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Giants and Brewers Go Around and Around

This late in the season, it’s hard to find something that a player or team hasn’t accomplished, but the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers did it quite easily, right at the beginning of their Friday night thriller.

Randy Winn jumpstarted the Giants’ first-inning with a single

The Giants began the game with a big inning against Milwaukee starter Doug Davis.  Randy Winn singled to lead it off; Omar Vizquel did the same; Shea Hillenbrand grounded-out; Barry Bonds hit a 2-run 2-bagger; Ray Durham walked; Moises Alou singled; Pedro Feliz reached on a 2-run fielding error; Eliezer Alfonzo popped-out; and pitcher Jonathan Sanchez struck-out, ending the Giants 4-run first frame.  The Giants batted around, and scored the 4 runs on 4 hits, a walk, and a major error by Tony Graffanino.  A great way to start the game … or was it?

Kevin Mench (now with Milwaukee) tied the game with a 2-run double

The Giants were excited about their hot start to the game; and in hindsight, they were much too excited.  The Brewers took full advantage of Giants’ rookie Jonathan Sanchez, who for the 2nd time in a row, has struggled on the mound.  Corey Hart singled; Tony Graffanino walked; Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch; Bill Hall hit a 2-run single; Geoff Jenkins struck-out; Prince Fielder and Bill Hall stole 3rd and 2nd on a successful double-steal; Kevin Mench hit a 2-run double; David Bell struck-out; Mike Rivera hit an RBI single; and Doug Davis struck-out, capping a 5-run, 4 hit, 1 walk, 1 hit-batter, and 2 stolen-base inning for the Brew Crew.  The Brewers also batted around in their opening frame. 

This marked the first time in 2006 that both teams batted around in the same inning.

That was just the start to a game that had more than twice as many runs scored as the Steelers and Jaguars had points on Monday Night Football. 

Barry Bonds had a monster day to lead the Giants bats

The Giants offensive explosion was led by Barry Bonds.  The 42-year-old leftfielder went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a 3-run Homerun (25th of the season and 733rd of his career), and 6RBIs.  In doing so, he led the Giants 12-run performance, and tied Hammerin’ Hank’s record for most National League Homeruns.  His tremendous effort however, was not enough.  And for those of you who follow the Giants closely, you know what their most major issue is … the bullpen.  The relief corps was as effective as ever — in other words, their pitching stunk-up Miller Park more than spoiled Bratwurst. 

As I mentioned, the Giants bullpen did a horrible job keeping leads tonight.  Jonathan Sanchez, the starter, was roughed-up to the tune of 8 runs in 2 innings, bringing the ‘pen into the game early.  Brad Hennessey’s long-relief stint wasn’t very long — 3 innings and 2 runs allowed.  Jack Taschner did his job, but Kevin Correia gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings.  Steve Kline got an out, but Vinnie Chulk coughed-up a run in a third of an inning, and took the loss. 

David Bell (now with Milwaukee) delivered the game winning blow — a little one…

So who was doing the damage for the Brew Crew?  Bill Hall and Kevin Mench did most of it, accounting for 6 runs total, and going a combined 6-for-8 at the plate.  But the key hit was delivered by David Bell in the 8th inning; a game-winning infield single to shortstop Omar Vizquel. 

The 25-run slugfest was won, quite ironically, on an infield single — that’s just not fair.  But the Giants will have to eat the loss, and take another blow to their playoff chances, which are now about as good as the chances of Robb Nen coming back to baseball — and boy do they need him! 

The Giants and Brewers batted around and around, to have it all end on a weakly hit groundball.  Hey, at least they made some history in the process…

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Let’s ask and answer yesterday’s not-so-Aflac trivia question…

Q: Derek Jeter’s reign at shortstop for the Yankees had them doubting trying to trade for A-Rod, but when this player went down with a knee injury in 2004, the Yankees had the motive to pull the trigger?  Who was the injured player who paved the way for the trade that brought A-Rod to the Bronx?

A: Aaron Boone, the Yankees starting 3rd-baseman, suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2004, paving the way for the Yankees’ acquisition of A-Rod. 

And here’s today’s “Quack Quack” trivia question…

During the Giants losing effort in the 2002 World Series against the Angels, one “Gigantes” player made history.  He was the first Japanese player to appear in the World Series.  Can you name him?

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