

Jonathan Broxton replaced Carrara in the seventh inning, and allowed a double to Alou. Bonds was intentionally walked, but Durham made them pay by singling on a line drive to center field. Alou scored and Bonds advanced to third on a throwing error by Kemp.

In the bottom of the seventh, Jonathan Sanchez relieved Morris. Martinez was walked, and Izturis singled on a ground ball to center field. Martin walked and the bases became jammed for pinch hitter Olmedo Saenz. Brian Wilson came into the game to relieve Sanchez, and got Saenz to strike out swinging to end the inning and threat.

Danys Baez relieved Broxton in the eighth and walked Sweeney. Jason Ellison came in to pinch run, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alfonzo. Both pinch hitter Steve Finley and Winn grounded out as the Giants again lost a chance to score.

The Dodgers blew the game open in the eighth. Lance Niekro came into the game for Sweeney, and Jeremy Accardo was on the mound. Furcal singled on a ground ball to right field to start things off for Los Angeles. Kemp bunted into a force out, but Garciaparra delivered a four-bagger to left field. After Drew's strikeout, Steve Kline came in to relieve Accardo. Ethier singled on a ground ball to center field, and Martinez followed with a walk. Izturis singled to knock Ethier in, but Martinez was out at third on the throw from Bonds to Feliz, ending the inning.

Takashi Saito replaced Baez to try to wrap things up for the Dodgers. Vizquel drew a walk and stole second during Bonds' at-bat. Bonds singled on a ground ball to center field, and Vizquel scored, but Durham flied out and Feliz struck out swinging to end the game, giving the Dodgers the split.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Barry Bonds provided much of offense today, including a monster jack to put the Giants ahead. He is still carrying this team, and his bat will be very important as the Giants try to scratch out wins to get on top of the NL West.

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