Rewind: Giants vs Padres, Game #3

The San Francisco Giants flew to San Diego for a three-game set having won their last three series. They looked to improve upon their 5-1 season record against the Padres and take their fourth consecutive series before heading home to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 6, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 9 0
San Diego 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 7 0

WP F. Rodriguez (5-0) 0.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K 0HR 3.40 ERA
LP L. Hackman (2-2) 1.1IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 2K 0HR 3.88 ERA
S T. Worrell (20) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 1.57 ERA

Southpaw Damian Moss made his first start for the Giants in ten days, trying to pick up what would have been his first win in almost a month. He got into trouble immediately as Gary Matthews, Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a double to the center field wall. After a long fly ball out moved Matthews up a base, Moss got Rondell White to pop a ball up on the infield and then struck out hot-hitting first baseman Brian Buchanan to strand Matthews at third. Moss ran into more trouble in the second, walking leadoff batter Sean Burroughs, but with the help of a tidy 6-4-3 double play, he faced only three hitters in the inning. In the third, he again dug himself a hole, walking two before giving up a two-out RBI single to Rondell White. He gave up another single to load the bases before wriggling out of the inning with just the one run allowed.

Moss came up with a 1-2-3 fourth inning, but the fifth was a different story. He walked the leadoff batter for the third time in the game, this time issuing it to opposing starter Brian Lawrence. Then with one out, Moss walked Mark Loretta and hit White with a 2-2 fastball, loading the bases for Buchanan and Burroughs. After falling behind 2-0, Moss struck out Buchanan on three consecutive changeups on the outside part of the plate, but he walked Burroughs on four straight balls to plate the second San Diego run. The walk chased Moss from the game, and righty Jim Brower got the call. He jammed Xavier Nady on a 3-2 pitch and induced a slow roller to Edgardo Alfonzo, who picked up the ball and gunned it to first to beat Nady by a couple of inches.

The San Francisco offense, meanwhile, was not having much success against Lawrence. He gave up only one unearned run through the first five innings on an RBI groundout by Marquis Grissom. Tied at 1 after four complete, the Giants found themselves at a deficit when Moss walked in the go-ahead run in the fifth. However, Rich Aurilia put the Giants back even with a solo shot to left field leading off the sixth.

It became a battle of the bullpens, as both teams put up zeroes in the seventh and eighth. Brower, Joe Nathan, Scott Eyre, and Felix Rodriguez combined to throw three shutout innings for the Giants. The score remained tied until the ninth inning, Luther Hackman gave up back-to-back hits to Yorvit Torrealba and Neifi Perez. A two-out single by JT Snow untied it and gave San Francisco a one-run lead. Tim Worrell came on in the ninth inning and set down White, lefty slugger Ryan Klesko, and Sean Burroughs to record his 20th save of the season and nail down the Giants' fourth consecutive series victory.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Rich Aurilia, JT Snow, and the bullpen are all deserving. Aurilia hit a huge home run, his eighth of the season, to tie the score and put the momentum into the Giants' dugout. Snow came up with a clutch two-out hit to give the Giants the lead, and the bullpen didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings pitched to secure the victory for the Giants and send them home happy.



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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