Rewind: Giants vs Marlins, Game #3

There's always some rusty nail out on the highway that blows out one or more of the Giants tires when they travel to South Florida. Pro Player Stadium has been a purgatory wrought with late-game disappointments and a certain mega-team that mugged the Giants of a bid to the NLCS in 1997. This time around the Giants took advantage of their own 8th and 9th inning opportunities to pull out a series sweep over the Marlins.

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

WP J. Nathan (4-0) 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 0.39 ERA
LP B. Looper (2-1) 1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.49 ERA
S T. Worrell (11) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2SO 0HR 1.74 ERA

The series looked to end on a down note considering the cold bats the Giants have barely been able to sweep across the plate. Their base running also took a night off when Felipe Alou called a suicide squeeze that Yorvit Torrealba botched badly, ending up on his stomach across home plate and Jose Cruz ,Jr. tagged out easily by Marlins catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Kurt Ainsworth (3-2) toed the rubber and pitched yet another solid outing with little run support. In his last four starts, Ainsworth has lost two and has two no decisions. He was just as lucky this evening, holding the score at 2-1 in the Giants' favor being pulled before the 8th inning for Joe Nathan to finish off the side.

Nathan (4-0, 0.39), who had kept an astounding streak of 22-1/3 scoreless innings, finally showed his human side by giving up a double to the left-center gap to Juan Pierre. With Mike Lowell at bat Pierre got a big jump on Nathan and stole third base. Lowell then hit a sacrifice fly to shallow center field where Rueben Rivera uncorked a strong -yet inaccurate- throw up the line. Pierre tagged and scored on the play, leaving the contest at 2 apiece.

Yorvit Torrealba started the comeback in the ninth inning by hitting a single, being sacrificed to second, and reaching third on a groundout by Andres Galaragga. Rich Aurilia came in to pinch hit and hit a 0-2 bloop RBI single to bring Torrealba home.

Tim Worrell came in and sealed the deal by tossing another solid save, retiring 3 in a row. He now has 11 saves (out of 12), and a 1.74 ERA. Player of the Game: Rich Aurilia. He has established himself as one of the best 2-strike hitters in the National League. When you let him get deep into a count he can kill you by getting short with his swing. Tonight he did that by putting the ball up the middle instead of swinging for the cheap seats, like the Rich of old. He's also come back from a bizarre eye affliction that had him swinging like a 5-year-old at a piñata party.

Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for He also sits up late at night trying to find a way to become a clever sports writer. He can be praised or berated at

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