Rewind: Giants vs Rockies, Game #2

With Barry Bonds and Benito Santiago both out of today's lineup, the Giants needed a good start from rookie Kurt Ainsworth who hasn't won since April 15, 2003. Ainsworth showed up today with his best stuff all year and shut down the Rockies for only 1 run in 7 innings.

Giants' semi-rook Kurt Ainsworth (4-4) looked to finally regain some run support, and a win, when he went up against the rejuvenated Scott Elarton (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Coors Field. With Barry Bonds out of the game with tendentious and an offense that has been leaving a trail of stranded base runners like so many breadcrumbs into a forest, things looked predicable. The Giants would trade in their good-time whooping of the purple-pinstriped D-Lacks for a depressing stint at the Rockies' house. The outcome was anything but that when the Giants ignored their usual self-fulfilling prophecy and stood firm to win the game 5-1.

This game came in 2 acts: a pitchers' duel in a hitters park, and a 447-foot blast from the Giant's left fielder, Pedro Feliz.

Scott Elarton hadn't pitched a game since October 2001, when he was a member of the Houston Astros. Double shoulder surgery had side lined him all of last season, and as most former Astro pitchers know, going to play for the Rockies isn't the brightest idea (see Darryl Kile and Mike Hampton's crappy numbers for reference). Elarton set that curse aside, for at least one day, when he and Ainsworth slugged it out from the pitcher's rubber for 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

The Giants still couldn't do a thing when they had base runners in scoring position. Marquis Grissom's day was almost all for naught when he almost hit for the cycle, missing it by a home run. He hit a single, 2 doubles, and a triple and only scored once when Rich Aurilia reached first base on a fielder's choice in the top of the 7th inning. Even with such solid production from his temporary seat at the top of the batting order, Grissom wasn't the story of the day.

Pedro Feliz hit a 447-foot Bonds blast to center field, 20 rows up into the bleachers. It came with 2 outs in the 6th inning and finally snapped the joke streak of not knowing what to do when there were guys with black & orange helmets filling up the bases. Neifi Perez and Edgardo Alfonzo reached with 2 outs before Feliz stepped to the plate. This signaled the end of the first act.

The Rockies had tepid hitting all afternoon until Larry Walker's dormant bat finally found the left-center gap of Coors Field and landed himself a triple. Jose Hernandez followed Walker with a single, plating Walker to make the score 4-1.

The scoring was topped in the Giants' half of the 8th when Andres Galarraga did his usual by driving in Perez from third.

Tim Worrell finished off the ninth inning by fanning flailer Jose Hernandez on a high fastball.

On a curious side note, spooked reliever Felix Rodriguez had a 6 pitch 8th inning and looked smooth and in control to retire the Rockies in order.

SFDugout.com Players of the Game: Kurt Ainsworth for holding tough and keeping the Rockies in check. His Curveball bit the best it had all year. Marquis Grissom for going 4-5. What else does this guy have to do for the team? Drive the bus? Pedro Feliz for having a mile-high awakening this weekend so far. He's good peeps, just needs the at bats to prove it. If another Giant lands on the meat wagon, he could be another awesome backup.

Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for SFDugout.com. 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 jtnunes@yahoo.com


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