Rewind: Giants vs. Expos, Game #4

The San Francisco Giants slumped into getaway day in Montreal in a veritable slide, looking to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Expos. Winless in six games against Montreal this season and also winless in their last five games, the Giants sent veteran Dustin Hermanson to the mound to try to play the stopper.

August 18, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 x 4 9 0

WP J. Vazquez (11-8) 9IP 3H 0R 0ER 3BB 7SO 0HR 3.44 ERA
LP D. Hermanson (2-3) 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 2.87 ERA

Hermanson did his job, throwing five shutout innings before finally yielding a run to the Expos in the sixth. However, as has been the trend of late, the Giants' offense did very little behind him.

Hermanson and Montreal starter Javier Vazquez made it a pitcher's duel, matching zero for zero through five economic innings. The Giants made a bit of noise in the second, putting runners at first and second on a walk and a single, but Neifi Perez killed the rally immediately, grounding into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch he saw. That marked the only time in the game the Giants would manage to put two baserunners on in an inning. Their only other real scoring opportunity came in the fifth, when Jeffrey Hammonds led off with a double, but Vazquez quickly retired the next three batters in order to strand him there.

The Expos didn't pick up their first hit until the fourth inning. After retiring the first nine batters of the game, Hermanson allowed an infield single to speedy leadoff hitter Endy Chavez and then walked Jose Vidro, setting up a sacrifice situation for Ron Calloway. With runners at second and third, Orlando Cabrera had a chance to pick up an RBI by making an out, but popped out to second, leaving both runners on base. Hermanson then retired Brad Wilkerson on a groundout to get out of the inning unscored upon.

In the next inning, however, he could not replicate the feat, yielding a leadoff double to Chavez followed by an RBI single to Vidro. After giving up the run, he settled down and retired Montreal's 3-4-5 hitters to end the inning, but the Expos had taken a 1-0 lead.

Although the Expos went on to score thrice more off the San Francisco bullpen, one run turned out to be all Vazquez would need. He picked up his eleventh win of the season on a 123-pitch nine-inning effort, shutting the Giants out on three hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts

Hermanson, the hard-luck loser, saw his record drop to 2-3 on the year despite yielding just four hits to the Expos in six quality innings.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Although he took the loss, Dustin Hermanson had an outstanding outing and kept his team in the game for six innings, lowering his 2003 ERA from 4.79 to 4.37.



Stephanie Moy is a diehard Giants fan, born and raised in San Francisco. She loves hearing feedback - good, bad, or otherwise - so if you're so obliged, contact her at a_hole_in_the_bucket@hotmail.com

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