Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #1

The Giants and the Dodgers entered the first game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium separated by only two games in the NL West. The Dodgers, who were once at a deficit as large as 8 ½ games, had won six in a row entering Tuesday's contest. They looked to take a seventh consecutive victory to cut the Giants' division lead to a single game.

June 17, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 0
Los Angeles 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0

WP K. Brown(10-1) 6IP 7H 1R 1ER 2BB 4SO 0HR 1.97 ERA
LP J. Foppert(4-6) 4 2/3IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 1SO 1HR 4.43 ERA

The Dodgers scored early and often against rookie Jesse Foppert. In the first inning, Paul Lo Duca got ahold of a poorly placed 2-2 pitch from Foppert, sending it over the center field wall for a solo home run. With two down in the second, L.A. starter Kevin Brown drove in his second run of the season with a single up the middle, scoring Daryle Ward. The third inning brought more trouble for Foppert, who gave up a double, a wild pitch and a walk before allowing Brian Jordan's sacrifice fly to deep left field. A single off the bat of Adrian Beltre made the score 4-0 in favor of the Dodgers.

Brown came in with a record of 9-1, having won his last eight decisions and, just as impressive, having given up only twelve runs in his previous twelve starts. His one loss came against San Francisco early in the season, and the Giants were hoping to duplicate that performance. Unfortunately for them, Brown had a different game plan.

Despite picking up six hits and two walks through the first five innings, the Giants could not get a single man home. They grounded into two double plays and stranded all eight baserunners – three in scoring position. After being held scoreless through the first six frames, the Giants finally put a run on the board in the top of the seventh. Edgardo Alfonzo led off with a hard-hit two-bagger, and with one out, Neifi Perez smacked a ball down the right field line for a pinch-hit RBI double to make the score 4-1. Although the run came in with reliever Paul Shuey on the mound, it was charged to Brown, who had started the inning and departed after giving up the double to Alfonzo.

The Dodger bullpen, with the best ERA in the majors, pitched two solid innings in relief. Shuey threw two innings, giving up a hit and striking out one. Eric Gagne shut down the Giants in the ninth to secure his league-leading 27th save in 27 opportunities, striking out the side on twelve pitches.

Game Notes: J.T. Snow left the game after the top of the first inning with a left groin strain. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Neifi Perez. Perez entered the game in the seventh with a chance at the first Giant RBI of the game, and he came through with a clean double to put the San Francisco on the board and prevent a shutout.



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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