Rewind: Expos vs Giants, Game #1

After losing two straight, the Giants faltered again. As of late, the bullpen has not been coming through in key situations.

May 12, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 9 2
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 12 0

WP Z. Day (4-1) 6IP 8H 1R 1ER 2BB 1SO 0HR 2.73 ERA
LP D. Moss (5-1) 6 2/3IP 6H 3R 3ER 3BB 0SO 0HR 2.37 ERA

The Giants sent Damian Moss to the mound. Moss, with a 5-0 record, would face Zach Day. Seeking his sixth win, Moss was also looking to stop the Giants' two-game losing streak.

Both Moss and Day threw three blank frames. Finally, after several threats, the Giants drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth. Benito Santiago led off the inning with a single. After JT Snow flied out, Edgardo Alfonzo slammed a single into right field. With two men and one out, Marquis Grissom came up big and got that elusive hit with runners in scoring position, putting the Giants ahead, 1-0.

However that would be the only run Day (4-1) would give up in six innings of work. The Expos' bullpen would carry the team the rest of the way.

Moss (5-1) struggled in the top of the seventh. With one out, Michael Barrett singled. Jamey Carroll then hit another single, moving Barrett to third. Endy Chavez hit a comebacker, forcing Barrett to freeze at third, but allowing Carroll to advance to second. Orlando Cabrera then walked on five pitches to load up the bases. With Jose Vidro coming up to bat, skipper Felipe Alou opted to go to the righty, Joe Nathan. Nathan surrendered a bases-clearing double.

The Giants got one of those runs back when Andres Galarraga, pinch-hitting for JT Snow, singled with the bases loaded to right field. Cruz was thrown out by Vladimir Guerrero trying to score.

Felix Rodriguez came in to pitch the ninth and gave up a critical run. He walked Barrett to start the inning and gave up a one-out single to Chavez. With runners on first and second, Rodriguez threw a wild pitch, thus eliminating the possibility of the double play. Cabrera managed to do what the Giants couldn't; he hit a deep fly ball to left field to score Barrett.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants would try to mount a comeback. After Neifi Perez popped out trying to bunt, Rich Aurilia slammed a double. The Expos then made a huge gamble: they chose to pitch to Barry Bonds. They almost were on the losing end, but fortunately for them, Bonds hit a double to the deepest part of any ballpark in America – to "Death Valley." Instead of a game-winning double, Bonds had to settle for an RBI-double. Jason Ellison was sent in to run for Bonds. However, Rocky Biddle would strike out both Jose Cruz, Jr. and Benito Santiago to end the game.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Props to Andres Galarraga for coming off the bench and being able to get the elusive hit with runners in scoring position. Ditto to Marquis Grissom and Barry Bonds. Also, to Rich Aurilia who went 3-4 and is showing signs of heating up.

Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at SFDugout.com. She can be reached by email at aznstarlite00@yahoo.com


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