Rewind: Rockies vs Giants, Game #1

San Francisco opened the second half of the season against the Rockies. They start an eleven game homestand with struggling Australian lefty, Damian Moss, on the mound, who went up against Jason Jennings of Colorado.

July 17, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 10 3
San Francisco 0 3 0 2 3 0 0 0 x 8 12 2

WP D. Moss (8-6) 5IP 6H 2R 2ER 2BB 5SO 0HR 4.99 ERA
LP J. Jennings (9-7) 4IP 9H 8R 7ER 2BB 1SO 0HR 4.94 ERA

Moss gave the Rockies an early gift in the game as he gave up a lead off walk to Ron Belliard, and then enabled him to take second base on a wild pitch. After Chris Stynes grounded out and Belliard took third, Todd Helton continued his perfect record against Moss by grounding a single up the middle with Belliard scoring on the play.

Jennings led off the second inning by walking Barry Bonds. Jose Cruz, Jr. then hit a solid single to right field. With runners on first and second, Rich Aurilia doubled down the third baseline to drive in Bonds from second, tying the game at one. With no outs and runners on second and third, Edgardo Alfonzo hit a hard single that bounced off the glove of Belliard, scoring Cruz and Aurilia. The Giants missed a golden opportunity with one out and runners on first and third. Ray Durham hit a slow chopper to second, where Belliard fielded the ball and where Moss ran right into Belliard and right into an inning ending double play, erasing the run that would have scored if the inning continued.

The Giants added to their slim lead in the fourth with a lead off double by Aurilia. Alfonzo followed with a single and Moss lent a helping hand to give himself a chance for a win by bunting Alfonzo over to second with Aurilia on third. Durham grounded to Juan Uribe, but the shortstop overthrew to first, allowing Aurilia and Alfonzo to score.

Colorado got one of those runs back in the fifth inning with a Helton single, a Preston Wilson double, and a ground out by Larry Walker.

The Giants really broke the game open in their half of the fifth inning. Marquis Grissom hit an infield single and stole second base with Bonds at the plate. Bonds followed with his own infield single, and with runners on first and third, Jennings was not able to get another out from the Giants. He gave up another single to Cruz that brought Grissom home and chased Jennings out of the game. Happy birthday, Jason. Reliever Adam Bernero made his Rockies debut only to allow Aurilia to slice a slider up the middle for a single and to pick up another RBI. On a wild pitch, Cruz and Aurilia took second and third base. Yorvit Torrealba flied out deep to left field as Cruz tagged to score the Giants' eighth run of the game.

The Rockies got two more runs in the seventh as Helton went to left field with a double off Scott Eyre to score Stynes, who was walked by Joe Nathan. Walker hit a hard grounder to Aurilia, who dropped the ball and was unable to get anyone out. On the error, Helton scored, but Helton would have scored from third base regardless because there were no outs. With still no outs in the inning, Matt Herges was summoned to make his debut as a Giant. The Giants' defense continued to scramble more as a grounder hit to Durham was dropped, but Durham was able to get the middle runner out. Both Aurilia and Durham were anxious to get the double play on both errors, but the inning ultimately ended on a double play grounder hit by Charles Johnson.

The Giants continued to get the very much needed offensive production from the left side of the infield as Aurilia got on base for the fourth time in the game with a walk and Alfonzo followed with his third hit of the game in the seventh inning, but the Giants were unable to gain anything from this opportunity.

Tim Worrell came into the game to close it out for the Giants in the ninth and to face the heart of the Rockies' lineup in Helton, Wilson, and Walker. He struck Helton out, got Wilson to fly out with some glove help from Cruz, and made Walker look bad by striking him out swinging.

Game Notes: Colorado All-Star Todd Helton has a perfect record against Damian Moss. The Giants placed catcher, Benito Santiago, on the DL.

SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Richie is BACK! Aurilia went 3-3 with two doubles, a single, and a walk and was responsible for half of the Giants' runs, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Edgardo Alfonzo also performed wonderfully on both the offensive and defensive ends. Matt Herges gave the Giants a great performance in his debut as a Giant, showing off his ability to strike batters out and to get the double play ball. Welcome to the team, buddy. Tipped hats to Tim Worrell for going through the best of Colorado with no trouble at all.



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