Rewind: Pirates vs. Giants, Game #3

The San Francisco Giants entered the rubbermatch of a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates looking for their first series victory since July. They sent out a lineup of four regulars and five bench players to face former Giant Ryan Vogelsong, who squared off against rookie right-hander Jerome Williams.

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

WP S. Eyre (1-1) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K 0HR 3.15 ERA
LP B. Boehringer (5-3) 2IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K 1HR 5.67 ERA
S T. Worrell (25) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2K 0HR 2.06 ERA

After two and a half scoreless, the Giants took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third, three of the runs scoring after two were down in the inning. After Yorvit Torrealba and Cody Ransom led off with back-to-back singles, Jerome Williams laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. With one down, Vogelsong intentionally walked Jose Cruz, Jr., loading the bases for Jeffrey Hammonds. Vogelsong got ahead of Hammonds 0-1, but his next pitch hit Hammonds to drive in Torrealba from third. With one out and the bases still loaded, Pedro Feliz came up with a chance to drive in a run by making an out, but after a battle with Vogelsong, Feliz struck out looking and left it up to cleanup hitter JT Snow. Snow delivered, lining the first pitch he saw into right field to drive in two more runs and pick up Feliz. Edgardo Alfonzo followed Snow's base hit with a single of his own, plating Hammonds to put the Giants up 4-0.

The Pirates got two back in the top of the fourth on Jack Wilson's sixth home run of the year, a two-out, two-run shot deep into the left field bleachers. Wilson's home run was only the third that Williams has given up all season in 82 innings of work.

San Francisco extended their lead to three runs in the fifth on Snow's second two-out RBI hit of the day. Reliever Mark Corey walked the first two batters of the inning and then induced a double play ball off the bat of Feliz. Cruz went to third on the play and Snow drove him home with a line drive back up the middle.

However, Williams and reliever Matt Herges combined to give up the lead in the sixth. Brian Giles singled to lead it off and after a walk to the hot-hitting Reggie Sanders, scored on Randall Simon's single to right. Jose Hernandez went down swinging with runners on the corners, but a walk to Jack Wilson chased Williams from the game. Herges inherited a one-out, bases-loaded situation and allowed the Pirates' fourth run of the game to score when he dropped a dribbler back to the mound for a costly error, his first of the year. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then sacrificed Randall home to tie the game at five apiece, and with two down and two on, Tike Redman struck out on three pitches to end the inning.

The score remained tied until the Giants retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh off of right-hander Brian Boehringer. With Cruz at first base after a leadoff walk, Hammonds bunted two balls foul and then worked the count full. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, he smoked a challenge fastball just inside the left field foul pole for a two-run bomb.

The Giants' bullpen made the 7-5 lead stand as Joe Nathan mowed down the Pirates' 6-7-8 hitters for a shutout eighth. For the second time in the series, the Pirates brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning against closer Tim Worrell. With Redman on at second and Giles standing at first, Pittsburgh's hottest hitter stepped into the box with good lifetime numbers against Worrell. Coming into the at-bat, Sanders was 6-16 lifetime against him, and 8-20 overall in his past five games. However, with a 3-2 count on Sanders and the runners going, Worrell planted a fastball right on the inside corner for a called strike three to end the game.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Jeffrey Hammonds and JT Snow. Hammonds, starting in center field for Marquis Grissom, drove in what proved to be the game-winning runs for the San Francisco on his first home run in a Giant uniform. Snow, who has hit well in the clutch throughout his career and for the duration of the season, came through again with two-out run-scoring singles in both the third and the fifth innings. Overall, he went 2-3 with three runs batted in for the game.

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