Friday, March 17, 2006
Merkin Valdez was the 3rd pitcher of the game and showed why having a 98 MPH fastball does you no good if you can't control where it is going. His line; 3 hits including a HR, plus a walk, 1 strikeout 3 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. He gave up the lead twice when the Giants were ahead 2-0 and when they retook the lead 3-2. Merkin was behind in the count to every batter.