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LP K. Correia (1-1) 5IP 4H 2R 2ER 3BB 3SO 0HR 2.25 ERA
Kevin Corriea started instead of the scheduled starter, Dustin Hermanson. Hermanson was scratched because of upper back spasms. Correia made his second start in the Major Leagues only allowing two runs on four hits within five innings. Both Correia and Jason Jennings got 1-2-3 innings in the first, but with two outs in the top of the 2nd, Todd Linden and Pedro Feliz hit back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners for Alberto Castillo. Unfortunately, Castillo was unable to produce as he struck out.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Correia hit Preston Wilson with a pitch, and would later steal second – his 10th of the season . An errant throw by the Giants' catcher Castillo allowed Wilson to move to third, who eventually scored on Jay Payton's RBI single to center. Craig Johnson hit a single, and there were two on with just one out, but Correia was able to get the next two batters out to end the inning.
The score stayed 1-0 until the bottom of the 5th. With one out, Jennings blasted a double to deep center. Correia hit Ron Belliard with a pitch, his second hit batsmen of the day. Chris Stynes fouled out to make it two outs, but Corriea struggled with his control and walked the next two batters to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
A walk to Jose Cruz Jr. and a Neifi Perez single gave the Giants a good starting point for a rally, with runners at first and third and none out. But they could only get one run when Jeffrey Hammonds grounded into a double play, allowing Cruz to score.
The Giants had another good opportunity in the 7th. With one out, Feliz hit a single to center, and Wilson's error allowed him to advance to third. But an interesting play occurred with Castillo at bat. With two strikes, Castillo missed the sign for a squeeze play. Feliz, on the other hand, didn't miss the sign and was caught in a run-down as Castillo struck out. The Giants opportunity ended in an odd and embarrassing fashion.
The bottom of the 7th began poorly for relief pitcher Jim Brower. He gave up a double to pinch-hitter Rene Reyes, and a walk to Ron Belliard. Stynes sacrificed the runners up and Brower chose to walk Helton, allowing the chance for an inning-ending play. Wilson crushed a grand slam, changing a close 2-1 game into to a decisive 6-1 Colorado victory.
Correia had real control problems today, and Brower was not himself either. But, on the other hand, Correia was able to strike out both Todd Helton and Larry Walker, which is a rather impressive feat. The Giants are now 11.5 games ahead of Arizona, and 12 ahead of the Dodgers.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game:There really wasn't much to celebrate, but Jose Cruz Jr. had a decent game. He went 1 for 3 and scored the Giants only run. He got on base his last two times up, in the 6th and 8th innings.
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