Rewind: Giants vs Expos, Game #3

Sidney Ponson is winless as a Giant, but more importantly, the Giants themselves are winless against the Expos. In yet another game lacking the offense, the Giants needed their pitching to step up.

August 17, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 1
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 5 0

WP R. Biddle (4-5) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR 4.14 ERA
LP S. Ponson (0-3) 8 1/3IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K 0HR 4.03 ERA
S T. Worrell (5) 1/3IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR 2.30 ERA

The Giants were in desperate need for a win with most of their starting lineup injured, the division lead being trimmed, and being winless on this road trip after being one of the best road teams this season. They looked to Sidney Ponson to become their stopper against Montreal's Tomo Ohka.

The game started out well for the Giants as Jose Cruz, Jr. singled, and on a hit and run play, Pedro Feliz connected for a double over the head of center fielder, Endy Chavez. Cruz scored on the play and Feliz moved to third on a ground out by Marquis Grissom. Andres Galarraga and Jeffrey Hammonds walked to load the bases for Neifi Perez, who lined out to end the inning.

The Giants added to their 1-0 lead in the seventh as Cruz walked and Feliz doubled again. Grissom struck out and Edgardo Alfonzo was intentionally walked to set up the potential double play ground ball. Ohka threw a wild pitch that enabled Cruz to score the Giants' second run. Ohka was replaced by Hector El Monte after the wild pitch.

Things were going well for Ponson, who was pitching a three hit shut out until the bottom of the ninth. Ponson gave up a double and two walks, and with the bases loaded, Tim Worrell was summoned to close out the game and to get out of the worst inherited situation for a reliever. After striking out Wil Cordero on a full count, Worrell worked himself into another full count against Brad Wilkerson, where Wilkerson proceeded to hit a grand slam that ended the ballgame as the Giants' horrific nightmare continues.

Game Notes: J.T. Snow was placed on the 15-day DL today due to his ongoing groin problems.

SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Despite getting the loss, Sidney Ponson has shown all his critics in San Francisco that his midseason pick up was worth every penny. He threw an impressive shut out game until the ninth to give the offense-less Giants a chance to win. He continues to do what he's suppose to do, despite not having the Giants support him run-wise. Pedro Feliz played the offensive hero today with two doubles and an RBI.



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