Rewind: Giants vs A's, Game #3

The final game at Network Associates Park in Oakland had all the drama and significance of a September series. A capacity crowd trying to get under it's own skin because of the regional rivalry, 2 teams trying to keep their shaky positioning in tact, and beautiful weather.

June 22, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
Oakland 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 7 0

WP T. Lilly (5-5) 5IP 9H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K 1HR 4.69 ERA
LP C. Zerbe (0-1) 3IP 21H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K 1HR 4.63 ERA
S K. Foulke (19) 1P 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 2.50 ERA

Jesse Foppert was handed the hide today to keep the momentum from the previous night when Giants rookie, Jerome Williams, shamed the A's with 6-1/3 innings of superb dealing. Foppert showed the crowd of 55,413 the other side of rookie life: being dealt.

Foppert lasted just 2 innings, giving up five runs, four hits and three walks. Ted Lilly lasted slightly longer by tossing 5 innings. Both starting pitchers were off their game to begin with, but it didn't help that home plate umpire Tim Timmons forgot about the MLB directive to call the high strike.

Pedro Feliz moved the Giants ahead 5-2 when hit a 3-run hot potato over the center field wall to break apart a 2-2 tie. Scott Hatteberg and Eric Byrnes got on base in the blink of an eye, and it took Miguel Tejadas' 3-run game-typing home run just as much time to get out of the park. Filepe Alou pulled the mercy switch and replaced Foppert with lefty reliever Chad Zerbe who promptly left a pitch up to baseball's most prolific DH Eurbeil Durazo. Score: 6-5.

With so much ball-whacking going on, the fan in the stands would expect Coors Field numbers by the end of the game. That would be it for the scoring. The remaining 6 innings would be marred with bad base running, clutch pitching, and sparkling defense.

Andreas Galarraga (who is commanding first base while J.T. Snow rests his pulled groin on the DL), not only made several amazing-for-his-age picks at the bag, but also factored into what could have been a lesson learned for A's scouts on walking Bonds in the 9th inning to get to the next batter.

With 2 out in the 9th inning, Bonds came to the plate. A's skipper Ken Macha was no fool and walked Bonds on 4 wide ones. Closer Keith Foulke went after Galarraga and nearly paid the piper when the Big Cat's scorching fly ball down the left field line nearly left the building. It was not to be as Chris Singleton tracked the ball down in foul territory to end the game.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: It's gotta be Pedro Feliez again, for the second time in as many days. One day opposing pitchers will not throw to him like some banjo-swinging youngster. The more he bats the further the ball goes. Every time he takes the field it makes the decision easier for Giants ownership to cut ties with Marvin Bernard at the end of the season. I also have to give the daily handshake to Andreas Galarraga. He has to be the coolest cat alive. What else does he have to prove? He beat cancer, and he can beat your team on any given day. Even anemic A's color analyst Ray Fosse would have a hard time giving him a stupid nickname that ends in Y.



Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for SFDugout.com. He also sits up late at night trying to find a way to become a clever sports writer. He can be praised or berated at jtnunes@yahoo.com

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