Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #1

The Giants had already clinched their division, and with the Dodgers trying to catch the Wild Card, it's only natural for the Giants to want to ruin the Dodgers' party. The Giants made it look easy against the veteran ace in the LA smog as shaky Dodgers' defense and a Bonds' hot potato highlighted the first game of the last series this season at Dodger Stadium.

September 19, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 0
Los Angeles 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 11 2

WP D. Hermanson (3-3) 5IP 7H 3R 3ER 1BB 5SO 1HR 4.12 ERA
LP K. Brown (14-9) 5IP 7H 5R 3ER 3BB 3SO 0HR 2.43 ERA
S T. Worrell (36) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.50 ERA

Dustin Hermanson made his fifth start as a Giant against the Dodger ace, Kevin Brown, who has been a long time Giants nemesis.

The Giants got started right away against Brown with the help of the Dodgers' defense. Ray Durham and Marquis Grissom hit ground balls that were not handled cleanly by shortstop, Cesar Izturis, and second baseman, Alex Cora, respectively. Rich Aurilia hit a slow ground out to move Durham and Grissom to second and third, which gave the Dodgers the automatic signal to walk Barry Bonds intentionally.

With the bases loaded, Edgardo Alfonzo coaxed a walk from Brown to force in Durham as the first run of the game. Benito Santiago got the Giants' first hit with a bloop into centerfield, driving in Grissom. Andres Galarraga grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Dodgers countered with a run of their own as the speedy Dave Roberts beat out a throw for an infield single, and Shawn Green doubled to the right center gap that enabled Roberts to score.

The Giants put together another run with Jose Cruz, Jr. leading off the second inning with a single. Durham doubled to right, and with runners on second and third, Grissom grounded out to drive in Cruz.

Adrian Beltre helped the Dodgers get one of those runs back with a roundtripper into left field in the bottom of the fourth.

It was no problem for the Giants. They came right back in the fifth as Aurilia singled and Bonds walked. Alfonzo doubled to the gap in right center where Roberts juggled the ball to enable two runs to score.

Hermanson was cruising along, but ran into some trouble in the fifth by giving up a single to Green, who drilled the ball back up the middle to score Izturis from second. With the lead trimmed to only two runs, and runners on first and second and two outs, Hermanson was able to strike out Robin Ventura on a 3-2 pitch count, and left a bad taste in the Dodgers' mouth as he made his exit for the day.

Southpaw, Scott Eyre relieved in the sixth and pitched a scoreless inning. Reliever Guillero Mota was flawless against the Giants' offense until Bonds came to the plate. Bonds hammered his 657th career bomb for the sixth Giant run.

The Dodgers made it close in the seventh as pinch hitter and long-time veteran Ricky Henderson was hit by a pitch, issued by Jason Christiansen. Roberts bunted him to second, and Green singled to drive in Henderson.

Joe Nathan shut the door on the Dodgers in the eighth, and Tim Worrell collected his 36th save of the season.

Game Notes: Bonds' 44th jack puts him on top of the National League again in homeruns... Dave Roberts was picked off at first base in the third inning by Dustin Hermanson... There was a total of eleven beach balls and sixteen giant paper airplanes on the field throughout the game.

SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo had three RBIs in the game and continues to be a great clutch hitter with runners in scoring position, and also continues to do a great job protecting behind Bonds. Dustin Hermanson continues to give his team opportunities to win, even though he's been bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation. And how can we not mention a guy who needs three more homeruns to catch Willie Mays? No better place to do it than at Dodger Stadium.



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 SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at kwanchino@alpha-q.net

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