Rewind: Giants vs White Sox Game #2

Jesse Foppert strikes out 10 - career high

Through his first nine starts of the season, rookie Jesse Foppert had been cursed with extremely poor run support, receiving a pathetic 2.2 runs per game from the offense behind him. His luck changed dramatically in Wednesday's interleague game at Comiskey Park, as he found himself the beneficiary of a four-run cushion before throwing a single pitch.

June 11, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 11 12 1
Chicago Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 6 0

WP J. Foppert (4-5) 7 1/3IP 1H 1R 1ER 5BB 10SO 0HR 4.18 ERA
LP M. Buehrle (2-10) 4 1/3IP 6H 8R 8ER 3BB 4SO 2HR 5.18 ERA

After White Sox starter Mark Buehrle retired the first two San Francisco batters of the game, each of the next four reached base and the Giants put up a four-spot in the first inning. A single and two walks brought reserve third baseman Pedro Feliz to the plate, and with the bases loaded, he drove a 1-2 pitch just over the left field wall for a grand slam. After holding the Giants hitless for the next three innings, Buehrle again faltered in the fifth. Neifi Perez followed up a Marquis Grissom single with a double of his own, putting runners on second and third with one out for Ray Durham. Durham singled, driving in two and bringing Barry Bonds to the plate. Bonds promptly crushed a hanging 0-1 pitch into the stands for his seventeenth home run of the year, putting the Giants up 8-0 and chasing Buehrle from the game.

The Giants scored their ninth and tenth runs in the sixth inning off of reliever Gary Glover, and one more off righty Rick White in the eighth to cap off the scoring in the game.

While San Francisco battered the Chicago pitching staff, Foppert cruised, taking a no-hitter into the fifth. Former Giant Armando Rios broke it up with a one-out single through the right side of the infield, the only hit that Foppert allowed in 7 1/3 innings of work. He threw 122 pitches in the game, walking five and struck out a career-high ten batters, all swinging. Josh Paul's pinch-hit, 11-pitch walk drove Foppert from the game. Jim Brower came on in relief and gave up an RBI double to Jose Valentin, accounting for the only blemish on Foppert's linescore.

The White Sox scored three more times in the inning, but Chad Zerbe recorded the final three outs in the ninth to secure the victory for Foppert and the 40th win of the season for the Giants.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz played a very important role in the game, and Ray Durham drove in three runs in upping his average to .329 on the year. However, the honor belongs exclusively to rookie Jesse Foppert. The 22-year-old was outstanding, picking up a well-deserved fourth victory and holding the White Sox to just one hit. His ten strikeouts were the most he has had in the big leagues thus far, and the 7 1/3 innings he threw gave the bullpen some needed rest

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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