Rewind: Giants vs Astros, Game #2

The top of the second inning was all the Giants needed to begin and end game two. The win was no surprise to San Francisco, for they brought their Cy Young candidate, Jason Schmidt, on mound to face Wade Miller and slashed the Astros 10-3.

September 23, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 4 1

WP J. Schmidt(17-5) 7IP 3H 2R 2ER 1BB 2SO 1HR 2.34 ERA
LP W. Miller (14-13) 1 2/3IP 6H 9R 4ER 3BB 2SO 1HR 4.13 ERA

The game remained scoreless until the huge second inning rolled into Houston. The Giants had fourteen men go to the plate to produced ten runs. This huge hitting phenomenon started off with Marquis Grissom's solo homer. Benito Santiago hit a single, Edgardo Alfonzo smoked another single to right center field, putting Santiago ninety feet closer to home. Jose Cruz Jr. followed with a double to bring in one run, where a fan interfered with the ball in play, which may have robbed Cruz of a potential triple and another RBI. The score laid at 2- 0, Giants. Jason Schmidt was issued a walk and Ray Durham was safe at first, but forced Alfonzo out at the plate on a fielder's choice.

J.T. Snow slammed a single into right field, changing the score to 3-0. Rich Aurilia drew a walk to force in another run, and that brought Barry Bonds to the plate with the bases still loaded. It looked like Bonds hit into a fielder's choice, but the throw to home went through the legs of catcher, Brad Ausmus, where Durham was safe, scoring the Giants' fifth run. It was now Grissom's turn again, the guy who started this inning, but the hot-hitter popped out. Santiago was walked to force in another Giant run and to chase starter, Wade Miler from the game. With two outs, it brought Alfonzo up to bat with the bases loaded, already with a grand slam this season.

He greeted Rickey Stone with a hot potato into left field to give the Giants a ten run lead and a season-high ten run inning. Cruz doubled to continue the inning, but Schmidt struck out to finally retire the side, but not before the Giants went through their lineup twice to post ten runs.

Schmidt and the Giants had shut the Astros out until the bottom of the seventh where Orlando Merced hit a single. Jason Lane hit a deep double jack bringing them both in.

The Astros' last run came in the ninth when Lane hit yet another impressive roundtripper off reliever Jason Christiansen. Despite two of Lane's bombs, the Giants still took game 2 of this series.

SFDugout'S Player of the Game: I'd have to give it to Marquis Grissom. Sure Edgardo Alfonzo hit an amazing grand slam, but it was all Grissom who got the lucky second inning going. We also can't not mention Jason Schmidt, who is in close competition for the Cy Young.



Gabrielle DeLouche is a true Giants fan who resides right outside of San Francisco. She loves writing sports stories and can be contacted at peachie34@sbcglobal.net.

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