Rewind: Cubs vs Giants, Game #1
Kirk Rueter (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Kirk Rueter (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Posted Apr 29, 2003


Dusty Baker returned to Pacific Bell Park in a Cubs uniform for the first time since his departure from San Francisco. As expected, he received a warm welcome from the fans. A montage of Dusty images shown on the AstroVision screen garnered cheering and applause from the 40,000 people that attended the first game of the three-game series.

April 29, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 9 1
San Francisco 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0

WP K. Wood (4-1) 6IP 7H 2R 1ER 4BB 8SO 1HR 2.77 ERA
LP K. Rueter (2-1) 6IP 8H 3R 3ER 3BB 3SO 0HR 3.34 ERA
S J. Borowski (4) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 1.98 ERA

Baker watched - for the first time from the opposing dugout - as his new team defeated the Giants by a final of 4-2. It started out well for the Giants, as Chicago starting pitcher Kerry Wood (4-1) gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. He gave up two more hits in the inning, but got out of it with just the one run scored. Kirk Rueter (2-1) held the Cubs scoreless through the first two innings, but loaded the bases before recording an out in the third. Moises Alou's double play ball brought in a run for Chicago, tying the game at one apiece.

The Giants retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk to Jose Cruz, Jr., but that one run was all they could muster. With the score 2-1 Giants, Benito Santiago grounded into a forceout to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Stranding runners was a popular theme for San Francisco throughout the game, as they left sixteen runners on base. The Giants stranded at least one man in every inning, and eight were left in scoring position. Benito Santiago left eight men on in half as many at-bats, and J.T. Snow stranded five, one for each trip to the plate. The Giants didn't pick up a hit with runners in scoring position the entire night.

Meanwhile, the Cubs manufactured a run here, a run there, and tied the game at two on a two-out fifth-inning RBI single off the bat of Alou. Former Giant Ramon Martinez singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Cubs. They tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning, as Alou sent a 2-1 fastball from setup man Felix Rodriguez over the center field wall for his second home run of the year.

Joe Borowski came on to pitch the ninth, following Juan Cruz and Mike Remlinger to complete a night of scoreless relief. With two down, he walked Marquis Grissom, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Marvin Benard grounded out to end the game on the only pitch he saw, notching Borowski's fourth save of the season and the Cubs' fifteenth win under Dusty Baker.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Joe Nathan and Jose Cruz, Jr. share the honor. Nathan threw another 1-2-3 inning to maintain his perfect 0.00 ERA and extending his scoreless stretch to 16 2/3 innings. In a game in which sixteen runners were stranded, Jose Cruz didn't leave any and went 2-2 with a single, a double, and three walks.

stephanie moy is a diehard Giants fan, born and raised in San Francisco. She loves hearing feedback - good, bad, or otherwise - so if you're so obliged, contact her at a_hole_in_the_bucket@hotmail.com


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