The Giants brought their record to .500 tonight, with veteran LHP Jeff Fassero making a spot start for the Rockies. The Giants starter was sophomore RHP Jerome Williams.
Williams had an easy 1-2-3 first with two strikeouts, the second of which was Todd Helton, who made his return to the lineup tonight. It looked like the Giants were going to make a run for it early in their half of the first inning, but Fassero got out of trouble.
The teams each scored 1 run in the second. Vinny Castilla doubled for the Rockies to lead off, and a single by Jeromy Burnitz scored him from second. With one down in the bottom of the second, catcher Yorvit Torrealba singled. Williams, batting ninth, struck out, and Neifi Perez came up to bat. With Perez at the plate, Torrealba stole second, his first steal this year and second lifetime. He advanced to third on a throwing error by Rockies catcher Todd Greene, and Torrealba scored on a wild pitch with Neifi Perez still batting.
Williams pitched to four Rockies in the top of the third, with Todd Helton hitting a two-out single, but Castilla struck out to bring up the Giants half of the inning. The Giants bats were silent, as well, save for a one-out single by Edgardo Alfonzo.
The fourth was another easy inning for Williams, as he walked Burnitz but struck out Matt Holliday, and Greene grounded into a double-play. The Giants, too, were plagued by the double play, as Jeffrey Hammonds walked, Damon Minor grounded into the double-play, and Torrealba flied out.
Jerome Williams’ first stressful inning was the fifth. With two down and a 1-2 count to Luis Gonzalez (no relation to Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks), Williams hit him with a pitch. Ex-Giant Royce Clayton singled, and Gonzalez moved up to second. On a Helton single, the lead runner scored, and Clayton advanced to second, but Williams again struck out Castilla to retire the side. Fassero retired the Giants in order.
In the top of the sixth, it looked like more trouble for Williams. Burnitz walked to start the inning, but Holliday grounded into a fielder’s choice, and Burnitz was out at second. Greene popped up into a 5-4-3 double-play, and the Giants came up to bat. They had a huge inning. Alfonzo led off with a single, and he scored on a double by Barry Bonds. Feliz and Hammonds rung up outs, and with two down, Minor was hit by a pitch. Fassero came out of the game and was replaced by RHP Allan Simpson. Torrealba doubled off of him to score both Bonds and Minor, giving the Giants the lead for the first time.
In the top of the seventh, the Rockies again went down in order, and with one out, Dustan Mohr hit is second home run of the year, his first at home, to put the nail in the coffin and increase the lead to three runs.
The Rockies threatened again in the eighth. Helton walked with one out, Castilla singled, and Helton went to second. In a double-switch, LHP Jason-Christiansen came in for Williams and would bat fifth, and Deivi Cruz replaced shortstop Pedro Feliz, batting ninth. Christiansen struck out Burnitz swinging, and Felix Rodriguez replaced Christiansen. Holliday singled off him, and the bases were loaded. Mark Sweeney was the pinch hitter for Greene, and he drew a four-pitch walk to bring home a run and whittle the Giants lead down to two. That is all the Rockies would get, because closer Matt Herges came in to pitch in the last out of the eighth inning and all of the ninth, earning him the save.
SFDugout Player of the Game: This is a hard one, because all of the Giants played well tonight, but I’ll go with Yorvit Torrealba and Dustan Mohr. Torrealba deserves a lot of credit, because he made the most of his night out there, and produced a run by taking advantage of an error and a wild pitch with smart baserunning, which produced a run. He also hit the double that scored Bonds and Minor to give the Giants the lead. Mohr gets credit for sealing the win with his first homerun at home (one that barely made it over the Woody in left field).
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