Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #2

The San Francisco Giants kept their collective cleat squarely planted on National League West opponents' necks by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 on Saturday at Chavez Ravine. It was the 5th straight victory over their division rivals so far this year, bumping their overall record to 15-2.

April 19, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 2 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 9 11 1
Los Angeles 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1

WP D. Moss (3-0) 7IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 4SO 1HR 3.04 ERA
LP A. Ashby (0-3) 4IP 8H 7R 7ER 2BB 4SO 0HR 11.25 ERA

Andy Ashby, spot starting for an injured Odalis Perez, seemed to bring his "game of old" to the mound. Despite pounding the corners for strikes in the first 3 innings, he gave up a 2-run single up the middle to Neifi Perez in the 2nd inning and watched Marquis Grissom steal third and score on a Paul Lo Duca throwing error in the 3rd.

Damian Moss struggled early on with his control, eventually giving up a 2-run home run in the Giants' half of the 2nd inning to Jolbert Cabrera, his first of the year. Moss would later gain command of his arm and last 7 innings; giving up 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and striking out 4.

Then came the 5th inning.

Moss helped his cause by singling over Cesar Izturis. Grissom and Cabrera provided scary theatre by colliding heads at fist base while Grissom legged-out a bunt. Edgardo Alfonzo reached first on a swinging bunt up the third base line. Rich Aurilia stepped to the plate and ripped a ground rule double over the short wall in left field scoring Moss and Grissom, sending Alfonzo to third.

That was it for Ashby.

Enter reliever, and former Giants farmhand, Troy Brohawn. After an intentional walk to Bonds, Benito Santiago sent a single off of Izturis' glove to plate Alfonzo, but Bonds over ran 2nd base and was thrown out. With Aurilia and Santiago on the corners, defensive replacement Andres Galarraga hit a screaming line drive past a belly-flopping Brian Jordan into the left-center gap. Aurilia and Santiago scored on the play, leaving "El Gato Grande" with a triple.

Ruben Rivera, a 6th inning replacement for a dizzy Marquis Grissom, added his punctuation to the scoring drive by hitting his first home run as a Giant over the right field wall off of Brohawn.

With the Dodger faithful making their traditional pilgrimage to the parking lot during the last half of the 8th, Shawn Green broke out of an embarrassing 0-3 outing by doubling over the left field fence. He would eventually score to make the game 9-3.

Tim Worrell worked the last half of the 9th for the Giants to ceremonially shut the door.

The Giants have started the year 8-0 on the road, and 10-1 against the National League West.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: The Giants' bench. With Ray Durham resting a strained groin and J.T. Snow leaving the game early after fouling a ball off his inside right knee, most teams would be scrambling for answers. This, after years of abject bench futility, is not a problem for the 2003 Giants. Neifi Perez provided a solid Gold Glove moment turning a double play in the 5th inning. Andres Galarraga is not only a good defensive replacement he's still a force to be reckoned with at the plate. Ruben Rivera showed what he had done all spring by adding to the score in the 8th.


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