Rewind: Phillies vs Giants, Game #2

The Giants crushed the Phillies 9-1 in the first part of the three-game series, and Philadelphia entered this game tied for the wild card race. They were hoping for a win to take a lead in the wild card race against their division rival, the Florida Marlins. Dustin Hermanson would be making his second start as a Giant.

August 9, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 8 11 1
San Francisco 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 10 1

WP T. Wendell (3-2) 2IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 0HR 2.05 ERA
LP J. Brower (7-3) 3IP 2H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K 2HR 4.02 ERA

The top of the first ended with a controversy. Bobby Abreu was called out on a very close play at first base to end the inning.

With two outs, Marquis Grissom ripped a double to deep left field. Vincentte Padilla walked Barry Bonds to allow for the possibility of a double play, but Edgardo Alfonzo hit a single to left, scoring Grissom and moving Bonds to third. Alfonzo was able to get to second because Pat Burrell threw a ball that was a bit off line and Todd Pratt failed to hold onto it.

Bonds scored on a passed ball and Alfonzo moved to third. Benito Santiago was walked, putting runners at first and third for Neifi Perez. Perez cleared the bases with a double, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. But the two-out rally would end there, as Cody Ransom grounded out to short.

The Phillies replied immediately. Jim Thome led off the top of the second with a solo shot to bring the game to 4-1. With two outs, Todd Pratt walked, and Tony Perez doubled to drive Pratt in.

The score stayed 4-2 until the bottom of the 6th. Dustin Hermanson was replaced by Scott Eyre with two outs in the top of the 6th. A certain first would help the Giants out. With two down, Ransom hit his first major league home run to expand the Giants lead to 5-2. Scott Eyre hit a single, and Jose Cruz Jr. walked, but J.T. Snow struck out to end any chance of further insurance.

With one out in the top of 7th, Scott Eyre gave up consecutive singles to Todd Pratt and pinch-hitter Jason Michaels. Relief pitcher Joe Nathan was able to get Marlon Byrd to fly out, but gave up an RBI single to Placido Polanco to make the Giants lead shrink to 5-3. The third Giants pitcher of the inning, Jason Christiansen, gave up a single into shallow center to Bobby Abreu, which drove in Michaels and put Polanco at third. But he was able to strike Thome out swinging to end the inning and leave the Giants with a lead.

In the top of the 8th, Pat Burrell tied the score with one swing of the bat.

The Giants did not get a single base runner in the 8th or 9th inning, so the game would go to the 10th.

Jim Brower was cruising. After getting Abreu out in the 10th, he had gotten seven batters out in order. But he broke the pattern and walked Thome. His wild pitch moved Thome to third, but that did not make a difference. Burrell hit his second home run of the game to give the Phillies their first lead of the game. Jimmy Rollins added to the damage with a home run of his own, making the score 8-5.

Bonds doubled off the wall to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Marvin Benard grounded out to second to move Bonds over to third. Santiago hit a sacrifice line-drive to make the game 8-6, but that left the Giants with two outs and the bases empty. The final score was 8-6.

The Giants bullpen hurt them tonight. Hermanson left the game with a 5-2 lead, yet the team lost 8-6.'s Player of the Game: Cody Ransom. This kid has never had much success in the major leagues, and he went 2 for 4 and got his first home run. Honorable mention goes to Edgardo Alfonzo. He's been raising his batting average through the months. On July 1st, he had a .229 batting average. It now stands at .251.

Jesse Radin writes for 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

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