Rewind: Giants vs Cubs, Game #2

Despite Damian Moss' valiant efforts the night before, the Cubs still managed to hang on for a 3-0 victory. Today, the Giants got even. With their All-Star ace on the mound, the Giants took game 2 of this three-game series in the Windy City.

July 30, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 6 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 4 0

WP J. Schmidt (11-6) 6IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 7SO 1HR 2.44 ERA
LP K. Wood (10-8) 6IP 3H 4R 4ER 4BB 9SO 1HR 3.49 ERA

With the two flamethrowers from each team going, it looked like it was going to be a low-scoring game. Any thoughts of that were immediately washed away in the top of the second. After a very quick first, Kerry Wood walked Barry Bonds. Andres Galarraga followed that up with a single. With one out, Jeffrey Hammonds, who was just called up, walked. This set up the stage for Edgardo Alfonzo's grand slam which gave the Giants a 4-0 lead.

The four runs would be enough, but when the Cubs came back with two in the bottom of the sixth off a Kenny Lofton two-run shot, the Giants decided to add a little insurance.

With two outs in the eighth, Marquis Grissom singled. Bonds then walked again. With two men on, Andres Galarraga doubled to score Grissom easily.

The bottom of the eighth was a tricky one; the Giants needed one pitcher for each out. It was one of the more peculiar displays of managing, but in the end it worked out.

San Francisco added one last run in the top of the ninth. With two out, Jose Cruz, Jr., pinch hitting for Matt Herges, walked. Ray Durham then followed that with another walk. Then, Rich Aurilia singled to score Cruz from second easily.

Tim Worrell came in to pitch the ninth. He allowed one run when Moises Alou singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Eric Karros then singled to advance Alou to third. Alou scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Amaris Ramirez. Worrell managed to strike out pinch hitter Troy O'Leary to secure San Francisco's 68th win of the season.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: No doubter here, Edgardo Alfonzo. He provided all the offense the Giants would really need today. Also, to the Giants pitching staff for yet another solid performance.

(Editor's note: SFDugout.com is pleased to share this game recap with CubsTalk.com, also of TheInsiders.com network).



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