The San Francisco Giants sent up Noah Lowry to the mound, hoping to extend the Giants winning streak. Noah Lowry gave an impressive start, throwing 6.2 innings, giving up only one run in five hits, while walking two and striking out three. The defense helped out Lowry, as he managed to get hitters to ground into two amazing double plays turned by second baseman Ray Durham to shortstop, Deivi Cruz to first baseman J.T. Snow.
It was a different start for San Diego Padres’ right-handed starting pitcher, Jake Peavy. Durham began the bottom of the first with a double to center field. Michael Tucker then followed with a bunt single, allowing Durham to move to third. With one out, Barry Bonds was up at the plate, but was hit by a pitch, loading up the bases for Snow. Snow was also hit by a pitch which drove in the first run for the Giants. A.J. Pierzynski singled to center to bring in Tucker from third. Marquis Grissom followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in the third run of the inning for the Giants.
The Giants’ last run of the game was a special one. In the bottom of the third, with the count at 0-1, Bonds hit his 700th career home run 392 feet to left center field in front of a sold-out crowd of 42,526. Bonds now joins a very exclusive 700 club containing two other members, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.
Peavy pitched seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven and walking three. His struggling in the first inning was what helped the Giants win the game.
Lowry allowed on run in the top of the seventh, when he allowed a double to former Giant Rich Aurilia, allowing Ryan Klesko to score from second.
Dave Burba pitched a perfect 1.1 innings and Dustin Hermanson came into the game in the ninth to close it for the Giants, achieving his 14 save of the season.
Notes: Lowry is currently 5-0 moving ahead of Juan Marichal’s 4-0 start in 1960 for the best start ever for a San Francisco Giants pitcher. Jason Schmidt is pitching on Saturday allowing him to be available to pitch on the final day of the regular season.
SFDugout.com’s Player of the Game: Well it’s obvious to choose Barry Bonds as he continues to amaze baseball fans everywhere. However, Noah Lowry was also quite impressive, especially after winning tonight’s game, his fifth win of the season. Recognition should also be given to the defense of the Giants, as they helped to get Lowry out of jams with tremendous plays.
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