Rewind: Brewers vs Giants, Game #2

Sir Sidney Ponson made his eighth start for San Francisco and looked to hopefully help the Giants bring down that magic number to five. Unfortunately, a couple of two-run homers off the bat of Richie Sexon made it a bit difficult.

September 13, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 7 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 12 1

WP D. Davis (3-1) 7IP 9H 3R 3ER 4BB 2SO 2HR 2.25 ERA
LP S. Ponson (3-4) 6IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 3SO 2HR 3.37 ERA
S D. Kolb (18) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 1SO 2HR 1.95 ERA

The Milwaukee Brewers immediately got on the board when the game began. With one out, Keith Ginter doubled into left field and advanced to third on a ground out by Brady Clark. Richie Sexon then came up to the plate and with a 2-2 count, he hit a two-run homer to centerfield.

Ponson managed to retire the Brewers batters in the next few innings, but seemed to have trouble getting Sexson to head back into the dugout. In the fourth inning, Clark singled to right and with Sexson up, he stole second – his twelfth stolen bag of the season. Sexson then hit his second two-run homer of the season again to center field giving the Brewers a 4-0 lead.

Matt Herges relieved Ponson in the 7th inning. Herges breezed through the 7th but ran into trouble in the eighth. Scott Podesdnik put the ball in play and was safe at first on a throwing error by Eric Young, who played second base in today's game. Ginter singled to right, allowing Podsednik to advance over to third. With no outs, Clark grounded into a double play, however Podsednik was able to score from third. Herges proceeded to walk the next two batters. Chad Zerbe then relieved him, which was part of a double switch, as Todd Linden took over right field. Zerbe got Mark Smith to fly out to left to end the inning.

The Brewers pitcher, Doug Davis, kept the Giants from scoring any runs, until the eighth inning. In that inning, Barry Bonds was the first batter he faced. On the first pitch, Bonds hit a homer deep into McCovey Cove, his 27th career splash hit, 41st of the season, and six away from tying his godfather Willie Mays. Edgardo Alfonzo came up next and hit a jack into center field, his eleventh of the season. The Giants tacked on a couple more runs in the inning. Andres Galarraga singled to shallow left on the first pitch he saw in this inning. It was then that Davis was taken out of the game and replaced by Glendon Rusch. The first pitch Rusch threw, Neifi Perez hit into the stands, his first homer in more than a year. This was it for the inning, but the Giants caught up to the Brewers and had made it tight game.

Felix Rodriguez came out to pitch the ninth and made it a quiet inning for the Brewers. The Giants had one more shot at winning the game.

Ray Durham came in the game to pinch hit for Rodriguez and drew a walk from Brewers' reliever, Danny Kolb. Jeffrey Hammonds singled to right on the first pitch he saw. Bonds was up and after one pitch, Milwaukee manager, Ned Yost, came out of the dugout and began to argue balls and strikes. He was then ejected from the game. Bonds then grounded out to the shortstop, but advanced the runners. Alfonzo was intentionally walked, as the Brewers hoped for the possibility of a double play. However, Kolb didn't need the double play as he got the next two batters out, obtaining his 18th save of the season and ending the game with a Brewers' win of 5-4.'s Player of the Game: Jeffrey Hammonds was able to get four hits in the game, matching a career high. Also, an honorable mention to Barry Bonds for his 654th career home run, bringing him closer to tying his godfather's record.

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