Rewind: Tigers vs Giants, Game #3

Edgardo Alfonzo (AP/Dino Vournas)

Break out the brooms! The Giants took the first two games in their second interleague series against the Tiger and look to sweep in today's game. Sure it may be the Tigers, and with their record, over-confidence has a tendency to shine through. Yet the Tigers showed yesterday, in the ninth that they still have some pop in their bats and are able to come back.

June 8, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 2
San Francisco 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 x 7 13 1

WP J. Nathan (6-2) 2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2K 0HR 3.51 ERA
LP F. German (2-3) 1/3IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 0HR 2.88 ERA
S T. Worrell (16) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 1.57 ERA

Giants sent southpaw, Damian Moss to the mound, in hopes that he would bring his best stuff to the game to help sweep the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, Moss didn't seem to have much working. Moss was only able to pitch three innings before Giants manager Felipe Alou took him out. The left-handed pitcher gave up six runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out two.

As soon as the game began, Detroit rocked the Australian pitcher. Tigers' lead off hitter, Alex Sanchez hit a triple into deep right center and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Gene Kingsale. The hitting continued on as Craig Monroe doubled to left and with the count 1-1, with one out, Dmitri Young singled to center, to drive Monroe in. It was now 2-0 Tigers, as the Giants still had yet to bat.

Nate Cornejo was the starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, had a bit of an easier time than Moss in the early innings of the game. However, the Giants did manage to bring in a run to cut the Tigers lead, as first baseman, J.T. Snow singled to right, scoring Neifi Perez – who was playing second to give Ray Durham a day off – from third with two outs.

Moss continued having trouble as the Tigers kept their hitting parade going. Omar Infante began the inning by drawing a walk. Cornejo let the hitting coach know that he should practice bunting off a tee tomorrow when he struck out bunting. However, that at bat was forgotten when Sanchez, swinging on the first pitch, doubled to deep right field. This sent Infante to third and he'd score off a sacrifice fly hit by Kingsale. With two out and one on base, Monroe hit a two-run jack to left center. The Tigers now had a 5-1 lead on the Giants.

The Giants struggled to play catch up with the Tigers. With one out, consecutive singles were hit by left fielder Marvin Benard and Moss. Marquis Grissom drove in a run with a single to left center field cutting the Tigers lead by three. Grissom's hit extended his hitting streak to twelve games.

By the third inning, Moss had already thrown 50 pitches and it was clear that he didn't have much working today as Shane Halter singled to center and eventually scored on another sacrifice fly hit by Infante, making the score 6-2.

This was Moss's shortest outing of the year, as Jim Brower came in as relief at the beginning of the fourth. Brower did an awesome job at keeping the Tigers at six runs. The right-hander pitched for 3 innings only giving up one hit and striking out 4. Now, the only thing that was needed was some run support from the Giants.

They were able to bring in a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth. With Jose Cruz, Jr. on first, Pedro Feliz singled to right center, moving Cruz over to third, eventually scoring off a sacrifice fly hit to left field by Benard. Andres Galarraga pinch hit for Brower and hit a single into center. This was it for Cornejo as Matt Roney came in relief. On four pitches, Grissom drew a walk, loading the bases for Neifi Perez with one out. Perez showed patience at the plate and drew a walk, forcing in Feliz from third. Unfortunately, that was it for the inning, as Rich Aurilia and Snow failed to take advantage of the opportunity and drive in more runs.

Joe Nathan came in relief of Brower in the beginning of the seventh inning and continued to silence the Tigers' bats, bringing along more hope that the Giants will be able to catch up to the Tigers.

The Giants had one more opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as the Tigers defense added to their many errors of the season. Chris Spurling was now pitching for the Tigers in relief of Wilfredo Ledezma. Benard popped up and it seemed to be an easy out for second baseman Ramon Santiago. However, looks can be deceiving, as the ball popped out of his glove, and Benard was safe at first. Another error occurred immediately after, as Dmitri Young booted a grounder hit by The Big Cat. Benard moved to second and Galarraga was safe at first. With one out and runners on first and second, FranklynGerman came in to relieve Spurling.

The Giants got a gift from the Tigers as Benard scored and Galarraga moved to third on a balk by German, with Aurilia at the plate – putting the Giants within in one run from tieing the game. Aurilia came through and doubled to left, bringing in The Big Cat. The game was all tied up. Edgardo Alfonzo set up to the plate to pinch hit for reliever, Joe Nathan. So with one out and Aurilia at second, Fonzie drove a ball into deep right center for a double and putting the Giants ahead with a 7-6 lead.

It was now time for Tim Worrell to attempt to close the game. Despite one throwing error by Worrell, he managed to successfully end the game, achieving his 16th save of the season, and completing the Giants sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

SFDugout.com's Player(s) of the Game: The bullpen – Jim Brower, Joe Nathan, and Tim Worrell. After a rocky start by Damian Moss, these three successfully brought down the Tigers, giving the Giant a chance to play catch up. Recognition also goes to Rich Aurilia for driving in the run to tie the game, and to Edgardo Alfonzo for bringing in the go-ahead run. There may have been times where fans all thought that the Giants should haven't been able to bring runs, however they still managed to play hard and take advantage of the errors by the Tigers to win the game.

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