Rewind: Giants vs Rockies, Game #3

Coming off a loss and a win in Denver, the Giants look to jump ahead in this series. It was another frustrating offensive day for the Giants as they struggled to bring men home, leaving eight runners on base in eight out of nine innings, with most runners in scoring position and less than two outs.

May 25, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 11 0
Colorado 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 x 5 7 0

WP D. Oliver (2-3) 6IP 7H 0R 0ER 1BB 2K 0HR 4.85 ERA
LP J. Foppert (2-4) 4IP 4H 3R 2ER 3BB 0K 0HR 4.83 ERA

On another overcast day in Colorado, the Giants sent rookie Jesse Foppert to the mound against the Rockies' Darren Oliver. Without Barry Bonds in the starting lineup for a second day in a row, the Giants hoped to reel in another win.

The Rockies wasted no time in the bottom of the first inning as Ron Belliard doubled to shallow center on a blooper that Neifi Perez was not able to hold onto. Jay Payton followed that up with a single and Foppert walked Larry Walker to load the bases. Jose Hernandez hit a deep fly out that enabled Belliard to score.

In the bottom of the second, the Rockies looked to extend their slim lead. Foppert walked Charles Johnson and gave up a double to his counterpart, Oliver, which allowed Johnson to score. On a wild pitch, Oliver advanced to third base, where Belliard sent a deep fly to right field for Oliver to easily score, making the Rockies lead 0-3.

The Giants had their opportunities as their lead off batter gathered a hit in almost every inning, but was not able to come home. The table was set time and time again, but the Giants were not able to help out their young pitcher, and the third inning that looked to be a profitable inning was no different.

Perez led off with a double and Foppert was hit by a pitch. Grissom sent a ground ball to third baseman, Greg Norton, who threw Foppert out at second. Oliver walked Rich Aurilia, who is hitless in this year's series at Coors' Field, to load the bases for the hot bat of the Giants, Benito Santiago. Santiago grounded to Norton, who threw to second and forced the third out to end the inning.

After four innings and giving up only four hits and three runs, Foppert was relieved by Scott Eyre. Eyre pitched an inning and two-thirds allowing no runs.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Rockies sealed the game. Todd Helton doubled off Jim Brower and Walker walked for the third time in the game. Norton doubled to deep center, allowing Helton and Walker to score, padding the Rockies' lead to 0-5.

Also in the seventh inning, the Giants were able to have a couple of laughs as a Rockies' security guard, who sat in front of the Giants' dugout, had a Powerade cup stuck upside down on his helmet. Gum was stuck on the rim of the cup to attached the cup to the helmet, and the guilty party may have been Jason Schmidt or Robb Nen, who were both sitting behind the man. Schmidty moved to another spot after a few minutes. Once the security guard got a few laughs after he was informed of how foolish he looked, he removed the cup and his back was no longer turned to the Giants' dugout.

In the top of the ninth, Andres Galarraga continued his hot hitting against his former team by driving a single to left field. Perez, another former Rocky, slammed a triple to score Galarraga and to prevent the Giants from being shut out. Reliever Jose Jimenez finished off the game for the Rockies.

The Giants had a disappointing defeat; collecting eleven hits, grounding into four double plays, and mustering up one run. The Giants were able to prevent being the eleventh shut out in Coors Field. Well, that's something, isn't it?

SFDugout.com Player(s) of the Game: Players always perform well against their former team, and today was no different for Andres Galarraga and Neifi Perez, who were both crushing base hits against their former team. El Gato scored the Giants' only run and Perez received the Giants' only RBI. Jesse Foppert also deserves a nod, allowing only three runs and few hits, but getting the loss because his team was unable to back him up with offense.

Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps and other articles for SFDugout.com. Sara can be reached at shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com


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