Rewind: Giants vs Marlins, Game #4

The Giants would not back down in this play or pack up game. This team knew they had to win, and they've never given up when the odds were stacked against them this season, so they were not about to leave Florida without a fight. Still, as hard as the Giants fought, a few errors here and there ended their spectacular season.

October 4, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 6 9 2
Florida 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 x 7 12 0

WP C. Pavano (2-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP F. Rodriguez (0-1) 1IP 2H 2R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.25 ERA
S U. Urbina (1) 1IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 3.00 ERA

The Giants came into this game in a do-or-die situation, sending a rookie who thrived on pressure during the season, Jerome Williams. Another rookie sensation was sent to the mound for Florida, Dontrelle Willis.

The Giants jumped out with one run in the second when Marquis Grissom led off the game with a walk. J.T. Snow singled to left field where Grissom took third base. Yorvit Torrealba flied out to left, where Grissom tagged and scored from third.

The Marlins tied the game with a Miguel Cabrera double. Jeff Conine grounded a ball right to shortstop, Rich Aurilia, where the ball fell out of his glove. Cabrera scored on the error and Conine was safe at first.

Florida went ahead in the third against Williams as Ivan Rodriguez doubled with Luis Castillo on second to score the go-ahead run. Derek Lee singled to left to drive in Rodriguez, chasing the rookie from the game. Jim Brower relieved and gave up a double to Cabrera. With one out, Conine was intentionally waked, but Alex Gonzalez hit into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

The Marlins broke it open in the fourth off Brower. Willis had his second hit of the day, and Juan Pierre singled. The bases were loaded on a Lee walk, and Cabrera singled to bring in two runs.

Brower was taken out of the game in the fifth inning and was replaced by Dustin Hermanson. He allowed a triple to Willis, but got out of the inning without further damage.

When all seemed lost for the Giants, they showed the Marlins why they're a 100 game winning ballclub. Ray Durham led off the sixth with a single, followed up with another single by Jeffrey Hammonds. Aurilia doubled down the left field line to drive in Durham, and with runners on second and third, the Marlins chose to pitch to Barry Bonds.

Bonds hit a deep flyout to enable Hammonds to tag and score the Giants' third run, and Edgardo Alfonzo followed up with a double off the top of the fence to knock in Aurilia. Grissom grounded out to move Alfonzo to third, then Snow collected another hit with a single to plate the tying run. Snow was picked off for the last out of the inning, but as replays clearly showed, Snow was never tagged, and the Giants had to live with Jeff Kellogg's missed call.

Into the sixth inning, Hermanson walked the first batter he saw, and that was the last man he would face as Matt Herges was summoned and Jose Cruz, Jr. was called into the game on a double switch for Grissom. Herges promptly walked the next batter and hit the following batter with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. He struck out Cabrera and pitched an inning ending 4-6-3 double play to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth. Herges contained the Marlins, and handed the game over to Felix Rodriguez, who pitched a phenomenal game the day before. Rodriguez looked poised again, getting Juan Pierre to fly out and striking out Castillo, but Pudge Rodriguez continued his damage on the Giants with a single.

Lee was hit by a pitch, and Cabrera singled to right field, where Cruz threw the ball to the plate. The ball was right on the money, but Rodriguez ran right into Torrealba, and the ball popped out of the glove. Torrealba did not know where the ball was, and by the time he retrieved it, Lee scored the Marlins' seventh run.

The Giants were mounting another comeback in the ninth as pinch hitter, Neifi Perez, doubled. Snow singled for his third hit of the game to drive in Perez, and the Giants were within a run. Pedro Feliz struck out, and Benito Santiago flied out to right.

With the runner still on first, closer Ugueth Urbina hit Durham with a pitch. On two outs, Hammonds singled to right, where the Giants gambled and sent Snow home. Conine threw a bullet to catcher, Rodriguez, and as Snow tackled Rodriguez to the ground, Rodriguez held the ball and Snow was out at the plate, ending the game and the Giants' season.

Game Notes: This was the first game of the series where Ray Durham did not lead off the game with a hit... Dontrelle Willis' three hits was the first as a pitcher in a postseason game since 1988.

Players of the Game: In a game where the Giants knew it was a must win situation, many players stepped up, especially in the sixth inning. J.T. Snow had three hits and a rough day, being called out on a pick off play at first, then making the last out at the plate, but he came through in the clutch with runners in scoring position. Matt Herges pitched a beautiful game, getting out of a big jam in the sixth to keep the game tied.



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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