Rewind: Giants vs. Dodgers, Game #3

Before the start of tonight's game, the Giants were undefeated on the road. After taking the first two of the series, the Giants sent rookie Kurt Ainsworth to the mound to look for the sweep.

April 20, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 1 x 16 18 0

WP H. Nomo (2-3) 7IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 7SO 2HR 3.03 ERA
LP K. Ainsworth (3-1) 4 1/3IP 6H 7R 6ER 3BB 3SO 1HR 5.40 ERA

The right hander had faced the Dodgers two starts ago, going eight innings and allowing only one earned run. This time, however, Ainsworth would not fare as well.

Tonight's game started as so many had started before - the Giants scored first. In the top of the second, with no men out and the bases empty, Barry Bonds worked a 0-2 count to a 3-2 count. One pitch after fouling off ball four, Bonds sent a rocket to the bleachers. After Jose Cruz, Jr. struck out, Andres Galaragga, Yorvit Torrealba, and Ruben Rivera - all the bench players - doubled, each right after the other, to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. Nomo then struck out Ainsworth and Neifi Perez to end the inning.

The Giants added another run in fourth when the Big Cat, Andres Galaragga, homered for the fourth run of the game.

Ainsworth had been rolling until the fourth inning. Shawn Green led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Brian Jordan grounded out. Fred McGriff, who had been slumping, busted out with a single, scoring Green, but was thrown out by Cruz when he tried to stretch out his single into a double. Ron Coomer then walked, and with two outs, Jolbert Cabrera jacked one out to make it a one run game.

But that wasn't all the Dodgers would do. Ainsworth couldn't hold the lead. After striking out Nomo in the bottom of the fifth, David Roberts singled. Paul Lo Duca then hit a seemingly routine double play ball to shortstop Rich Aurilia who then bobbled the ball. Green singled, and with the bases loaded, Jordan walked to tie the game. Joe Nathan was then called in from the bullpen to put out the threat, but instead, surrendered a bases clearing double to McGriff to make the score 7-4, Dodgers.

Nomo continued to shut down the Giants for the rest of the night. After going seven innings, skipper Jim Tracy turned the game over to Paul Shuey and Eric Gagne, who gave the team an excellent pitching performance.

The same could not be said for the Giants bullpen. Together, Nathan, Jim Brower, and Chad Zerbe pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 10 hits and 9 runs - all earned.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: On a night where the offense, pitching, and defense were lacking, Yorvit Torrealba has shown again that he is ready for more playing time. Torrealba went 3-4, drove in one, and scored one. And as usual, the young catcher played a clean game behind the plate.

Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at SFDugout.com. She can be reached by email at aznstarlite00@yahoo.com.

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