Rewind: Giants vs Reds, Game #2

The Giants were bringing out Jesse Foppert once again, who had won his two most recent starts. San Francisco had gone into a two-game slide, including their heart-breaking loss against Cincinnati last night, and the Reds had won three consecutive games.

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

WP R. Wagner (1-0) 2IP 2H 2R 2ER 0BB 1K 2HR 2.25 ERA
LP F. Rodriguez (6-2) 1/3IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 0HR 3.59 ERA
S F. Heredia (1) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 2.60 ERA

The Giants were unable to get the ball out of the infield in the top of the first, but Barry Bonds led off the 2nd with a solo blast to give his team a 1-0 lead. They look poised for much more, when Edgardo Alfonzo and Benito Santiago hit consecutive singles. Jeffrey Hammonds smacked a double into left field, driving in Alfonzo and moving Santiago to third. But with runners and first and third and no one out, the next three hitters went down in order, leaving the Giants with a mere 2-0 lead.

Cincinnati cut into this lead when D'Angelo Jimenez hit a solo shot to right in the bottom of the 4th.

Kelly Stinnett led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left. Juan Castro then grounded a ball right back to Foppert, a potential double-play ball, but Foppert's throw to second sailed over the head of second baseman Neifi Perez and into center field for a costly error. Instead, Foppert had an errant throw, and all runners were safe. After Stinnett was forced out at third base on a failed bunt attempt by Hall, Foppert walked Jimenez. With the bases loaded, Ray Olmedo hit a bunt single, driving in Castro to tie the ballgame at two apiece. Sean Casey hit a two-run single to give the Reds a 4-2 lead. That was Foppert's cue to exit, and Matt Herges, recently acquired from San Diego, got the next two batters out to end the inning.

Santiago hit a solo shot in the sixth, and Andres Galarraga a pinch-hit homer in the seventh to tie the game up at 4 runs apiece.

But the Reds were not done yet. With one out, Jimenez got his second hit of the day, a single to left off of Friday night's losing pitcher Felix Rodriguez. Scott Eyre relieved Rodriguez and immediately gave up a single to Olmedo. After retiring Sean Casey on a popup, Eyre walked Adam Dunn. This put Barry Larkin in an exciting situation. Bases loaded, tie game. He didn't have to swing the bat to be the hero for the Reds, as he was walked to give the Reds a 5-4 lead.

The Giants had a two-on, one-out situation in the 8th, but they failed to score. The game ended with the score of 5-4.

Sadly, this game was a setback for Foppert. While it doesn't show up in his record as loss, he pitched very poorly. He didn't make it through the 5th inning, and he gave up six hits and two walks. A bright spot would be his five strikeouts, but overall, this game was a step backwards for the young pitcher.

This game showcased the weak relief pitching on both teams. Hall pitched well enough to win, and left the game with the lead. But Ryan Wagner stole Hall's win and kept it for himself by pitching poorly. Giving up two solo home runs allowed him to win, because he left with the final lead. After Foppert's early departure, the Giant bullpen gave up the lead for the second consecutive night

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Benito Santiago. He had his first decent game since he came back from the DL. He hit a home run, and had two hits overall. Benito is back!



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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