Rewind: Rockies vs Giants, Game #1

After completing a road trip with a 5-2 record in low scoring games, the Giants came home to continue what they left off. Pitching was strong, the defense was impressive, another Giant officially became a big leaguer, and hits were just timely enough for the Giants to wedge by.

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

WP M. Herges (3-2) 2/3IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.87 ERA
LP A. Bernero (0-2) 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 1HR 4.29 ERA
S T. Worrell (33) 1IP 0H 0R ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.24 ERA

Twenty-three year old Kevin Correia was summoned again to start in place of the injured Dustin Hermanson. This time, Correia went against former closer, Jose Jimenez.

The Giants got on the board first, as Barry Bonds got two nice standing ovations in his first at-bat at Pac Bell Park after the passing of his father, once when he was announced, and the second time when he doubled off the left field wall. Benito Santiago grounded out to move Bonds to third, and that brought birthday boy, Rich Aurilia, to the plate. Aurilia singled for his forty-eighth RBI by driving Bonds in.

Larry Walker single-handedly tied the game with a solo jack in the fifth, which was also the first hit Correia gave up.

The rookie got into a jam in the sixth as Chris Stynes hit a one out double to left centerfield. With the two Colorado hot hitters due up, Correia was tested. He continued to own Todd Helton by getting him to flyout to shallow left, and then proceeded to leave the game on a good note by fanning Jay Payton.

Jason Christiansen came in for relief in the seventh for one-third of an inning and was replaced by Matt Herges after giving up two singles to Rene Reyes and Gregg Zaun.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants jumped ahead as Pedro Feliz led off the inning with a hot potato shot into the left field bleachers against Adam Bernero.

Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless eighth, and Tim Worrell entered the game in the ninth to collect his 33rd save of the season.

Game Notes: Rich Aurilia had his 20th career 4-hit game... Ray Durham made a pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh and popped out, but stayed in the game to play second base.'s Players of the Game: Happy Birthday, Rich Aurilia! A player delivers every time it's his birthday, and Aurilia wasn't about to let this opportunity pass him by. He celebrated his 32nd birthday bash with four singles and an RBI. Pedro Feliz drove in what proved to be the game- winning run, and Kevin Correia's pitching cannot be overlooked. The bullpen also did a great job in relief with three strong innings of work in a tight ballgame.

Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at

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