Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #2

Kurt Ainsworth game the Giants bullpen a much needed rest, and for the first time in many days, the whole bullpen was available to skipper Felipe Alou. Luckily enough, the bullpen would scarcely be needed as starter Kirk Rueter pitched a gem.

April 11, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 5 0
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 3 7 1

WP K Rueter (2-0) 7.2IP 4H 1R 0ER 2BB 1K 0HR 0.97 ERA
LP O Perez (0-1) 6.0IP 6H 3R 3ER 4BB 5K 1HR 4.19 ERA
S T Worrell (5) 1.0IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR 2.35 ERA

Going into the game were two lefties, Kirk Rueter and Odalis Perez. Lifetime, Perez was 1-2 with an ERA over 5 against the Giants before today's start.

The Giants scored first. Barry Bonds, who had been in a bit of a slump, broke out when he hit a solo homer to deep right center field in the bottom of the second. Bonds would also walk in the fourth and steal a base, the 495th steal of his career, and his second of the season.

Rueter scattered 4 hits over 7 and two-thirds innings. Coming into the game, Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca were a combined 21-51 with 7 doubles, 2 homeruns, 8 RBI, and 4 walks. Today, Green and Lo Duca were held to a single hit, a one out single by Green in the fourth.

The soft tossing lefty only gave up one run, unearned. Perez led off the top of the sixth with a soft liner to Ray Durham, who bobbled it, allowing Perez to reach base. Leadoff man Dave Roberts then hit a little chopper no more than fifteen feet away from the plate for an infield single. With two men on and none out, Caesar Izturis bunted, but Rueter fielded it cleanly and got the lead runner at third. Green popped out, but Brian Jordan singled to score the speedy Dave Roberts and tie the game.

But the Giants came back with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. After getting Rich Aurilia and Bonds out, Perez walked Jose Cruz, Jr. on four pitches. Santiago then doubled down the left foul line. With two men on and two men out, Andres Galarraga, starting in place of JT Snow, got the big hit, singling right between the drawn in shortstop and third baseman to score both Cruz and Santiago.

Felix Rodriguez would get the last out of the eighth, and Tim Worrell came to close out the game. Worrell surrendered a two-out round-tripper to Adrian Beltre before finishing off Todd Hundley for the last out.'s Player of the Game: No doubt, this accolade goes to the Big Cat, who went 2-4 with 2 2-out RBI, and Kirk Rueter, whose ERA dropped to a rotation-leading 0.96, fourth in the league. Rueter also gave the bullpen another day off.

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