Rewind: Giants vs Rockies, Game #1

Winning just one game at Coors Field this season, the Giants look to get a head start and to hope for Jesse Foppert to come around. The Rockies are the best home team and the Giants are the best road team, and it was definitely a showdown today in Colorado.

July 9, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 10 0
Colorado 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 x 11 12 0

WP A. Cook (3-6) 6 1/3IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 6.00 ERA
LP J. Foppert (5-8) 2 2/3IP 5H 8R 4ER 3BB 5SO 1HR 5.49 ERA

The Giants sent rookie Jesse Foppert to the mound once again in hopes of him finding his rhythm. The Rockies counter with another struggling young arm, Aaron Cook.

The Giants got on the board early as a J.T. Snow single hit hard off the glove of first baseman, Todd Helton. Marquis Grissom followed with his own single into right field where Snow was able to run himself to third base. Barry Bonds collected his 55th RBI of the season with a single that scored Snow. Cook then gave up a walk to Jose Cruz, Jr.,loading the bases. With two outs, Rich Aurilia popped out to end the inning and potential threat by the Giants.

The Rockies came back in the bottom of the inning as Foppert had yet another rough start. He gave up a back-to-back lead off singles to Mark Bellhorn and Chris Stynes. Preston Wilson followed with another single where Bellhorn scored and Larry Walker doubled to the right field corner where Stynes and Wilson scored. With Walker on second, Jay Payton singled him home, giving the Rockies a 1-4 edge.

In the top of the second inning, the Giants were mounting a comeback. Cook led off the inning by hitting Edgardo Alfonzo with a pitch. Ray Durham doubled to drive in Alfonzo. Durham was able to advance a base on a wild pitch. Snow grounded out and Durham scored on the play, getting the Giants closer at 3-4.

Foppert really lost focus in the third inning as he started the inning by hitting Helton with a pitch. He then walked Wilson and threw away a wild pitch, allowing both base runners to advance to second and third. Foppert got Payton in a two-strike count and Payton swung and missed for strike three, but the pitch was too close in the dirt for Benito Santiago to dig out. The ball bounced to the backstop where Payton got on board safely and Helton scored. Juan Uribe nailed the coffin on Foppert by driving a hanging curveball into the bleachers for a three run shot, expanding the Rockies' lead to 3-8. After Foppert walked Cook, he was removed from the game and replaced by lefty Chad Zerbe, who retired the next batter he faced to end the inning.

Cook recovered from his shaky start and kept the Giants off the scoreboard through most of the game. Zerbe also pitched well until the sixth inning, where he gave up a triple to Helton and Wilson singled to bring Helton in.

The Giants needed runs and they needed them quick. In the seventh, they were looking to comeback as rookie Alberto Castillo doubled over the left field fence in his first major league at-bat of the season. Snow doubled to knock Castillo in and Grissom had another single. Bonds came to the plate and jacked his 640th career shot above the scoreboard, where a fan helped out by catching the line drive roundtripper. Bonds made the game exciting again, and gave the Giants a chance and life again with the score at 7-9.

Scott Eyre came into the game in the eighth inning and gave up two runs, which was not character-like of him. This gave the Rockies a 7-11 edge and the Giants were never able to come back.

Game Notes: The Giants place Kirk Rueter on the DL and brought up Brian Powell to be in the starting rotation. Powell will be starting in tomorrow's get away game in Colorado. Today was Bonds' first homerun at Coors Field this season.

SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: It must be frustrating to be Barry Bonds and not have a homerun at Coors Field for the season. Well, it was about that time. Barry hit a bomb right into the bleachers, and gave the Giants another chance to catch up. J.T. Snow had a good offensive day, going 2-4 with two RBIs and scoring two runs. Tipped hats to Chad Zerbe who came into the game to bail Foppert out of trouble again, only giving up one run in his three and one third innings of work. Jason Christiansen also had a good 1-2-3 outing. Good job to Alberto Castillo, getting his first major league hit with a demanding double that bounced over the wall.



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