Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #2

Since the Giants have already clinched the NL West, they look to to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the wild card race. With Kirk Rueter on the mound, they hoped to do just that.

September 20, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 6 13 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0

WP K. Rueter (9-5) 6IP 5H 0R 0ER 3BB 1SO 0HR 4.56 ERA
LP H. Nomo (16-12) 5 1/3IP 8H 4R 4ER 2BB 3SO 0HR 2.98 ERA

The Giants had to face 16-game winner Hideo Nomo. They had difficulty getting hits off of Nomo as through five innings, they were only able to get one hit. Their chance to score finally came in the sixth inning. The inning began with first baseman J.T. Snow singling to right field on the first pitch. Rich Aurilia followed with a single to center, putting runners on first and second with no outs for Barry Bonds. The Dodgers chose not to use the open base and pitch to Bonds. With the count at 2-2, Nomo threw a wild pitch allowing Snow and Aurilia to advance, putting them both in scoring position. Bonds hit a sacrifice fly deep to right, driving in Snow and allowing Aurilia to move over to third. Benito Santiago hit a check swing RBI double to right field, bringing the score to 2-0 Giants.

It didn't end there as Edgardo Alfonzo was able to take advantage of the situation. Nomo threw another wild pitch and Santiago was able to take third. Alfonzo then doubled to deep left field and Santiago scored. Marquis Grissom followed with a single to left. Nomo was then taken out of the game and relieved by Paul Shuey. Shuey faced Jose Cruz Jr. and gave him a free pass to first, loading up the bases for Rueter. On the first pitch, Reuter put the ball into play, hitting it to shallow left, driving in the fourth run of the game. This was it for the Giants in the inning as Ray Durham ended the inning by grounding out into a double play.

The Giants tacked on another run in eighth. Guillermo Mota relieved Paul Quantrill, who pitched in the 7th. Andres Galarraga came into the game to pinch hit and reached first on an infield single. His hit drove in Marquis Grissom who was at third. Grissom also drove in a run in the game in the ninth. With runners at first and second, Grissom hit a flare into right field, bringing in Jeffrey Hammonds and giving the Giants a 6-0 lead.

The Dodgers, on the other hand, had a difficult time bringing in any runs in the game. They had many chances, but the Giants pitching and defense prevented them from scoring. The Dodgers grounded into two double plays and the Giants frequently got the lead runner out. Kirk Rueter, Matt Herges, and Felix Rodriguez together shut out the Dodgers and provided the Giants with yet another win - their sixth win in the last seven games.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Marquis Grissom was 4-5 in today's game and collected his 75th RBI of the season. The pitching cannot go unnoticed as well. Rueter, Herges and Rodriguez did a magnificent job in putting the Dodgers, who have been shut out 13 times this season, back into the dugout.



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