Rewind: Braves vs Giants, Game #2

Barry Bonds greeted his team with a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning last night, ending the Giants six-game skid. Rookie Jesse Foppert took the mound for the Giants as they hoped to take the second game of their series against the Braves.

August 20, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 0

WP J. Nathan (8-3) 1IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 2.97 ERA
LP K. Gryboski (6-4) 1/3IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 0K 0HR 4.27 ERA

Jesse Foppert's first inning was a little rocky. Raphael Furcal beat out an infield single. With one out, Gary Sheffield doubled, putting runners on the corners for Chipper Jones. Foppert walked Chipper Jones, but luckily was able to get the next two batters out to diffuse any chance of an early rally.

In the top of the 3rd with one out, Gary Sheffield hit an infield single and stole second. Chipper Jones grounded out to move the runner up, and then Andruw Jones singled left to score Sheffield, putting the Braves on the board.

In the top of the 4th, Foppert showed some control problems. He walked two batters and struck out one, and in all cases got to a full count. He was relieved by Jim Brower.

No one scored until the bottom of the 8th. Benito Santiago hit a triple to left that hit the top of the wall in left field. Santiago and Giants manager Felipe Alou argued that was a home run, and Alou was ejected from the game. However, Andres Galarraga hit a shallow single to right, scoring Santiago and tying the game.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Giants began a one-out rally. Rich Aurilia started it with a bunt single. Marquis Grissom hit a single to right, moving Aurilia over to third. Barry Bonds was intentionally walked to load the bases. Neifi Perez ran for Rich Aurilia. Edgardo Alfonzo hit the game-winner; a single to center that drove in Perez.'s Player of the Game: Benito Santiago. He went 2-3 with a triple and a run scored. A big part of the game's offense. Honorable mention goes to Rich Aurilia for going 3-4. He didn't get any runs or RBIs, but he deserves some credit.

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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