National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at San Francisco |
(Saturday, September 25th)
Final Score: San Francisco 9, Los Angeles 5
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pedro Feliz belted an eighth-inning
grand slam to break a tie and lift San Francisco over Los Angeles, 9-5, in the
second stanza of a three-game set between bitter rivals at SBC Park.
Feliz finished with four hits and Barry Bonds drew five walks for the Giants,
who are now only 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. The Dodgers
have lost eight of their last 13 games overall, while San Francisco has won
14 of its last 19.
In addition, San Francisco now only trails the Cubs by a half-game in the NL
wild card race. Chicago lost an extra-inning affair to the Mets at Shea
Stadium Saturday afternoon.
"Everybody keeps talking about how we need to win, but they need to win," said
LA outfielder Milton Bradley. "Right now, they're not even in the playoffs so
we've got all the confidence in the world. We know we can beat them on their
home field. We know we can beat them in a close game and to take it from us
they've got to beat us on our home field so we're feeling pretty confident
about where we're at."
Alex Cora hammered a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who are in the midst
of a nine-game road trip.
The Dodgers were without one of their better players, Shawn Green, for
this one, as he decided to skip the game to honor Yom Kippur, the holiest day
of the year in Judaism.
The game was tied at 5-5, but the Giants posted four runs on only two hits in
the decisive eighth inning for the victory. Michael Tucker led off with a
single to right, was sacrificed to second by Dustan Mohr and stayed there on a
walk to Ricky Ledee. Then with two outs, J.T. Snow drew a walk to load the
bases and set up the grand slam to left by Feliz.
"I've never faced him before (Brazoban) but I was watching him on TV and I saw
what kind of fastball (he's got) and he throws hard," said Feliz. "I was
looking for the fastball and I don't want to be looking for anything else
because then it would be too late."
Scott Eyre (2-2) earned the win in relief of Brad Hennessey, who was tagged
for four runs in just 3 2/3 innings. Eyre struck out one in a scoreless frame.
LA starter Jose Lima was also lit up for four runs in just 3 2/3 innings, but
it was Yhency Brazoban (3-1) who suffered his first loss of the season.
Brazoban surrendered four runs on two hits, including Feliz's slam, and three
walks in 1 2/3 innings.
The Dodgers opened up the scoring right away with two runs in the top of the
first. Cesar Izturis led off with a single and Jayson Werth followed with a
walk to set up a two-run double to left by Adrian Beltre.
In the home portion of the frame, the Giants got one run back on a leadoff
home run to right by Ray Durham.
Hennessey brought in Tucker with a sac fly in the second to knot the game at
2-2 for the Giants.
LA took a 4-2 advantage in the top of fourth courtesy of a two-run home run
to right by Cora that also plated Robin Ventura, who doubled two batters
In the bottom of the frame the Giants battled right back with two runs of
their own to tie it at 4-4. Deivi Cruz raced home via a Tony Torcato
sacrifice fly and Durham doubled in Tucker.
The game was then tied at 5-5 after Felix raced home on a sac fly in the San
Francisco fifth and Milton Bradley homered in the LA sixth.
The Dodgers are 43-37 in foreign ballparks...Giants outfielder Marquis
Grissom was a healthy scratch...These two teams play four more times, with the
Dodgers holding a slight 8-7 advantage in the season series.
09/25 20:55:53 ET