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LP J. Williams(5-3) 3 1/3IP 7H 5R 5ER 3BB 1SO 1HR 3.37 ERA
After a heart-breaking and frustrating loss the day before, the Giants sent rookie Jerome Williams against Giants' nemesis Steve Trachsel. Williams has not won in his last four games prior to tonight's start.
The game started out well for the Giants, as they came out and produced a run by doing things they were unable to do in the last game. Jose Cruz, Jr. lead off the game with a double and Pedro Feliz moved him over to third with a ground out to the right side of the infield. Marquis Grissom hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Cruz and the first run of the game.
The Mets came back in the bottom of the second as Williams beaned Ty Wigginton to force in the bases loaded with no outs. However, Williams got out of the inning without further damage as he got two shallow flyouts and one ground out.
In the bottom of the third, the Mets jumped on Williams. With Jose Reyes at second base, Mike Piazza made his return from the groin injury he suffered the last time the Mets faced the Giants by smacking a 2-run jack to give the Mets the lead. Timo Perez singled and Wigginton doubled to drive him in for the Mets' fourth run.
Williams continued to have trouble with his command and Piazza continued his happy return by singling to drive Roger Cedeno, who walked, in and to drive Williams out of the game in the fourth inning. Chad Zerbe replaced Williams, who only went three and a third innings, to face Cliff Floyd and to retire the side for the Giants.
The Mets got one more run in the fifth when Wigginton walked and Trachsel helped his own cause by doubling over the head of Cruz in right field, where the outfield was playing shallow against the pitcher, to drive in Wigginton.
The Mets broke out in the seventh as Zerbe left the game with runners on second and third and no outs. Matt Herges relieved and Joe McEwing grounded out to score Perez. Piazza came to the plate and collected two more RBIs with a ground single through the hole into left field to give the Mets a total of nine runs in the game and to give Piazza a total of five RBIs in the game.
The Giants were threatening in the eighth as Jeffrey Hammonds led off the inning with a pinch-hit single. Cruz followed with another single, but Feliz hit a double play ball. With a runner on third, Grissom got another RBI with a single. Cody Ransom came into the game to hit for Barry Bonds and singled up the middle. With runners at the corners, Trachsel left the game and reliever Dan Wheeler got Edgardo Alfonzo out to end the inning and potential threat.
Scott Eyre came into the game and had a scoreless eighth.
SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: On a night where the offense lacked and the pitching wasn't too great, Marquis Grissom had the only two RBIs of the game and Scott Eyre became the only Giant pitcher to not allow any runs. Honorable mentions to Jose Cruz, Jr. who's beginning to heat up offensively.
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