Rewind: Giants vs Royals, Game #2

Coming into the second game of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco starter Damian Moss was slumping. After starting the season 5-0, he lost four of his next five decisions and donned an utterly unimpressive ERA of 7.43 during that stretch. Saturday, he looked to get back on track and even the series at a game apiece.

June 14, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 1 7 8 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 9 2

WP D. Moss(7-3) 6 1/3IP 5H 3R 3ER 3BB 3SO 2HR 4.41 ERA
LP L. Walrond (0-1) 2IP 2H 3R 3ER 2BB 2SO 0HR 7.71 ERA

Damian Moss looked as sharp as he has all season long, holding the Royals scoreless through the first five innings. The biggest key to his success in the game was his control, something he has struggled with throughout most of the year. He walked a total of three, one intentionally, in 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three. All of the runs he gave up came by way of the longball. The first was a two run-shot by Mike Sweeney in the sixth; the other a solo home run off the bat of Angel Berroa, the latter chasing Moss from the game.

The Giants suffered through the first six innings with very little clutch hitting, as has been the trend of late. They stranded seven hitters in five innings while scoring only two runs. The first came in the third on a double by Ray Durham, who drove in JT Snow for his thirteenth RBI of the year. The second came an inning later, when Edgardo Alfonzo plated Rich Aurilia to pick up his second run batted in since May 21st.

Tied at two going into the seventh, the Giants mounted a rally against reliever Les Walrond, loading the bases with nobody out. Walrond was replaced by Sean Lowe, who struck out Yorvit Torrealba swinging to keep the score tied. However, with one out, Aurilia lined a single over the head of second baseman Brent Abernathy, and the Giants scored twice to break the tie. San Francisco wasn't done yet, scoring twice more in the inning on an Alfonzo double and taking a 6-2 lead.

The Royals made some noise in the ninth against lefty reliever Scott Eyre and closer Tim Worrell, bringing the tying run to the plate in right-handed slugger Mike Sweeney, but Worrell got Sweeney on a weak grounder to third to end the threat and secure the victory for the Giants.

Game Notes: Giant catcher Benito Santiago left the game in the third inning with a contusion of the groin. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo and Damian Moss. Alfonzo came into the game with only one RBI since the 21st of May. He quadrupled that figure in Saturday's game alone, going 2-4 and driving in four of the Giants' seven runs. Moss had also been struggling, having lost four of five and suffering from what he called ‘dead-arm' syndrome, but his arm looked plenty lively on Saturday in giving the Giants 6+ quality innings for his seventh win of the season.



Stephanie Moy is a diehard Giants fan, born and raised in San Francisco. She loves hearing feedback - good, bad, or otherwise - so if you're so obliged, contact her at a_hole_in_the_bucket@hotmail.com

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