Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #3

The Giants were looking for a sweep against the Dodgers tonight, and they were pitting Damian Moss against Giant-killer Hideo Nomo (8-1) in career against Giants.

June 25, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 16 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

WP H. Nomo (9-6) 7IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 7K 0HR 2.41 ERA
LP D. Moss (7-6) 2IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 0K 1HR 4.92 ERA

Damian Moss started the game off well, getting Dave Roberts and Cesar Izturis to line out. But Paul Lo Duca hit a single to shallow right field. Moss had Shawn Green with an 0-2 count, but he threw three consecutive balls, and then lost his grip on one, hitting Green.

He also got Mike Kinkade in an 0-2 count, but hit him as well, loading the bases. Ron Coomer grounded out to second to end the threat.

However, Moss's first inning really set the tone for the game. With one out in top of the second, he gave up a single to Jolbert Cabrera, and stepped off the rubber to throw the ball to first in a pickoff attempt. His balk allowed Cabrera to advance to second. Hideo Nomo, the starter for the Dodgers, was walked by Moss with a full count. Dave Roberts hit a basic line-drive single to center field, loading the bases.

Izturis hit a single into right, driving in Cabrera, and keeping the bases loaded.

However, the Giants got a stroke of luck (or good planning) when Paul Lo Duca hit a bouncing ball to third where Alfonzo stepped on the bag for a force, and threw a ball to first, which Galarraga scooped up. Double play. The Dodgers only got one run in the inning.

In the bottom of the second, with one out, Andres Galarraga doubled to left-center. Rich Aurilia had a full count, and Nomo threw a pitch that Aurilia thought was a ball. He began walking down to first base. However, the umpire called it a strike, and an angry Aurilia was sent back to the dugout. Jose Cruz Jr actually did walk, but the mini-rally was crushed when Yorvit Torrealba hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The third inning was the inning of the Dodgers. Green hit a ground ball to the left of the diving Durham, which rolled into shallow center. He put on the gas and stretched it into a double. Kinkade hit a line-drive single to left. Green did not try to score, and runners were on the corners with no one out for Coomer.

Coomer took advantage of the situation handed to him, hitting an RBI single to drive in Green. With three consecutive hits, the Dodgers were up 2-0.

But that would not be all. Adrian Beltre made it so. He belted a home-run into the bleachers in left-center. 5-0, and no one was out in the inning.

Jim Brower manned the ship for the Giants, replacing Moss. Despite giving up a double to Cabrera, Brower was able to get three consecutive outs to end the inning. He pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out three as well.

In the bottom of the sixth, Santos (infamous for his mysterious name and age change) hit a leadoff double, but was stranded there.

Chad Zerbe relieved Brower, giving up a two-out homer to Kinkade, and loading the bases after that, but got Nomo out to keep the Dodgers from scoring more than the one run.

The score remained 6-0 thereafter, and the Giants fell to just one game ahead of their adversaries.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: In a game without much to commend, Jim Brower gets the thumbs up. He pitched four solid innings, really helping the Giants out. Without him, the Giants bullpen staff would have become even more tired out from this ordeal.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com 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 electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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