Rewind: Giants vs Phillies, Game #2

With a 10-2 loss, the Giants drop to 18-5. Jerome Williams pitched solid baseball for three innings, but when Yorvit Torrealba started catching, he fell apart, giving up a total of five earned runs, and the relief pitchers did no better at holding off the Phillies offense. The Giants offense had some tough breaks, with a rally-ending double play in the 4th inning.

April 26, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0
Philadelphia 0 0 3 2 3 0 0 2 x 10 12 0

WP B. Duckworth (1-1) 5IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2SO 0HR 9.95 ERA
LP J. Williams(0-1) 4IP 5H 5R 5ER 5BB 3SO 0HR 11.25 ERA
S C. Silva (1) 4IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 2SO 0HR 2.61 ERA

There were many similarities between the Giants Apr. 22 loss against the Pirates, and tonight's 10-2 loss against the Phillies. In both games, the Giants pitcher was a rookie brought up through their farm system having his first major league start. Both pitchers, Jesse Foppert and Jerome Williams, gave up 5 earned runs in 4 innings. However, Williams pitched well until the 4th inning, and he did pitch to two batters in the 5th but did not record an out. Foppert, on the other hand, gave up five earned runs in his first inning yet pitched three more scoreless innings.

The bullpens behaved differently on these two occasions. After Foppert left, three relief pitchers pitched a combined four innings, only allowing one hit total. Williams' relievers gave up five more runs in four innings, to make the final score 10-2, while the game on the 22nd was only 5-.2

Tonight, the Giants bats struck first in the top of the 4th, with Benito Santiago getting hit by a pitch, J.T. Snow hitting a single, and Marquis Grissom hitting an RBI double. With one out, and runners at 2nd and 3rd, the Phillies chose to intentionally walk Ray Durham. This strategy worked out well as Edgardo Alfonzo grounded into a double play, ending what could have been a big rally.

Yorvit Torrealba took over the catching job in the bottom of the 4th. Santiago's elbow injury was more serious that it previously seemed. Unfortunately, Jerome Williams began to fall apart. He walked Bobby Abreu and struck out Pat Burrell. However Abreu was running on the pitch and successfully stole second. Williams walked Jim Thome and David Bell. This brought up Todd Pratt, in a bases-loaded, one-out situation. Williams walked him as well, tying the game. Tony Perez hit an infield single, forcing in another runner to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Starting pitcher Brandon Duckworth hit a single to score Bell. However, at this point Williams had some good luck. Jimmy Rollins hit a fielder's choice right to Snow and was able to force Todd Pratt out at home. Ricky Ledee ended the inning with a groundout to first.

The bottom of the fifth began with Bobby Abreu again. He singled, and went to second on a wild pitch by Williams. Pat Burrell got a base hit, which also moved Abreu to third. With runners on first and third with no outs, Jim Brower relieved Jerome Williams. While he was able to get Jim Thome to line out, Bell doubled and Pratt singled to make the game 5-1 in favor of the Phillies.

The Phillies made it 8-1 in the 6th with a two-runner homer by Bobby Abreu and a solo shot by Jim Thome.

In the 8th, the Phillies added even more insurance with consecutive doubles from the bats of Ledee and Abreu, with Ledee scoring on Abreu's double. Burrell grounded out to move Abreu to third and Thome hit a sacrifice fly to knock Abreu in.

The Giants got their second and final run in the top of the ninth. Neifi Perez hit a one-out triple and scored on a groundout by Alfonzo. Player of the Game: This is a tough call, because in all honestly, the Giants did not do very well as a team. But Marquis Grissom is our player of the game. He went 2-4, and hit an RBI double.

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