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LP T. Worrell (2-3; B,3) 2/3IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 1K 0HR 1.95 ERA
Veteran Jose Lima had been pitching with an independent minor league team, and today was his first start since Aug. 24, 2002. In that game, he gave up 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings. Today, he would pitch more innings, and give up fewer runs.
The Giants brought out rookie Jerome Williams for the fourth start of his major league career.
The Giants got on the board early in the top of the 2nd. Barry Bonds led off the inning with a single to right. Alfonzo hit another single to right, and Bonds ran to third. Aaron Guiel tried to throw Bonds out at third, but his throw went a little too far. It actually went into the first row of the stands, becoming a souvenir. Bonds scored, and Alfonzo advanced to third.
J.T. Snow hit the first of three consecutive groundouts to score Alfonzo, and the Giants had a 2-0 lead.
The Royals waited an inning to strike back. In the bottom of the 3rd, they had their revenge. Angel Berroa hit a double to deep left center, and Brent Abernathy attempted a sacrifice bunt. However, it ended up being much more, because when Jerome Williams threw the ball to first, no one was on the bag. Berroa ended up scoring on Williams's error to make the game 2-1. With one out, Guiel made up for his throwing error in the top of the 2nd by hitting a double to right and moving Abernathy to third.
Mike Sweeney walked to load the bases, and Marvin Benard robbed Raul Ibanez of an extra-base hit with a diving catch, but Abernathy still scored, giving Ibanez a sacrifice fly and tying the game up at 2.
In the top of the 4th, Bonds almost had a splash hit. His shot to right-center gave the Giants a 3-2 lead and almost hit the fountains out there.
The Giants added insurance in the top of the 5th. Cruz lead off with a double to shallow left field, and Cruz singled to right, moving Cruz over to third. Grissom hit a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 4-2 lead.
Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings, giving up just two runs. After he left, he had a chance to win the ball game. The Giants relief pitchers did everything they could to keep that from happening.
Joe Nathan took over the pitching spot for the 7th inning. He was replaced by Jason Christiansen after putting himself in a bases-loaded, two-out situation. Christiansen helped the Royals out with a wild pitch, scoring A Berroa and moving the other runners up a base. He got Ibanez to fly out, but the Royals were within a run.
The Giants failed to capitalize on their opportunities in the 8th and 9th innings. In the 8th, J.T. Snow hit a two-out double, and was stranded. In the 9th, Jose Cruz Jr. lead off with a single, and Torrealba hit a sacrifice bunt to move him over to 2nd base, but he too was stranded.
However, the Giants still had a lead going into the bottom of the 9th, and Tim Worrell was a good closer. But this afternoon, something happened. He gave up a leadoff double to Berroa, and Abernathy hit a sacrifice bunt, moving him down to third base. A couple of batters later, Mike Sweeney was up with runners on first and third and two outs. There was an 0-2 count on him at one point, when it looked to be another victory for the Giants. Yet Sweeney refused to listen to the odds. Instead, he hit a single, driving in two runs, and giving his Royals a 5-4 victory over the Giants.
Sfdugout.com Player of the Game: Marvin Benard. The guy made two great catches to help his team out, and he got a hit. With the way he has been struggling, a 1 for 3 game is not bad at all. Honorable mention goes to Jerome Williams, who pitched his third consecutive good game, and got his third consecutive no decision.
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