Rewind: Giants vs. Brewers, Game #3

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On getaway day in freezing Milwaukee, going for their second consecutive series sweep, the Giants sent out the man who carries a shamrock in his back pocket.

April 6, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 0
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

Kirk Rueter, coming into today's start boasting a .625 winning percentage as a San Francisco Giant, brought that luck with him to the mound and left it there when he was pulled after six innings. He and the newest Giant Jim Brower combined for 9 innings of shutout ball to spank the Brewers 5-0 and improve their 2003 record to 6-0. With today's win, they've also set a new franchise record for consecutive road wins to open a season. Today they did it without Barry Bonds, Ray Durham, Benito Santiago, and until the seventh inning, without JT Snow.

The Giants scored runs in four different innings. The scoring began in the second off of Milwaukee starter Wayne Franklin, when Torrealba smacked a one-out triple into the gap in left center to drive in Edgardo Alfonzo. In the third inning, Rich Aurilia came up with two down and nobody on and fouled off four 2-strike pitches before coaxing the count to 3-2. On the tenth pitch of the at-bat, he scorched a ball high into the stands for a solo home run to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, the Giants again flexed their offensive muscles. The Big Cat, Andres Galarraga, led off the inning with a walk - the third time in four innings that a Giant hitter had done so. Torrealba followed up the walk with a double down the right field line. After Rivera failed to move the runners up, Woody's good luck came in handy as he reached base on a high chop single to Franklin, and Galarraga scored from third. Marquis Grissom then hit a sharp single up the middle to drive in Torrealba and extend the Giant lead to four runs.

The last run came in the seventh inning against left-handed reliever Valerio De Los Santos. Neifi Perez reached base when Wes Helms scooped up a ground ball and winged it errantly over to first, overshooting his target and forcing the six foot seven inch Richie Sexson to come up off the bag. Perez stole second, and then went to third on a Cruz flyout. After Alfonzo walked, Curtis Leskanic was summoned from the bullpen to face Galarraga. With Perez still at second and two down, Galarraga hit a ball down the left field line that bounced off the third base bag and ricocheted away from Helms, who threw it to first, but too late, and Perez came in to score.

Meanwhile, Rueter had been weaving in and out of jams on the mound, but ultimately getting the job done. In his six innings of work, he gave up five hits and four walks, but no runs. In the seventh, he gave way to Brower, who threw well and earned his second career save, giving up two hits and two walks over three innings of work.

SFDugout.com Player of the game: While Brower and Rueter were both extremely effective, and Neifi Perez displayed Gold Glove-worthy defense at second, Yorvit Torrealba gets the nod today. In his first start of the season, he had a double, a triple, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored and that's just at the plate. He also gunned down the speedy Alex Sanchez at third and called a shutout game.

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