Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #1

On a day when one highly touted San Francisco pitching prospect was called up from the minor leagues, another highly touted San Francisco pitching prospect was proving his worth against a legitimate major league offense.

April 10, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
San Francisco 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0

WP K. Ainsworth (2-0) 8IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K 0HR 2.57 ERA
LP H. Nomo (1-2) 7IP 8H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR 1.96 ERA
S T. Worrell (4) 0.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR 1.36 ERA

Engaged in a pitcher's duel, Kurt Ainsworth, whose reputation preceded his major league arrival, shut down the Dodgers with 8+ innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits and struck out five - four in a row at one point - as he mowed down the Dodger hitters with snapping breaking balls and mid-90s fastballs to both sides of the plate. He started 23 of the 29 hitters he faced with a strike, and 72 of Ainsworth's 101 total pitches were in the zone.

Ainsworth's fast pace kept his defense sharp behind him. Jose Cruz made another diving play in the outfield, and the Giants turned two double plays back of the rook.

Dodger starter Hideo Nomo has been a Giant nemesis over the years, with a 11-3 lifetime record against the team. He again stifled the San Francisco offense, giving up eight hits but just two runs in seven innings of work; however, it was not enough to earn him the win. J.T. Snow collected his club-leading 11th RBI on a second-inning single, driving in Jose Cruz from second base. In the fourth inning, Marquis Grissom tattooed a ball into the stands in left center for his first home run as a Giant, lengthening the lead to two runs.

Ainsworth, with a shutout through eight, entered the ninth inning with southpaw Scott Eyre and right-hander Tim Worrell throwing in the bullpen. On a 3-2 pitch with nobody out, Paul Lo Duca lined a ground rule double to left, knocking Ainsworth out of the game. Eyre came on to pitch to the left-handed power hitter Shawn Green and popped him out to Bonds in left. He was then replaced by Tim Worrell, who was presented with the unenviable task of facing Brian Jordan and Fred McGriff. After going to third on a Jordan flyout, Lo Duca scored on a wild pitch from Worrell and the lead was cut in half. McGriff, with good lifetime success against Worrell, represented the tying run at the plate, but he struck out on a well-placed 2-2 changeup to secure the victory for young Kurt Ainsworth and his teammates.

The win tonight, besides chalking up another point for San Francisco in the fierce and unremitting Giant-Dodger rivalry, was the 700th in the career of new skipper Felipe Alou, who has overseen 9 wins and only one loss in a Giant uniform. Player of the game: In earning his second win of the season in as many starts, Kurt Ainsworth displayed both talent and poise on the mound. His eight-inning performance was the longest outing thus far by a Giant starter, and it gave rest to a tired San Francisco bullpen - a crucial accomplishment this early in the season.

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