Rewind: Dbacks vs Giants, Game #2

Benito Santiago (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Giants were looking to sweep the two game series and gain another game on the Dodgers. Damian Moss was looking to stop his three-game personal losing streak as well.

May 28, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
San Francisco 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 3 x 10 12 1

WP D. Moss (6-3) 6 1/3IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 3SO 0HR 3.44 ERA
LP J. Patterson (0-2) 6IP 7H 6R 6ER 4BB 4SO 2HR 9.90 ERA

Damian Moss got the Giants off to a good start by throwing only ten pitches to get through the first inning, and the Giants scored ten runs in the game.

Moss struggled a bit in the top of the second. Danny Bautista led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Matt Williams walked. Steve Finley grounded out to first, moving the runners to second and third. Moss walked Chad Moeller intentionally to load the bases, setting up a force at every base and bringing up Arizona starting pitcher John Patterson, who struck out. Patterson struck out.

The Giants scored quickly and efficiently in the bottom of the 2nd. Bonds walked, and Santiago followed it up with a blast to left field, giving the Giant After a day off, Jose Cruz Jr. singled with two outs and stole second but Moss struck out to strand him there.

Marquis Grissom singled to left center to lead off the bottom of the third, and Ray Durham drove him in with a double. After Rich Aurilia lined out for the first out of the inning, Bonds was walked intentionally. That seems to be the expected strategy in almost every case, except when there is a gunman to the pitcher's head telling him to pitch to Bonds or else he shoots. Santiago grounded out to move the runners up.

Poor control plagued Patterson. He walked J.T. Snow to load the bases, and walked in a run by giving Pedro Feliz a free pass as well. He was able to get Cruz to end the inning with a groundout.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Lyle Overbay doubled and reached third on an error by Grissom, who misplayed the carom of the ball. With two outs, Moss walked Steve Finley. Moeller doubled to deep left field to score both of his teammates, but was caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd to end the inning.

In the sixth, the Giants almost mirrored the second inning. This time, Bonds singled as a prelude to Santiago's home run to center. But in this case, Cruz didn't get hit. He grounded out to second, ending the inning.

The Giants piled on many insurance runs. In bottom of the 7th, Bonds homered to center for his 626th career blast.

In the 8th, a certain mouse went from squeaky back to mighty. Mighty Mouse, aka Marvin Benard, hit a triple as a pinch hitter to drive in Cruz, who had singled to right. Benard scored on a wild pitch by reliever Scott Service. Ray Durham hit a ground rule double, and Rich Aurilia drove in the final run of the night with a single to center to make the game 10-2.

After getting one out in the top of the seventh, Moss was replaced by Scott Eyre. He pitched perfect ball through the eighth inning, striking out three batters. Jim Brower pitched the 9th to end the game.

SFDugout.com Player of the game: Bentio Santiago drove in four runs with two home runs, so he is given this honor. Honorable mention goes to Marvin Benard for coming back from the disabled list with a bang.

Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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