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LP S. Ponson (0-1) 7 1/3IP 7H 2R 2ER 3BB 3K 0HR 2.45 ERA
Anticipation hung in the air as Sidney Ponson delivered his first pitch. The crowd erupted into cheers when Ponson's first pitch spun in for a strike. On four pitches, Ponson retired both Tike Redman and Jason Kendall. He then ran into trouble with Brian Giles, who ended up walking. Reggie Sanders then continued his hot streak by doubling. The threat soon ended, however, when Randall Simon grounded out.
The Pirates rallied again in the top of the third when with two outs Giles tripled off the right field wall. But then Sanders lined out to Bonds who made a leaping catch to end the inning. Ponson then would retire the next nine batters.
In six innings, the Giants managed only three hits off Pirates' starter, Josh Fogg. Their only threat came in the bottom of the fifth. Barry Bonds led off the frame with a single, and Benito Santiago followed with a single of his own. With the inning looking so promising, the rally was quickly dampened by a double play grounder off the bat of Edgardo Alfonzo. Jose Cruz, Jr. walked, but Neifi Perez hit an easy grounder to end the inning.
The only scoring in the game happened in the top of the eighth. With one out, Jason Kendall doubled. Ponson intentionally walked Giles to set up the double play, bringing up former Giant Reggie Sanders. Sanders then hurt his old team by doubling, scoring both Kendall and Giles.
Those two runs would be more than enough as Julian Tavarez came in from the Pirates bullpen to throw three innings of shutout ball to earn the win.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: The hitting was horrendous, but the pitching was outstanding. The offense really wasted a simply stellar performance by Sidney Ponson today. If his performance tonight is a sign of things to come, then we truly have a potential ace in our hands. So hats off to Sir Sid, and hopefully, the hitters will come through for you next time.
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