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LP G. Stephenson (4-9) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 3BB 5SO 2HR 4.30 ERA
Jerome Williams pitched a beauty, throwing 128 pitches to pick up the second complete game of his young career. He allowed only one run on a two-out line drive up the middle off the bat of Jim Edmonds. The RBI single came one pitch after Williams backed Edmonds off the plate with a high and tight fastball, prompting a prolonged glare toward the mound.
Williams quickly got himself into and out of trouble in the fifth, as he gave up a leadoff single to number eight hitter Chris Widger and then hit St. Louis starter Garrett Stephenson on the shin to put runners at first and second with nobody out. On the next pitch, Bo Hart bunted the ball toward Williams, who fielded it cleanly and forced Widger out at third. Jim Edmonds then swung at the first pitch of his at-bat, lining the ball to shortstop Rich Aurilia, who caught it at his shoetops and then stepped on second base for an unassisted double play.
Williams benefited from a first-inning three-run outburst provided by his power-hitting teammates. Stephenson retired leadoff batter Ray Durham, but walked JT Snow and then served up back-to-back jacks to Marquis Grissom and Barry Bonds. Bonds' 26th homer of the season tied him with Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols for second place in the National League.
Stephenson settled down after his rocky start, shutting out the Giants' offense in each of the next five innings. The Giants did not score again until the seventh. They threatened in the sixth, getting a single from Bonds and a ground-rule double from Jose Cruz, Jr., but Pedro Feliz struck out to end the inning. Southpaw Lance Painter relieved Stephenson in the seventh and gave up a double to Williams, who, with that swing of the bat, picked up his first major league hit. Ray Durham followed the double with a single, putting runners at the corners for JT Snow. Snow drew a five-pitch walk, loading the bases. Esteban Yan was then summoned from the bullpen and received a rude greeting from Grissom, who reached base with a first-pitch swinging bunt to drive in Williams and make the score 4-1. The Giants would add one more in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Bonds.
Five runs proved to be more than Williams would need, as he allowed just the one run on seven hits and one walk, lowering his ERA to 2.94. He won a fourth consecutive start to improve his record to 4-1 and give the bullpen a much-needed day off. The win also assured the Giants of at least a split in the short two-game series with the Cardinals.
Game Notes: Felipe Alou was ejected from the game in the bottom of the fourth inning by second base umpire Jim Reynolds. Alou was trying to argue that Jose Cruz, Jr. was safe at second after a sliding steal attempt. Reynolds did not agree, and Alou was thrown out for the first time as a Giant.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Jerome Williams. He again showed a great ability to throw strikes, change speeds and keep hitters off-balance, and his complete game secured his fourth straight win and the 54th of the season for the NL West-leading Giants.
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