Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #1

Though the Giants had built a massive lead over second-place Arizona, the Diamondbacks are still in contention in the crazy Wild Card race. And so, the division rivals go head-to-head in a four game series hosted by the Snakes.

August 29, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 0
Arizona 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 x 5 11 0

WP M. Batista (9-7) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 4SO 0HR 3.0 ERA
LP K. Rueter (7-5) 4IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 2SO 0HR 4.72 ERA
S M. Mantei (21) 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 2SO 1HR 2.44 ERA

Kirk Rueter, making his return from the DL, was horribly shaky. In 4+ innings, the veteran lefty gave up 5 earned runs and had to throw 91 pitches. Rueter, usually dependable for 15 wins each year, is now 7-5 with a 4.73 ERA.

The Giants drew first blood against Arizona's starter, Miguel Batista, in the top of the second. Jeffrey Hammonds walked to lead the inning off. Then with one out, Benito Santiago doubled to score Hammonds, and later scored on another double hit by Andres Galarraga.

Raul Mondesi, a former Dodger, was truly a Giants-killer tonight. He went 1-3 with 2 walks, but scored 2 runs. His one hit was a double in the bottom of the second. Danny Bautista singled to score Mondesi.

Hammonds, who has been having a great road trip, continued his hitting ways. In the top of the third, Grissom hit a one out single. Hammonds slammed one down the third baseline for a double. With Grissom running on the pitch, he scored easily, making it 3-1 in favor of the Giants.

That would be all Batista would allow. He went 6 innings, striking out four, and allowing 3 earned runs to earn his 8th victory of the year.

Arizona went grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run outburst. Batista singled to lead the inning off and advanced to third when Matt Kata doubled. Then with two outs, Mondesi walked. Shea Hillenbrand then poked one into right field to score Batista and Kata. Spivey followed with a single of his own to score Mondesi from second.

They added another run in the fifth when Spivey singled to score Alex Cintron.

The only bright spot for the Giants tonight was Galarraga's ninth inning homer, the 396th of his illustrious career.'s Player of the Game: The Big Cat, just for that homer. He's only four shy of 400 and hopefully, he'll be able to reach it this season!

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