Rewind: Giants vs Philies, Game #3

Jesse Foppert (AP Photo)

Kevin Millwood and the Phillies won the pitching battle as the Giants lose their first series this season. Jesse Foppert did a great job in his second MLB start, but Millwood's pitching and Mike Everitt's strike zone was just too big. It was a frustrating day for the Giants, who are glad to be heading home after today's game.

April 27, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 4 0

WP K.Millwood (4-1) 9IP 0H 0R 0ER 3BB 10SO 0HR 3.48 ERA
LP J. Foppert(0-2) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 4BB 5SO 1HR 5.54 ERA

Even though Jesse Foppert pitched a good game, it was not enough against Kevin Millwood's first career no-hitter. The pitcher friendly home plate umpire, Mike Everitt, assisted in seven called strikeouts for Millwood. The Giants witnessed history in the making, as each batter was retired one after the other. All the Giants could do was glare at Everitt as they walked back to the dugout on called strikeouts. Everitt was being inconsistent with some pitches that were around the corners, which forced batters later on in the game to swing at pitches they think have the possibility of being called strikes.

The only offensive play in this game was a solo homer by Ricky Ledee in the bottom of the first inning.

The Giants had a few opportunities with deep fly hits by Rich Aurilia in the first, Marquis Grissom in the seventh, Jose Cruz, Jr. in the eighth, and even by Jesse Foppert in the sixth, but with the combination of Millwood's impressive pitching, the Phillies' defense, and no catch of luck, all four balls were caught for outs. Barry Bonds smashed a deep fly into right field in the fourth inning with Aurilia on first base, but it was not deep enough and was caught to end the inning.

Millwood's excellent pitching should not overshadow Foppert's game. After giving up three hits, including the solo homerun by Ledee, in the first inning, Foppert went the rest of the way giving up three walks and no more hits. Welcome to the majors, buddy.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, right-hander Joe Nathan came into the game to relieve Foppert.

After Nathan had a one-two-three retired inning, Felix Rodriguez relieved him in the bottom of the eighth. Rodriguez gave up a triple, but pitched an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.

Millwood went on to face four more batters in the top of the ninth, walking Ray Durham with two outs. Grissom flied out to center field to end the game and giving Millwood his first career no-hitter with a total of ten strikeouts.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Not much was going on with the Giants offense, obviously, but if there were to be a recognition for offensive players, it would have to be Rich Aurilia and Ray Durham for at least getting on base and Aurilia for hitting a deep fly against Kevin Millwood. Jesse Foppert kept this game close with the help of the Giants solid defense and the bullpen, especially in Joe Nathan. Foppert should not be ashamed of his game today, and he more than deserves the POTG honor.

Sara Kwan currently writes game recaps and other articles for SFDugout.com. Sara can be reached at shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com

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