Rewind: Marlins vs Giants, Game #2

You might have expected, with Brad Penny and Sidney Ponson starting, that today's game would have been as low scoring as the day before's. Fact is, that couldn't have been farther from the truth. In one of the Giants' sloppiest games of the year, the Marlins tied up the series at one apiece.

October 1, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 1 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 0 9 15 1
San Francisco 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 8 1

WP C. Pavano (1-0) 2/3IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP J. Nathan (0-1) 1/3IP 4H 3R 3ER 0BB 1SO 1HR 81.01 ERA

Sidney Ponson failed miserably in trying to emulate the example set by Jason Schmidt. In a mere five innings of work, Ponson gave up 4 runs, all earned. However, when he exited the game, the Giants were in the lead.

The Marlins scored right away in the first, hitting consecutive singles off Ponson to start the game. After the two runners advanced on a fly ball hit by Ivan Rodriguez, Derrek Lee grounded out to bring a runner home to give Florida a quick 1-0 advantage.

The Giants came back in the bottom of the frame. Ray Durham led off with a single, and with two outs, Barry Bonds slammed a double to score Durham easily.

San Francisco scored again in the fourth. Rich Aurilia bunted his way on, and Bonds walked to put two on and no out for red-hot Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo made them regret walking Bonds by raking a double to score both runners. Benito Santiago then sacrificed Alfonzo to third, and Grissom drove him home by merely grounding out.

However, the Marlins then threw up a three-spot of their own. Jeff Conine led the inning off with a single. With one out, Todd Hollandsworth singled as well. Pierre singled to score Conine and move Hollandsworth to third. Hollandsworth scored on Castillo's groundout, and Pierre advanced to second. Rodriguez then singled to score Pierre and cap off the three-run rally.

Ponson was lifted for a pinch hitter after five innings of work. Pedro Feliz, the pinch hitter, tripled. JT Snow drove him home with a clean single.

That, however, would be all the scoring the Giants would do. For a while, it seemed like it would be enough. The bullpen had been more than reliable in the regular season, and there appeared to be no reason it would not be the same in the playoffs.

But it was not to be. In 1/3 of an inning, Joe Nathan gave up 3 runs. Felix Rodriguez and Jim Brower each went an inning and gave up a run.

The Marlins bullpen pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up only 4 hits and walking 2.'s Player of the Game: This was a poorly pitched game, but a beacon of light shines in Edgardo Alfonzo. After his slow start, many criticized Brian Sabean for signing Fonzie, but the REAL Alfonzo has shown up just in time for the playoffs. Batting behind Barry is an important spot, and it looks like Fonzie might just be the guy who can do it. Walk Bonds? We got Alfonzo (2-4, 2 RBI) to drive him in.

Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at She can be reached by email at

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