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LP J. Jimenez (1-7) 5IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 4SO 1HR 5.67 ERA
S T. Worrell (29) 2/3IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.35 ERA
The Giants entered the "hall of mirrors" of baseball, that is Coors Field, on Wednesday. Sidney Ponson spearheaded the team's march past potential dead-ends with 7-2/3 innings of solid pitching. But like any hall of mirrors, so goes the last baffling 3 outs at the Mile High Carnival. Ponson's own personal Carnies, the Giants bullpen, almost shattered his dominating effort by giving up 3 runs in the 9th before shutting the door with a sigh of relief from Manager Felipe Alou, who had taken his starter out with a 5-run lead at the end of the 8th.
Matching up against former St. Louis Cardinal no-hitter fluke Jose Jimenez (1-7, 5.67 ERA), the game took on a guise of a pitchers duel. Both sides recorded shut out ball through the 4th inning when the Giants finally broke through with an Andreas Galarraga single, plating Jeffery Hammonds from 3rd base. Two more runs were recorded in the inning on singles by Benito Santiago and Rich Aurilia.
Ponson's no-hit bid was cancelled in the 5th inning by Larry Walker's single to right-center. Jimenez was pulled in the 5th inning after the Giants posted 2 more runs on a Jeffery Hammond's homer to center.
The Rockies finally put themselves on the board when Jay Payton popped a fly into the nature scene beyond the centerfield fence. Alou pulled Ponson with 2 outs and 2 on and Joe Nathan finished off the inning to keep the contest at 6-1.
Giant's relievers Mat Herges and Jason Christiansen set the tone for the 9th inning by loading the bags full of Rockies. A recently shaky Tim Worrell came in and gave up run-scoring singles to Jay Payton and pinch-hitter Chris Stynes. Then, on a dime, he struck out Greg Norton to record his 29th save of the season.
SFDUGOUT.COM Player(s) of the game: Sir Sidney Ponson and Rich Aurilia. Ponson had been screwed out of 2 potential victories in his first 3 starts for the Giants with poor run production and magical bullpen follies. He has exhibited the inning eating that the Giants lost with the trading away of Russ Ortiz. His slider and sinker bit hard and kept the high-flying Rockies on the ground for double-play magic. Rich Aurilia is coming back strong from his appendectomy by going 3-4 with 2 RBI. Both players are showing much needed production for the September stretch run.
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