Rewind: Giants vs Brewers, Game #1

As J.T. Snow approaches the plate in the beginning of the season, the majority thinks, "J.T. Snow? He always starts off slow." Well, think again, because Snow has been hot at the start of the 2003 season.

April 4, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
San Francisco 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 0 7
Milwaukee 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 5

WP - J. Brower 1.0 IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP - L. Vizcaino 0.2IP 2H 3R 3ER 2BB 1K 1HR 22.50 ERA

In the top of the third, J.T. Snow drove in Rich Aurilia and Edgardo Alfonzo with a single into center. Then, later in the eighth, the score tied at 5 with one out and the bases loaded, Snow hits an infield single off of the glove of Brewers shortstop, Royce Clayton, scoring Aurilia and Barry Bonds. The hit would give the Giants a 7-5 lead.

Snow wouldn't be the only one driving in the runs. In the first inning, Aurilia would hit a sacrifice fly to score Durham from third. In the fifth, Bonds would hit his second homerun that was thought to be a line drive, but just never dropped and cleared the field. Jose Cruz Jr. would get his first hit of the game in the ninth, hitting a solo homer to right.

The Giants weren't the only ones hitting the long ball in today's game. Ryan Jensen started today's game. Kurt Ainsworth was scheduled to be fourth in the rotation, but in a last minute change, Alou decided that Ainsworth will pitch the Saturday game. Jensen. went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits (all earned), walking none and sticking out 3. Four of the five hits were home runs from former Giant John Vander Wal, Richie Sexson, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Wes Helms. Jensen was especially hit hard in the sixth inning, which was when Sexson, Hammonds, and Helms all hit their home runs. Joe Nathan would eventually come in relief of Jensen and successfully got the Giants out of the inning being behind by only one run.

The bullpen, again, did an excellent job of preventing the Brewers from playing catch up. Jim Brower made his first appearance in a Giants uniform, filling a spot in the roster while Robb Nen is on the disabled list. Brower got into some trouble in the seventh as it seemed he couldn't find the strike zone. He walked the first batter and looked as if he was going to walk the next. After a visit from Giants pitching coach, Dave Righetti, Brower threw one pitch which ended up being a double play ball. He got out of the inning safely, even though he gave out one hit. Felix Rodriguez came in the eighth and pitched another scoreless inning.

Tim Worrell, who has assumed the role of closer until Nen returns, pitched in the ninth. He struck out one and gave up a hit. Then things became interesting when Clayton's grounder hit third base, which would have given him a single. However, the Giants argued that the ball struck Clayton's bat twice, which would make it a foul ball. The umpires had a brief meeting and agreed with the Giants. Clayton would bat again and fly out. Worrell would then strike out the next batter and get his third save.

The Giants continue on their brilliant start to the season going 4-0. Player of the Game: JT Snow drove in four of the Giants runs in today's game, which made him a big part in today's win. Honorable mentions go out to Ray Durham, who continues to successfully get on base. Also, to Rich Aurilia, who got his first stolen base. Sure, it was on a wild pitch, but Aurilia stealing a bag is always big news. It's just another sign of Alou's desire for the Giants to pick up on their running game. Who knows, maybe Aurilia will get his five stolen bases this year.

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