Rewind: A's vs Giants, Game #3

The word in the minds of all Giants fans is "sweep." That's what the Giants were hoping for while sending rookie, Jesse Foppert to the mound. A complete game shutout pitched by Jerome Williams on Friday and then a thrilling comeback and win in extra innings on Saturday. A sweep wouldn't be easy though, as the A's start southpaw, Mark Mulder.

June 29, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 11 0
San Francisco 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0

WP M. Mulder (11-5) 7IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K 0HR 3.25 ERA
LP J. Foppert (4-7) 4IP 4H 2R 2ER 2BB 4K 0HR 4.94 ERA

Giants fans broke out the brooms today wanting to see the Giants sweep the A's in the last series of interleague play. Giants sent out 22-year-old right-handed pitcher, Jesse Foppert to the mound. Foppert struggled in his last two starts, fortunately today's start wasn't as bad, though he did get the loss.

Foppert seem to run into some difficulty in his first couple innings of the game, but was able to get out of jams giving up only two runs. In the second inning, with runners on first and third and only one out, A's starter Mark Mulder, hit a sacrifice fly to left bringing in Terrence Long from third. Eric Byrnes hit a double to right center, which drove in another run.

Mulder pitched through seven innings only giving up six hits and one earned run. That run came in the bottom of the third. Former A, Ray Durham hit a triple to right and scored off a sacrifice off the bat of Neifi Perez.

Foppert settled down, and pitched for two more innings. He threw 96 pitches, and left the game with the Giants trailing 2-1.

Chad Zerbe started off the fifth, in relief of Foppert, and with the count 2-1 to Byrnes hit a jack into center giving the A's a two run lead on the Giants. The A's continued to bring in another two runs in the game, as the score was 5-1.

Well it was 5-1 until the bottom of the eighth. Francisco Santos came in the game as a pinch hitter for Jason Christiansen. With two outs and no runners on base, Santos hit his first roundtripper to right field against A's reliever Jim Mecir. It looked like it was going to be foul, but looks can be deceiving as the ball barely stayed fair and a fan up in the arcade level made an awesome catch.

The score remained 5-2, and the A's were able to salvage one game in this series, avoiding the sweep.

Game Notes: The big story of the game was left fielder Eric Byrnes, who went 5-5 and hit for the cycle – the 16th player in franchise history to do so. He singled in the first, doubled in the second and seventh, homered in the fifth, and tripled in the ninth.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Ray Durham. He doubled and tripled off of Mark Mulder. The triple eventually put him in a position to easily score off the sacrifice from Perez, giving the Giants their first run of the game. And how can we forget Francisco Santos. You get your first jack of the season, you should get the honor of being a player of the game. Though we do usually pick Giants as our players of the game - because despite losses there is always one player that sticks out- I will give an honorable mention to Eric Byrnes. He hit for the cycle, and that is always an awesome achievement that deserves recognition.



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