Rewind: Tigers vs Giants, Game #1

The Giants are to face one of the worst major league teams, the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers do slightly better on the road, winning 11 of 32, compared to 5 of 26 at home

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

WP K. Rueter (7-1) 6IP 8H 3R 3ER 0BB 3K 2HR 3.42 ERA
LP J. Bonderman (2-8) 6IP 6H 4R 3ER 3BB 1K 0HR 5.51 ERA

When the game began, there seemed to be no question that the Giants would win because Kirk Rueter had won 6 games, while Jeremy Bonderman had just won two. The question was how much would they win by.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Giants seemed poised to rally. Marquis Grissom hit a sharp ground ball to Tigers shortstop Omar Infante that he couldn't handle, and was awarded with a base hit. He was caught trying to steal second base, but Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman hit number two-hitter, J.T. Snow, with a pitch. Rich Aurilia then hit a line drive past the diving third baseman Dmitri Young and the ball rolled into the Giants bullpen for a double, moving Snow over to third.

Barry Bonds was intentionally walked, bringing up Ray Durham with the bases loaded. Ray Durham hit a ground ball to second base. The Tigers forced out Bonds at second, but Durham beat the throw to first and Snow scored from third to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

Edgardo Alfonzo hit a fly ball to left field that kept drifting because of the wind. At the wall, left fielder Craig Monroe attempted to make the catch, but an eager Giants fan reached over the wall and interfered with the ball in play. After minutes of argument, the umpires declared Alfonzo out, ending the inning.

With one out in the top of the second, Monroe singled. Brandon Inge, a .154 hitter on the season, hit a two-run shot that was helped by a strong wind blowing out to left to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

But, as expected, the lead did not last long. The Giants took control of the game in the bottom of the 4th. Barry Bonds got an infield single, and with one out Edgardo Alfonzo hit a line drive to right, putting runners on first and third for Jose Cruz. Jr. As much as some may have expected him to, he did not ground into a double play. He hit a line drive just past the glove of shortstop Infante and into center field for an RBI single.

Rueter beat out the relay to first on a potential double-play ball, and Alfonzo scored on the play Grissom hit what looked to be an inning-ending popup into shallow right field, but second baseman Ramon Santiago dropped the ball, allowing Cruz to score and the Giants to take a 4-2 lead.

In the top of the 6th, Dmitri Young hit a home run to straightaway center to cut the Giants lead by one.

The bottom of the 7th involved lost opportunities. Grissom doubled to left, and on Snow's attempted sacrifice bunt, the Tigers attempted to throw out Grissom at third. They failed to get an out at all on the play, putting runners at first and third with no one out for Aurilia. Yes, Aurilia did drive in a run. With another double play.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Giants got a bases-loaded one out situation with pinch hitter Andres Galarraga at bat, and he did something rather expected. Yes, another double play to end the inning!

Kirk Rueter lasted six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, and Felix Rodriguez pitched two innings, giving up just one walk. Worrell pitched a perfect 9th to get his 15th save. Player of the Game: Jose Cruz Jr. He got a timely hit to drive in a run, and he showed good range in the field, getting just inches behind foul balls that most players wouldn't even have a chance of getting to. Honorable mention goes to Kirk Rueter for battling the winds early on and getting a couple of timely double plays.

Jesse Radin writes for and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to

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