Rewind: Rockies vs Giants, Game #2

The Giants snatched game one of the four-game series against the Rockies, and today they sent Jim Brower, making his third start, against Darren Oliver. Brower, coming off a horrible start against Arizona, came back to pitch six shutout innings to earn his sixth win of the year.

July 18, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
San Francisco 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 x 7 12 0

WP J. Brower (6-2) 6IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 7K 0HR 4.04 ERA
LP D. Oliver (7-6) 5IP 9H 6R 6ER 1BB 0K 1HR 4.95 ERA

From the first pitch on, Jim Brower was in the zone. In six innings of work, the durable righty threw 95 pitches, facing 22 batters. He struck out seven and issued only one walk, Todd Helton in the sixth.

Rockies starter Darren Oliver wasn't quite so lucky. After two fairly quick innings of work, Oliver struggled slightly in the bottom of the third. With one out, Ray Durham doubled. Pedro Feliz, starting in place of Edgardo Alfonzo, then hit his ninth homer of the season out to center field to give the Giants a 2-run advantage.

For a long while, that seemed to be the only scoring that would happen. But then, in the sixth, the Giants got something started when Marquis Grissom led off the inning with a clean single to center field. Barry Bonds then dumped one into left field, just a few feet fair. Jose Cruz, Jr. then came up to bat with men on second and third and nobody out. The Rockies opted to intentionally walk the switch-hitter.

After Oliver issued the intentional walk, he was lifted in favor of Steve Reed. Rich Aurilia, who has been slowly warming up, then hit his first triple of year to clear the bases. Andres Galarraga then quickly followed that up with a RBI-single. Yorvit Torrealba then grounded out to first but allowed Galarraga to advance to second.

Tony Torcato, who had been recalled just the day before, was sent in to pinch hit for Brower. Torcato hit the second pitch he saw to the gap in left center for a double, scoring Galarraga to cap off the five-run rally. v And that would be all the scoring done. After Brower blanked the Rockies for six innings, Jason Christiansen, Joe Nathan, and Felix Rodriguez combined for three shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and one walk while striking out 5.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Yay for Jim Brower! After that abysmal start in Arizona, Brower bounced back for a brilliant stint against the Rockies. I would also like to give a mention to Rich Aurilia for his RBI triple. If the Giants want to get anywhere, they are going to need production from the left side of the infield, and it looks like things have started off on the right foot for Aurilia and Alfonzo in the second half.



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