Rewind: Giants vs Pirates, Game #2

For the first time this season, the Giants had a losing streak. After failing to sweep the Dodgers on Sunday, the Giants dropped another to Pittsburgh, 5-1. Today, they sent Kirk Rueter to act as a stopper and try to get a win.

April 23, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 10 1
Pittsburgh 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 16 1

WP J. Brower(3-1) 2IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 5.65 ERA
LP J. Tavarez (0-1) 1 1/3IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 6.30 ERA

The Pirates tacked runs on in the bottom of the second. Amaris Ramirez doubled to lead off the inning, and came around to score when Craig Wilson doubled to pick up his first hit and his second RBI of the season.

In the fourth, Craig Wilson doubled his season hit total and picked up another RBI by hitting a solo shot to right field. Then with two outs, Jack Wilson singled. Pitcher Jeff D'Amico then tried to bunt him over to second and reached base when Benito Santiago threw the ball into center field. With two men on, Kenny Lofton hurt his former team by doubling to score Wilson but was hung up trying to advance to third.

That was all the scoring the Pirates would manage. Kirk Rueter scattered nine hits, three runs, and an intentional walk over six innings of work. The bullpen would come in to pitch 7 shutout innings.

The Giants' offense was just shut out until the eighth inning when Neifi Perez sparked a rally. Perez led off the inning by reaching on a bunt single. Durham followed that up with a single of his own. With two outs, Jose Cruz, Jr. tied it up by hitting a three-run jack off Scott Sauerbeck, just out of the reach of the left fielder, Rob Mackowiak, who had come in as part of the double switch.

The Pirates threatened to end the game in the bottom of the ninth when they got two men on with two men out. Scott Eyre came in and put out the threat when he coaxed a fly out from pinch hitter Matt Stairs, sending the game into extra innings.

Though both teams would continually get baserunners, they would be left stranded. It wasn't until the thirteenth inning would one of those baserunners would score. With one out and a 0-2 count, Julian Tavarez drilled J.T. Snow. Santiago then singled. After Marvin Benard flied out for the second out, Pedro Feliz, who had come in as part of a double switch in the previous inning, hit the first pitch he saw to Ramirez. Ramirez cleanly fielded the ball and threw it to Pokey Reese for what should have been the third out, but the ball glanced right off the top of Reese's glove, allowing Snow to score the go-ahead run.

Jim Brower came out to pitch another inning and succeeded in shutting down the Pirates for his third win of the year.'s Player of the Game: In such a long game, there is bound to be more than one crucial player. Today's POTG award goes to Jose Cruz, Jr., Neifi Perez, and the bullpen. Jose Cruz, Jr. went 2-6 and hit the game-tying homer in the eighth. Perez was the sparkplug that helped start the rally and played great defense once he came into the game. The bullpen was spectacular as usual. As of now, they have pitched 11 scoreless innings

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