Rewind: Giants vs A's, Game #1

After managing to avoid the sweep in Los Angeles, the Giants returned home to the Bay Area to face their "hometown rivals," the Oakland Athletics.

June 20, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 9 1
Oakland 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 x 5 9 0

WP A. Harang (1-1) 5 2/3IP 7H 2R 2ER 1BB 5K 0HR 4.96 ERA
LP D. Moss (7-5) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K 1HR 4.52 ERA
S K. Foulke (18) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.56 ERA

Jason Schmidt delivered a masterpiece Thursday night to salvage the series against the Dodgers. Southpaw Damian Moss took the mound for the struggling Giants facing Oakland's starter, Aaron Harang.

From the beginning, it looked to be a long night for Moss. The A's got a rally started right away. Eric Byrnes led off the bottom of the 1st with a single. Scott Hatteburg then followed that up with a single of his own. Moss then managed to coax a popup from Miguel Tejada and strike out Elrubio Durazo, but he failed to escape the inning unscathed. After the runners had advanced on a wild pitch during Tejada's at bat, they scored on Jermaine Dye's single to center field to give the A's the lead – one they would never let go.

After failing to score runner after runner and squandering opportunity after opportunity, the Giants finally broke through for their first of three runs that night. After Francisco Santos, making his major league debut at first, doubled, Ray Durham doubled to score him.

Oakland came right back with another pair of runs. Moss, erratic as ever, hit Hatteburg with a pitch, and then surrendered a two-run dinger to Tejada to make the score 4-1, A's.

The 6th was the hard luck inning for the Giants. Eric Chavez proved to everyone exactly why he won his Gold Gloves, making a fantastic catch on a popup hit by Barry Bonds, robbing Bonds of what looked to be a bloop double. With two out and nobody on, Santiago singled. Andres Galarraga then doubled to score Santiago. The Giants caught a bad break when the umpires missed a blatant balk commited by Aaron Harang with Galarraga standing at second. To add insult to injury, Rich Aurilia then singled, but Galarraga, due to his calf injury, was unable to score.

Barry Bonds would later homer for the last Giants run.

Tejada drove in the last A's run when he flied out to left field with the bases loaded.'s Player of the Game: Cheers to Barry for the homer. And… that's about it.

Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at She can be reached by email at

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