Rewind: Giants vs Rockies, Game #1

After being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies were delighted to go back to their familiar field, Coors Field. Oh, what a sweet home coming it was – after being stifled for only 9 hits and 6 runs in the LA series, the Rockies busted out for 11 hits and ten runs to take the first game of the series.

May 23, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 7 16 0
Colorado 5 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 x 10 11 0

WP S. Chacon (6-2) 5IP 9H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K 1HR 3.79 ERA
LP D. Moss (5-3) 3 2/3IP 7H 8R 8ER 3BB 1K 1HR 3.51 ERA

Damian Moss took the hill for the Giants, seeking his sixth win of the year. Shawn Chacon went for the Rockies. In the top of the first, he surrendered a two-out single to Barry Bonds, followed by a double to left-center to Benito Santiago, giving the Giants a quick 1-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived. Though Moss started the inning by throwing Ronnie Belliard two strikes, he set the trend for the rest of the night: walks. Altogether, the Rockies walked 8 times, 3 issued by Moss. The leadoff walk sparked a five-run Rocky rally, putting the Giants in a 4-run deficit.

Seeing as how it was Coors Field and no lead is ever safe, the Rockies padded their lead by adding 1 run in the second and another two in the fourth. Moss lasted only 3.2 innings before getting pulled for Manny Aybar. Aybar finished the inning, giving up another run, and pitched the fifth – and giving up another run there.

In the top of the fifth, the Giants finally scored again. Bonds singled, but Pedro Feliz came in to pinch run for him after he was taken out due to an injured leg. Santiago hit a booming homer to make the score 8-3. JT Snow then slammed a double and moved to third on Edgardo Alfonzo's groundout. Snow scored on Jose Cruz, Jr.'s flyout.

The Giants put up a two-spot in the next inning. The Rockies answered with another run.

The ninth rolled around, and the Giants were down 10-6. Snow singled to lead off the inning. Edgardo Alfonzo then hit into a fielder's choice. Andres Galarraga, pinch hitting for the pitcher, Chad Zerbe, grounded out, moving Alfonzo to second. Neifi Perez doubled to bring home Alfonzo. With the tying run on deck, Ruben Rivera hit a soft liner right into the glove of Belliard to end the game and the rally.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Chad Zerbe and Benito Santiago. Kudos to Santiago who went 3-5 and was only a triple short of hitting the cycle, as well as driving in three runs. Chad Zerbe was the only pitcher today on the Giants staff able to hold the Rockies to no runs. Good for you, Chad.

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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