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LP C. Schilling (5-5) 7IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 7SO 0HR 3.07 ERA
The Giants threw up the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. JT Snow hit a one-out single, and Marquis Grissom followed that up with one of his own. With men on first and second, Barry Bonds stepped up to the plate. On a 1-1 count, Bonds slammed the ball for a single fielded by Quinton McCracken. As Snow rounded third, McCracken wound up and threw a good strong throw. The throw was there in time, but it took a funny bounce right in front of home plate and Chad Moeller couldn't handle the tough hop. The ball scooted by the catcher, allowing Snow to score easily.
Arizona scored their only run in the top of the fourth. Luis Gonzalez led the inning off with a walk. Shea Hillenbrand continued swinging his hot bat by singling again. After Finley flew out, Alex Cintron hit a soft grounder into a fielder's choice. With runners on first and third, McCracken singled to score Gonzalez.
The defense for the Giants was once again spectacular, and no play was more important than the one executed by Jose Cruz, Jr. in the top of the seventh. With one out, McCracken singled. He advanced to second when Schilling softly grounded out. Craig Counsell scorched one out to right center. At first, it looked like extra bases for sure, but Cruz, Jr. made yet another spectacular play, tracking down the liner for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of that same inning, the Giants added a little insurance. Pinch hitter Andres Galarraga hit a one-out single. Durham then grounded out to first baseman, Shea Hillenbrand, allowing Galarraga to advance to second. Snow was then hit by a pitch. Marquis Grissom continued his career success against Schilling by singling to score Galarraga from second.
The two-run lead was held secure by the bullpen. After a great seven inning effort, Moss handed the ball to the tandem of Felix Rodriguez and Tim Worrell. Rodriguez threw a scoreless eighth. Worrell, making his fourth consecutive appearance and fifth in the last six days, threw only 12 pitches to secure his 23rd save of the year.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Hats off to Damian Moss. Don't look now, but he's won two consecutive games since the All-Star break. Also, Tim Worrell deserves a pat on the back for his outstanding performances out of the pen. And last but not least, to Marquis Grissom for his timely hits against Curt Schilling, who despite pitching a good game got the loss.
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