Rewind: Rockies vs Giants, Game #1

Bonds is congratulated by teammates after homer

The Giants had a six-game winning streak and hoped to extend it in tonight's game. Brett Tomko took the mound looking to get them that win. He faced former San Francisco Giants pitcher, Shawn Estes, who already had six wins. It seemed that the Giants may not find an opportunity to score throughout the game, until the bottom of the ninth inning.

The San Francisco Giants right-handed starter, Brett Tomko pitched seven innings, giving up only two runs on two hits, one which was a homer. He did give up three walks and only struck out one, but with the help of the defense, he was able to get out of innings without much damage being done.

In the top of the third, Rockies second baseman Luis Gonzalez singled to right field. Gonzalez was called out on Royce Clayton's hit to Pedro Feliz. With two outs, Vinny Castilla drew a walk, allowing Jeromy Burnitz a chance to drive in some runs. He did produce hitting an RBI single to center to drive in Clayton. The Rockies got their second run of the game in the fourth inning. Charles Johnson hit a homer to left on the first pitch he saw. This was Johnson's 10th homer of the season.

Shawn Estes was the starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. He pitched 5.1 innings, giving up no runs on five hits, with four walks and six strikeouts. They didn't have many chances to drive in some runs. In the sixth, they got an opportunity when the bases were loaded for AJ Pierzynski. Estes was taken out of the game and replaced by reliever Steve Reed. Reed was able to get Pierzynski to ground out into a double play, ending the threat and still keeping the Giants scoreless.

The Giants were still trailing two going into the ninth inning. Shawn Chacon came into the game to try to bring a win to the Rockies. With one out, Dustan Mohr pinch hit and drew a walk. Michael Tucker followed with another walk. The two advanced on Edgardo Alfonzo's ground out. Then, Marquis Grissom came up to bat. He has been hitting .316, so there was a lot of hope coming from the fans. Grissom came through and singled to center field allowing Mohr and Tucker to score, tying up the game. With that, Chacon was out of the game and Tim Harikkala was in to try to keep the game tied up. Harikkala would come in to face Barry Bonds. Bonds gave a good battle, working the count to 3-2. As the crowd screamed his name and cheered him on, Bonds hit one deep to left field, achieving hit 13th home run of the season, winning the game for the Giants and extending their winning streak to seven.

Player of the Game: Barry Bonds. Who else? He hit a walk off home run to win the game. There isn't much to say, Bonds is just unbelievable. Credit goes to Marquis Grissom as well for continuing to produce and for tying up the game to give the team a chance. Also, to Dustan Mohr and Michael Tucker, who showed patient at bats and for drawing walks to set it up for the Grissom and Bonds.



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