Rewind: Giants vs. Dbacks, Game #1

Coming off a two-game losing streak, the Giants were hoping to get back into the win column against the fourth-place Arizona Diamondbacks. The matchup would be rookie Jesse Foppert vs. Arizona ace Curt Schilling. The Giants record stood at 27-16, the Diamondbacks record at 20-24.

May 19, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Arizona 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 10 0

WP M. Mantei (4-2) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR 3.60 ERA
LP T. Worrell (1-2) 1.2IP 0H 1R 0ER 4BB 0K 0HR 1.48 ERA

The Diamondbacks got the first hit of the game in the bottom of the 1st, with a bunt single by Tony Womack. However, Jesse Foppert struck out two of the next three batters to strand him at first base.

The Giants got their big bats moving in the top of the 2nd, with solo home runs by Benito Santiago to left field and by J.T. Snow to right field. This made the score 2-0 in the favor of the Giants.

Arizona was quick to respond to this attack. Steve Finley hit a solo shot into the Giants bullpen to put the Diamondbacks on the board.

In the top of the 3rd, the Giants mounted an offensive threat with a single to center by Marquis Grissom and a bunt single by Rich Aurilia. Barry Bonds struck out with the pressure on, but Santiago hit a bouncing ball through the infield for a single, scoring Grissom. However, neither Jose Cruz Jr. nor Edgardo Alfonzo could add any more to the attack, and the Giants ended the inning with a 3-1 lead.

Foppert pitched solidly through 6+ innings, but was lifted in the seventh after giving up a leadoff double to Carlos Baerga. He was relieved by Scott Eyre, Eyre gave up an infield single to Womack. Junior Spivey got his only hit of the game with an RBI single to center, cutting the Giants lead to 3-2.

Joe Nathan finally ended the inning by striking out ex-Giant Matt Williams.

Felix Rodriguez began the eighth with consecutive walks to Lyle Overbay and Finley. At this point, with no one out, and two on, Tim Worrell replaced Felix Rodriguez. Quinton McCracken ran for Overbay. Rod Barajas laid down a successful sacrifice bunt, moving the runners up one base each. Pinch hitter Mark Grace was walked intentionally, and Womack grounded out to score the tying run.

Snow led off the top of the 9th with a single to center, but was stranded at first base.

The bottom of the 9th proved to be embarrassing for the Giants. Luis Gonzalez walked to start it off. David Dellucci bunted the ball up the first base line, fielded by Snow. Snow's attempt to gun down the runner at second failed as the throw went wild, putting runners at first and second. With one out, Alex Cintron grounded into a forceout and Dellucci was thrown out at second.

With runners on 1st and 3rd and two outs, Finley was intentionally walked to bring up the weaker-hitting Barajas. However, Worrell walked Barajas to bring home the winning run.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Jesse Foppert is the player of the game. He has been controlling himself better. He only walked two batters over six innings, and struck out seven. Honorable mention goes to Benito Santiago, who drove in two of the Giants three runs, with a solo shot in the second and an RBI single in the third.

Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com


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