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LP R. Wolf (11-7) 5IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K 1HR 3.50 ERA
The Giants really ought to save some of this momentum for later games, but fans just can't argue with a nine-to-one blowout in the Giants' favor.
The first inning was relatively uneventful. In his 19th start, Foppert got into some trouble early, but he managed to escape unharmed. The Phillies' starter, Randy Wolf, put the Giants down 1-2-3.
Foppert managed to down the 5, 6, and 7 hitters in the Phillies lineup, and then, in the bottom of the second, the fun began. Andres Galaragga, the Big Cat, hit a soaring homer to right field. He is only the twelfth right-hander go yard to right. The Giants had needed to score early against Wolf, and they did, drawing first blood, but that wasn't all they would get. The Giants proceeded to get "double-happy," as shortstop Cody Ransom doubled and Foppert struck out, although everything turned out, as Jose Cruz hit a double to score Ransom. After another out was recorded, Marquis Grissom hit another double to score Cruz. At the end of the inning, the Giants were up 3-to-0.
Foppert ran into more trouble in the third, but again, he came away unscathed. Wolf retired the side without a hitch.
Foppert ran into serious trouble in the fourth, giving up two consecutive walks to Lieberthal and Thome, the Phillies' 4 and 5 hitters, which later led to an RBI single by Ricky Ledee, infamous for his earlier home run against Foppert in April. Foppert apparently worried Alou so much that he had Brower warming up in the ‘pen. A double play helped the rookie to escape the inning with minimal damage.
Foppert picked up his third career hit and scored on a Neifi Perez double, after Cruz flied out. The padding helped, but surprisingly, it wasn't needed. Foppert held the Phillies to one run until he had racked up one run in the sixth; Alou then pulled him and put in Christiansen to face Thome, and the recovered lefty put them down, pretty quietly. Herges shut them down for two innings, and Jim Brower sealed the deal, although not a save situation.
In between shutout pitching, Barry Bonds hit a 3-run homer, number 648, and some more run production gave the Giants a commanding lead and easily beat the Phillies to take the first of three.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jesse Foppert is finally even again. Bonds is another homer closer to having his Godfather's number, so to speak. Andres Galarraga needs six more home runs to reach his goal. Cody Ransom is playing great ball. Still, despite great performances, none of these players get tonight's call. No, the player of the game is Jose Cruz, who pulled it all out in the outfield, as he does every night, and whose bat is hotter than it has been in a few months. He's consistently picking up on hitters, and the leadoff spot has done wonders. He's squared up to the ball, and he's been hitting over .500 in his last few games.
SFDugout.com's Chump of the Game: Tonight's chump of the game is not a player, nor an umpire. No, tonight's chump is a fan. I know we've gone over this several times, but no, I don't care if your kid wants a ball. How many times must we reiterate that fan interference is wrong. That's right. People shouldn't be doing it, and this one came on Foppert's third hit in the Senior Circuit. The odds that he would have been held at a double were high, but with Foppert's speed, the world will never know, because our dear chump picked up a ball that was in play. Some people will never learn.
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