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LP J. Nathan (6-3) 1/3IP 0H 1R 1ER 1BB 0SO 0HR 3.74 ERA
The Giants broke three bats in three innings against White Sox pitcher Jon Garland. However, in the top of the 4th, they damaged something besides their own bats. Ray Durham hit a roller that White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin got to, but his throw to first baseman Frank Thomas was weak and bounced once on the way there, making Durham safe with an infield hit.
With one out, Barry Bonds sent a pitch flying out of the park. A two-run blast into right-center. This gave the Giants an initial 2-0 lead, a lead that wouldn't last long at all.
The White Sox replied in the bottom of the 4th, with Jose Valentin hitting a double into a right field, a ball that bounced once and then hit the tip of Jose Cruz Jr's glove and rolled into the corner. Valentin was able to advance to third on a hard grounder to third by Thomas.
Jerome Williams began to make some rookie mistakes at this point. He gave up a single to Daubach, and Daubach attempted an early steal while Williams was pitching to Carlos Lee. Williams threw the ball to second, and then it was thrown to first to tag Daubach out. Or so Williams thought. It turned out that he had to have taken his foot off the rubber before he threw to second. You see, a pitcher cannot throw to an open base with his foot on the rubber. Therefore, Daubach was awarded second base.
This one mistake led to a tie game. Lee hit a bouncing ball that took a huge bounce over the head of Williams. Rich Aurilia dived to try to stop the ball and keep Daubach from scoring, but he missed it, and it rolled into center field. Daucbach scored, tying the score.
The game remained scoreless until the 7th, but Williams got himself in and out of a jam in the bottom of the 5th. There were bases loaded with two outs for slugger Frank Thomas, with seven grand slams in his career. Williams got him to pop out to shallow right field.
That was his exit cue, as Scott Eyre took over in the 6th.
In the 7th, the White Sox offense erupted. It started with Joe Nathan walking Paul Konerko. Tony Graffianino was the pinch runner, and Joe Crede sacrificed to move him over to second. Feliz Rodriguez replaced Nathan.
He gave up back-to-back home runs to ninth-place hitter Miguel Olivio and D'Angelo Jiminez before hitting the showers. Jason Christiansen finished the inning up. At the end of the mess, it was 5-2 in favor of the White Sox.
The Giants had a chance in the top of the 9th. Billy Koch came in with one out and no one on. He walked Benito Santiago, and Pedro Feliz pinch-ran for him. Andres Galarraga powered a ground rule double to center, putting runners on second and third with one out. J.T. Snow singled to center, to drive in Feliz and move Galarraga to third. Edgardo Alfonzo stood at-bat, the go-ahead run for the Giants. There were runners on first and third, with one out. He grounded into a 6-1 double play ending the game.
Game Notes: Marquis Grissom went 0-4, ending his hitting streak at 12 games. Ray Durham went 1-4 against his former team, keeping his hitting streak alive at 12 games. Chad Zerbe pitched a perfect 8th inning
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jerome Williams. The kid had another decent outing, and got himself out of some jams. He made some mistakes, but he was locating his pitches really well, and some of his pitch locations strategies were amazing for someone of his age (21).
Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org