Rewind: Twins vs Giants, Game #3

The Giants looked to win the first series during interleague play against the Minnesota Twins. They send up another rookie, Jesse Foppert to the mound, who is looking for his fourth win.

June 5, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 10 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0

WP K. Lohse (5-4) 8IP 7H 2R 2ER 0BB 4K 1HR 3.01 ERA
LP J. Foppert (3-5) 5IP 8H 4R 4ER 4BB 4K 0HR 4.58 ERA

Coming into the game, the Giants knew umpire, Mike Everitt, would call the game. The last game the Giants had to deal with an Everitt wide strike zone was when Kevin Millwood of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter. The pitcher's strike zone did the Giants in before, so this time they'd have to come out hacking.

Jesse Foppert was on the mound for five innings giving up four runs on eight hits, four walks, and four strikeouts. Every inning was a stressful one for Foppert. The Twins' bats continued to stay alive, constantly putting Foppert in the stretch.

As they've done in the past two games, the Twins were the first to score. With one out, Cristian Guzman tripled into deep right field and scored off a single from the bat of Doug Mientkiewicz.

In the third, Torii Hunter, who has proved to be a force to be reckoned with, drew a walk with one out. With Mientkiewicz in the box, Foppert threw a pitch that Benito Santiago wasn't able to get a hold of and Hunter reached second. The passed ball hurt the Giants as Bobby Kielty singled into center field to drive in Hunter. Minnesota now had a 2-0 lead on the Giants.

The Twins drove in a couple more runs, while the Giants were still trying to figure out the wide strike zone and looking for a hit that wasn't directed at a Twin. They just couldn't catch a break.

Twins starter, Kyle Lohse, had a completely different experience than Foppert . Lohse continued to deliver a brilliant game against the Giants – retiring the first 11 hitters he faced. Rich Aurilia was the first to get a hit off a Lohse with a single, but they wouldn't get a run on the board until the bottom of the fifth. Benito Santiago led off with a double to left field. J.T. Snow came up to the plate and hit a bomb into McCovey Cove. Snow's second homer of the season also became his first splash hit. He is one of three Giants who have successfully hit jacks into the cove – the other two are Barry Bonds responsible for 23 and Felipe Crespo with 2. This brought an end to the Twins' hopes for a shutout with the score at 4-2.

Minnesota brought in their last run of the game in the seventh inning. Hunter just kept bringing it to the Giants. He singled in the seventh, stole second and reached third on a groundout by Mientkiewicz. A.J. Pierzynski drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center. It was now 5-2.

Eddie Guardado closed the game and obtained his 17th save in 17 chances He now holds the team record with his 24th straight save.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: J.T. Snow. Who knew he could hit ‘em way into the cove? So congratulations to him on his first splash hit. A pretty big achievement since there are only two other Giants who have done it and one of them being Barry Bonds.

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