Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #2

The Giants were looking to extend their lead in the NL West by six games. But they knew it wasn't going to be easy with the return of Curt Schilling today.

July 12, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 8 8 1
Arizona 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2

WP J. Williams (5-1) 6IP 2H 1R 0ER 3BB 7SO 0HR 2.64 ERA
LP C. Schiling (4-4) 6IP 6H 5R 4ER 2BB 5SO 2HR 3.27 ERA

The Giants sent up rookie Jerome Williams in the mound against veteran right-hander Curt Schilling. Williams looked like anything but a rookie today, winning his fifth straight start. The 21-year-old allowed no earned runs, walked two, and struck out seven. Through the six innings he pitched, he gave up two hits - he gave up the first hit in the fifth.

Schilling had quite a different start. This was his first game since his start since May 30 when he broke his right hand. Schilling gave up five runs, four of which were earned, six hits, walked two and struck out five.

The Giants got on the board early, when Ray Durham hit his 4th jack of the season. No runs were added to the score until the top of the fourth. Barry Bonds hit a solo homer to right center field, his 30th of the season– his fifth roundtripper in five consecutive games. Bonds is also 17 homers away from tying his godfather, Willie Mays.

The sixth inning was a wild one. Schilling plunks Bonds in the right-upper arm with the first pitch, as if he just didn't want to have anything to do with Bonds. Jose Cruz Jr drew a walk and with one out, Edgardo Alfonzo hit an RBI single – moving Cruz down to third. Yorvit Torrealba hit one right back up the mound to Schilling, who caught Cruz in a rundown between third and home. Schilling threw the ball to the third baseman, Craig Counsell, and would crash into Cruz. This was called interference and Cruz was sent home. The score was now 5-1.

The Giants continued to consistently bring in runs throughout the later innings of the game. In the top of the seventh, Marquis Grissom hit an infield single which was his 2,000th hit of his career. He eventually scored off a two-double hit by Barry Bonds, extending the Giants lead 7-1.

The Giants tacked on another run in the eighth, when J.T. Snow, with two out and a runner on third, hit the ball right to first, but was safe on an error by Carlos Baerga. Torrealba, who was at third, scored on this play making the score 8-1 Giants.

The Diamondbacks got their only run in the game in the fifth. Williams had loaded the bases by walking one and giving up two hits. With two outs, Williams ended up walking in a run, but that was all the Diamondbacks could get as he struck out Matt Kata to end the inning.

Game Notes: J.T. Snow committed his third error of the season, all which are against Arizona. Jerome Williams has allowed only two runs in his last four starts, two of which are complete games.'s Player of the Game: Jerome Williams. When he's pitching out there, he doesn't seem to look like a 21-year-old rookie. He did a phenomenal job against the Diamondbacks. Even with the bases loaded, he managed to successfully get out of the jam with just walking one run. He's been so consistent on the mound. Good job kid, good job.

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