Rewind: Twins vs Giants, Game #1

It's that time of the year: inter-league baseball. The Minnesota Twins entered the city limits for the first time ever to take on the strengthening Giants in the first of 3 games between the two strangers. In a match up that is supposed to showcase possible World Series opponents, as well as put on a show for fans that wouldn't otherwise see the visiting team's talent, inter league has fallen flat more times than not. Surprisingly, both teams showed up and gave everyone an eyeful.

June 3, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 13 3
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 11 0

WP J. Mays (7-3) 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR 5.40 ERA
LP D. Moss (6-4) 7IP 12H 6R 6ER 2BB 3K 1HR 3.86 ERA

The Twins had been run over by Seattle before arriving in San Francisco. With those odds, conventional wisdom would suggest that Minnesota would have their heads handed to them by the surging Giants. The Giants righted their loosing ship against Colorado, handing them their customary 3-1 series loss at Pac Bell Park. Unfortunately the Twins found their bats just in time to put the hurt on Damian Moss (6-4, 3.86), in a 6-4 victory.

The Twins busted out aggressive bats in the First and third innings. Tori Hunter doubled in Christian Guzman, only to be doubled-in himself by Doug Mientkiewicz to make the opening score 2-0. In the third, Cory Koskie tried to stretch a run-scoring single into a double but Marvin Bernard snuffed him at 2nd with a timely throw to get the out. The score stood at 3-0.

Winning pitcher Joe Mays (7-3, 5.40), lived by his word to challenge Barry Bonds with no one one base. Bonds thanked him with a screaming bomb to right center, adding Mays to his book. This short-lived elation for the fans at Pac Bell was over-shadowed by the spector of low run production. Rich Aurilia and LaTroy Hawkins put on the show of the night. With the bases loaded and the Giants poised to shrink a 6-3 Twins lead, Aurilia fouled off pitch after pitch, only to go down swinging hard. 2 runs would have closed the gap to 1 run, but instead the side was retired and the Giants returned to the dugout scratching their heads.

The last glimmer of hope shone when Marquis Grissom hit a homer to left off of "Everyday" Eddie Guardado, bumping the score to 6-4, who notched his 16th save as he put down the Giants in the 9th.'s Player of the Game: Barry Bonds. It's a corny choice when you are trying to find solace in a disappointing loss, but he delivered just what Major League Baseball wants: fireworks. It was a solo shot, and the cameras got hit number 25 trudging around the bags. Fun.

Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for 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

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