Rewind: Dbacks vs Giants, Game #1

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in town for a four game series against the San Francisco Giants. To begin the series, they send rookie Jerome Williams to the mound, who has been outstanding while holding a five game winning streak.

July 21, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 7 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 x 5 7 2

WP C. Zerbe (1-1) 1/3IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 4.42 ERA
LP E. Dessens (5-7) 5 2/3IP 5H 5R 5ER 4BB 6SO 0HR 5.26 ERA

Jerome Williams made his 10th major league start today, facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Elmer Dessens. Williams started off the game by allowing only one walk in the first four innings. The first hit of the game came off the bat of Luis Gonzalez, in the fourth. Gonzalez doubled to deep right, advancing Kata, who had previously drawn a walk, to third. With no one out, Shea Hillenbrand put the ball in play. Unfortunately, third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo couldn't handle it and Kata scored. The Dbacks drove in another run, giving them a 2-0 lead. Williams showed that he could deal with the situation by striking out two and getting the pitcher to ground out with the bases loaded.

The wide strike zone baffled the Giants, but they finally got on the board in the fifth. The red-hot Rich Aurilia singled to left with one out. Alfonzo followed with a single to left and Aurilia moved to third. Yorvit Torrealba grounded out to third, scoring Aurilia. It was now 2-1, Diamondbacks.

Williams stumbled into some trouble yet again in the sixth. The bases were loaded and Quinton McCracken grounded out to third, bringing in Hillenbrand and advancing the runners. Williams gave Lyle Overbay a free pass to first, loading up the bases again. Instead of leaving in Williams to face Craig Counsell, Chad Zerbe came in relief. He threw two pitches and got Counsell to line out to left. The Dbacks had extended their lead 4-1.

The Giants didn't give up and as soon as it was their turn at the plate, they were ready to bring in some runs. J.T. Snow, who was 1-2 with 2 walks in the night, singled to center. Snow moved to third on a double by Marquis Grissom, who was back in the lineup despite yesterday's injury. Dessens loaded up the bases by walking Barry Bonds, in order to face Jose Cruz Jr. in hopes he'd hit into a double play. Instead, Cruz struck out and Aurilia had a chance to collect some RBIs. That is exactly what Aurilia did. With two outs, Aurilia singled to center. Snow and Grissom scored and Bonds moved to second. Alfonzo also drew a walk, loading the bases for Torrealba. Oscar Villarreal came in relief of Dessens and faced Torrealba. On the first pitch, Torrealba singled to left driving in two more runs to give the Giants the 5-4 lead.

The Giants' bullpen - Jason Christensen, Scott Eyre, and Tim Worrell - successfully shut down the Dbacks for the rest of the game. The Giants have now won their last five games.

Game Notes: Tim Worrell got his 22nd save in 26 opportunities. Edgardo Alfonzo injured his middle finger on his right hand, however he did stay in the game with it taped up until the 9th.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Rich Aurilia. He's been hot since the All-Star Break. He's batting .555 (10-18) in his last five games. The other player of the game, Yorvit Torrealba. The two brought in all the runs of the game – Aurilia with two, and Torrealba with three. An honorable mention goes out to Edgardo Alfonzo, who is continuing his 10 game hitting streak. Jerome Williams did a great job. Sure, he got into some jams in a couple innings, but he got out with less damage than there could have been. Also, another great job by the bullpen, they continue to get out of the tough innings and bring in another win for the Giants.



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