But it ain't over until it's over.
Morris turned in a gem tonight after being winless the entire month of September. His only mistake came in the fifth. Connor Jackson, Arizona's hero of yesterday, led off the inning with a single. Stephen Drew struck out, but Carlos Quentin sent a pitch into the stands to put the Dbacks ahead with one swing.
The Giants did score the first run of the game by the way of small ball. Brandon Webb was pitching a gem of his own, and the only way the Giants were able to score was by little ball. Pedro Feliz doubled down the left field line in the third to lead off the inning. Eliezer Alfonzo was hit by a pitch following that, and then both runners advanced on Morris's sacrifice bunt. Randy Winn grounded out to second to allow Feliz to score.
The game remained close as both pitchers were at their best. In the seventh inning, there was no scoring, but Moises Alou lined a ball right at Webb's right rib cage. Webb stayed in the game, but it proved crucial later on.
In the eighth, the Giants rallied back by the way of small ball again to tie the game. Chad Tracy couldn't handle a sharp grounder by Feliz. Feliz was then replaced by Fred Lewis as a pinch runner. Lewis advanced to second on Alfonzo's sacrifice bunt, and moved to third on Webb's wild pitch. Mark Sweeney came off the bench to pinch hit for Morris, and did what he did all season for the Giants.
Sweeney hit a slow grounder to second that allowed Lewis to score the tying run, and Sweeney ended up safe on second on a throwing error.
Mike Stanton relieved Morris, who couldn't get the loss or win in this game. Stanton retired the Dbacks without any harm done, and up came the Giants to try to end the game.
Most likely because of taking a line drive off his rib cage, Webb came out of the game in the ninth. Webb only made 85 pitches, which is a low number for the Cy Young candidate. Randy Choate replaced Webb.
Choate retired Omar Vizquel, but hit Todd Linden with a pitch. This brought out Bob Melvin to make a pitching change. Brandon Lyon came into the game to face Alou, who decided to end the game with one big swing.
Notes: The Giants only had two other walk-off victories this season before tonight, one of which was Alou winning the game against Arizona, too… Regulars Barry Bonds and Shea Hillenbrand enjoyed a day off.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Moises Alou has the big hit in this game, but Matt Morris really stepped it up in a span where the Giants' starting rotation was really struggling.
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