Rewind: Mets vs Giants, Game #4

After starting the season 3-0, rookie Kurt Ainsworth had not won another game. Ainsworth took the mound for the Giants, looking for his first win since April 15th.

May 18, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 5 8 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1

WP T. Glavine (5-3) 8 1/3IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 4SO 1HR 3.41 ERA
LP K. Ainsworth (3-4) 5IP 4H 3R 2ER 3BB 5SO 1HR 4.47 ERA

The Giants had their work cut out for them. Starting for the struggling Mets was Tom Glavine, the future hall-of-famer. Unfortunately for the already slumping Giants, Tom Glavine was on from the first inning. In 8.1 innings of work, Glavine only threw 89 pitches and gave up one run - a Marquis Grissom homer.

Meanwhile, Kurt Ainsworth was once again victimized by lack of run support. In his five innings pitched, Ainsworth gave up only two earned runs, both coming off a Jason Phillips homer. Ainsworth also surrendered an unearned run in the fifth inning when Santiago allowed a passed ball and then made a fielding error.

The Mets added another run in the sixth off reliever Ryan Jensen. Jensen walked Cliff Floyd to lead off the inning and then gave up a single to Phillips. Floyd scored on a Ty Wigginton sacrifice fly.

That would be more than enough for Glavine, who shutout the Giants for the first eight innings before giving up the big fly to Grissom. After allowing a one-out single to Santiago, Glavine was pulled in favor of the closer, Armando Benitez. Benitez ended the game on 8 pitches, getting Edgardo Alfonzo to pop out and striking out Andres Galarraga.'s Player of the Game: There was minimal offense today, but Marquis Grissom again proved to be a great offseason acquisition today. Grissom went 2-4, with a homer, the Giants' only run of the day.

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