Rewind: Diamondbacks vs. Giants, Game 3

Looking like a team officially eliminated from the playoff race, the Giants dropped their 10th game out of their last 12. It's certainly not the way the team envisioned ending the season, but it is fitting for what has turned out to be an extremely frustrating year in San Francisco.

Promising young starter Jonathan Sanchez, who has struggled since joining the starting rotation, allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings of work. While his 33/22 K/BB ratio needs work, Sanchez finishes the year on a somewhat positive note and will enter spring training competing for a possible spot in next year's rotation. As for this year, he finishes with a 3-1 record, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 6-3 Wednesday.

Eric Byrnes drew first blood by blasting a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. It was an inning that should have already been over, as Connor Jackson previously reached on a Kevin Frandsen fielding error, making both runs scored unearned. The Giants would strike back in the bottom half of the second, when Eliezer Alfonzo hit a two-run bomb to tie the game 2-2.

With runners on second and third and one out in the fourth inning, Moises Alou and Ray Durham executed a double steal effectively, plating Alou in the process to make it 3-2. With Durham on third base, a strike out and fly out followed, stranding him there.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Sanchez was cruising until the sixth inning came along, when the Diamondbacks opened with three straight singles to load the bases. Eric Byrnes then grounded into a fielder's choice, which made the score 3-3. Immediately afterward, Orlando Hudson scored on a wild pitch to give Arizona a 4-3 lead.

After Kevin Correia tossed a scoreless seventh, Brian Wilson entered the game in the eighth. After a fly out, a walk and a single followed, meaning runners were on first and third with one out. Pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Quentin to make it a 5-3 game. Jack Taschner then relieved Wilson and promptly surrendered an RBI double off the bat of Scott Hairston. The Giants would enter the ninth down 6-3.

Arizona closer Jose Valverde entered and started off the ninth by inducing a pop out from Alfonzo. A Kevin Frandsen single followed but proved to be harmless, as a Steve Finley ground out and Randy Winn line out brought the game to an end. While manager Felipe Alou held out many of San Francisco's regulars, the team played as if it was a meaningless game, a fact that's unfortunately true. Maybe a final weekend series against the Dodgers will stir up some much-needed emotion.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Eliezer Alfonzo went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, providing most of the damage for an anemic Giants offense Wednesday.



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