Rewind: Giants vs Marlins, Game #2

Coming into Game 2 of a series against the sub-.500 Florida Marlins, the San Francisco Giants looked to take their fourth consecutive game and improve their National League-leading record to 23-9.

May 7, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 9 1

WP D. Moss (5-0) 6IP 5H 1R 1ER 4BB 5SO 0HR 2.11 ERA
LP J. Beckett (2-3) 1IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 3.76 ERA
S T. Worrell (10) 1 2/3IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 1.83 ERA

Despite their recent success, the Giants' offense had been sputtering. The trend continued tonight. Of the three runs the Giants scored, one came on a bases-loaded walk; another on a costly error by ten-time Gold Glove winner Ivan Rodriguez. Still, the Giants managed to pull out a victory as the defense was stellar and the pitching staff held the Marlins to only two runs.

The Giants scored their first run of the game right away against Florida starter Josh Beckett. Ray Durham and Rich Aurilia came up with back-to back hits to lead it off, and with one out, Jose Cruz, Jr. singled to load the bases. After J.T. Snow struck out looking, Benito Santiago walked with two outs, picking up his thirteenth RBI of the season. Edgardo Alfonzo had a chance to drive in some runs, striding to the plate with the bases still loaded, but he popped out to second base to end the inning.

Beckett left after the first inning with stiffness in his right elbow and was replaced by southpaw Juan Alvarez, who went two innings and gave up two hits, two walks, and a run. The run came on a third-inning single by Santiago, who drove in Jose Cruz, Jr. for his second RBI of the game and one of only two Giant hits with a runner in scoring position. Alvarez was replaced by Toby Borland, who pitched two scoreless innings. Tommy Phelps relieved Borland and gave up what turned out to be the winning run on a hit and a two-base error. With runners at first and second base in the top of the sixth inning, Marlins catcher Ivan Rodriguez threw to first in an attempt to pick off Ray Durham. His throw eluded first baseman Derrek Lee and sailed into right field. Marquis Grissom, running hard on his 38-year-old legs, scored all the way from second base without a slide to put the Giants up 3-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Marlins got that run back. Giants starter Damian Moss, who had shut out the Marlins through five, walked Lee with one out. Two batters later, left fielder Brian Banks doubled high off the center field wall to drive him in and bring Florida within two runs of the Giants. The Marlins made it even closer in the eighth inning off reliever Felix Rodriguez. Mike Lowell led off the inning with a double to left. With one out, Juan Encarnacion singled sharply into center field to bring Lowell home. Closer Tim Worrell was then summoned from the bullpen, and retired Banks and Mike Mordecai to get the Giants out of the inning. He came back out to pitch the ninth inning and allowed a hit but no runs, picking up his tenth save in eleven opportunities for San Francisco.

SFDugout's Player(s) of the Game: Damian Moss and Tim Worrell. Moss, in his seventh start of the year, allowed only one run in six innings, improving his record to 5-0. He surrendered five hits and four walks while striking out five. Worrell saved his most difficult game of the year. He inherited a tight spot in the eighth inning but gotout of it without giving up a run. He pitched an inning and a third and held a one-run lead to send the Giants home with a win. Benito Santiago also had a good game for the Giants, going 1-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Stephanie Moy is a diehard Giants fan, born and raised in San Francisco. She loves hearing feedback - good, bad, or otherwise - so if you're so obliged, contact her at a_hole_in_the_bucket@hotmail.com


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