SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Brad Hennessey is no longer worrying each
outing which pitch will be the one that sends him back to the
That mind-set along with some minor tweaks to his delivery are
making quite a difference -- and all but earned him a longer stay in
Ray Durham added two hits and scored a run for the Giants, who
won for the third time in four games on a day they honored retired
closer Robb Nen, the club's all-time saves leader, in a pregame
Hennessey (3-2), recalled late Friday to start in place of
struggling lefty Kirk Rueter, made his sixth start of the season
and 13th of his career. Hennessey spent his time at Triple-A Fresno
working on a more compact windup, and he's liking the results.
"I came up here with the attitude to throw the best I can and
whatever happens happens," Hennessey said, "and not to worry as
much about my fate as I did before."
He earned his first win since May 12 at Houston and ended a
two-start losing streak. The right-hander impressed the Giants with
a strong June in the minors, going 3-0 in five starts.
The 25-year-old Hennessey outpitched Matt Morris (10-2), who was
trying to win his third straight start and move closer to his 100th
career victory -- he's still three wins away.
"So, what about Hennessey, the mystery starter?" manager
Felipe Alou said. "He looked like a different guy on the mound,
more relaxed. We owe it to that guy to give him a little more
credit, more than a guy used for emergency."
Tyler Walker completed the three-hitter, pitching the ninth for
his 13th save and 12th since taking over the closer job May 12. He
came out to the mound to Nen's signature song "Smoke on the
Water," finishing just the Giants' third shutout.
A day after Mark Mulder pitched seven shutout innings for his
10th win of the year in a 3-1 St. Louis victory, Hennessey hung
tough. He went to 3-1 counts on three of the first four St. Louis
batters, including walking Jim Edmonds.
Hennessey also gave up a first-inning single to Albert Pujols,
then faced the minimum in each of the next five innings. He got two
double plays and retired 11 straight during one stretch.
"Morris pitched well enough to win, but Hennessey pitched
better," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He was
He allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one in place of
Rueter, demoted to the bullpen Wednesday after his winless stretch
reached nine starts in Monday's 11-10 loss to the Reds.
Morris faced the minimum through four before allowing three
straight singles to start the fifth, including a line drive to
right by Tucker that put San Francisco ahead. Pedro Feliz grounded
into a double play to drive in a run moments later and make it 2-0.
Morris threw just 93 pitches in eight effective innings. He
allowed six hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter for the
third straight start.
He's pleased with his first half and how he bounced back after
offseason shoulder surgery.
"I'm kind of surprised at my record coming off surgery," he
said. "I didn't know what to expect this season, so I'm thankful
and grateful for my statistics. I'm looking forward to having a
great second half."
The Cardinals had won five out of six and six of eight, but
couldn't muster enough offense. After working the count to 3-2
against Hennessey in the sixth, So Taguchi fouled off nine pitches
before grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
The highlight for the Cardinals came on defense.
Edmonds made a great grab in the second on a hard-hit ball to
center field by Durham. Running toward the wall with his back to
the plate, Edmonds stretched out to make the play and fell to the
Moises Alou, the Giants' lone representative in next week's
All-Star game in Detroit, had two hits in the franchise's 9,999th
victory. His managing father is a coach on La Russa's NL staff.
Mike Mahoney started at catcher for St. Louis a day after being
recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched his second perfect inning in as many
outings with a 1-2-3 eighth. He left the team after the game to
attend a family member's funeral Sunday in Indiana. ... The Giants
didn't strand a runner until the seventh. ... It was Hennessey's
first career appearance vs. St. Louis. ... Before the game, the
Cardinals activated LHP Randy Flores from the 15-day disabled list
and optioned LHP Carmen Cali to Triple-A Memphis. ... Giants SS
Omar Vizquel had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. ... The
game drew 42,423 for the waterfront ballpark's 10th sellout this