Rewind: Giants vs Reds, Game #1

The Giants were coming off a loss. They were still in first place, but a win would have been nice. They didn't get one. Instead, they got their first taste of a hitter's ballpark, and a very changed team. The Giants offense suffered, and the defense wasn't too hot either. Runners in scoring position could not score, the bullpen couldn't seem to hold the Reds. It was one of those all-around "bad days"that everybody hears about, but everybody hopes that they will never experience firsthand.

August 1, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 10 2
Cincinnati 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 x 5 8 1

WP C. Reitsma (9-3) 1 2/3IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 4.27 ERA
LP F. Rodriguez(6-1) 1/3IP 1H 2R 2ER 1BB 0SO 1HR 3.42 ERA

This game can be summed up into three words. "No." "YES!" "NO!!!" In that exact order.

The game started out as a pitcher's battle. Williams was absolutely stunning in his first two innings. In fact, he racked up a career-high 9 strikeouts in this game. However, racking up strikeouts didn't stop Williams from being "dinked to death" by the Reds, who have undergone a massive personnel facelift in the past few weeks. Reds starter Paul Wilson went strong, despite giving up hits, escaping with the help of some advantageous double-plays.

The Reds broke up Williams perfection early with a series of hits and errors. First up in the bottom of the third, Barry Larkin hit a sharp line drive home run. The next batter, Casey, struck out, but Dunn scored a hit off the rookie. The catcher, LaRue, was hit by a pitch, and Wily Mo Pena hit an RBI single to score Dunn. Mateo hit a single, which Edgardo Alfonzo threw back to the plate, but Benito Santiago couldn't handle and resulted in a runner scoring an error on the catcher. The next two batters, Wilson and Jiminez, went down comparatively quietly.

The game progressed without much action and no more runs until the seventh, when Pedro Feliz hit a pinch-hit homer with Jose Cruz on base, making the score 3-2 Reds.

In the eighth came a botched call by the plate umpire, with one out, in which Marquis Grissom struck out, but it was called a foul ball instead, which kept Grissom alive, and he eventually singled. Bonds singled afterwards. After Galarraga struck out, Santiago redeemed himself by hitting an RBI single, his first hit of the road trip. It was the only Giants hit with a runner in scoring position on a very cold day for the Giants offense. The inning ended with a groundout by Alfonzo.

Unfortunately, the Giants couldn't seem to hold the Reds to a 3-3 tie. Jason Christiansen came into the bottom of the eighth, sitting down Casey and Dunn on groundouts. The trouble came when Felix Rodriguez entered the game. He walked LaRue and gave up a 2-run homer to Castro, the replacement third-baseman, in an attempt to blow the fastball by him instead of going with Santiago's request for the off-speed pitch.

The Giants could not recover in the ninth.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz gets the call tonight, for his first pinch-hit homerun that kept the Giants in the game and revitalized the bench. Without his offensive efforts, the Giants would have been unable to tie, but unfortunately, they fell behind yet again. Also props to Jerome Williams, who, on the Reds' call, had to take off his puka shell necklace given to him by his mother Deborah, who died three years ago of breast cancer.



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