Rewind: Giants vs A's, Game #2

After losing the first game of the Battle of the Bay, the Giants were hoping to redeem themselves and keep pace with the LA Dodgers in the race for the NL West. They sent rookie Jerome Williams to the mound to face the A's Tim Hudson.

June 21, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 11 0
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 8 2

WP J. Williams (1-1) 6 1/3IP 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 3K 0HR 4.82 ERA
LP T. Hudson (5-3) 7IP 11H 6R 5ER 2BB 5K 2HR 3.28 ERA
S T. Worrell (17) 2P 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 1.85 ERA

The Giants struck against Tim Hudson almost immediately. After Edgardo Alfonzo walked, Pedro Feliz, playing left field in place of Bonds, hit a two-run blast over the center field wall for his fourth home run of the year.

Williams retired the first four batters he faced and had a 2-0 lead after two innings.

Rookie Carlos Valderrama, recently called up to replace the injured J.T. Snow on the roster, struck out in his first major league at-bat to start the inning. However, his more experienced teammates did not follow in his footsteps. Ray Durham singled, and Alfonzo doubled to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. Feliz got his second hit of the game to move Alfonzo to third. He should have been caught stealing, but was called safe when Miguel Tejada missed the tag. With first base open, Barry Bonds was walked intentionally, bringing up Benito Santiago. But Benito Santiago didn't listen to Hudson's hopes and dreams. He decided instead to hit a single to left center and drive in another run!

Andres Galarraga hit into a fielder's choice, and Feliz was out at home. But yet another error by the A's, this time a throwing error by A's catcher Ramon Hernandez, allowed Bonds to score.

Jerome Williams had a shutout going until the sixth inning. A walk to Eric Byrnes and a single by Scott Hatteberg brought Tejada to the plate with one out and runners at the corners. Tejada hit a sac fly to center to end any chance of a shutout.

Pedro Feliz hit his second home run of the game in the top of the seventh to add to the Giants lead.

However, the bottom of the seventh was not such a happy story. While Williams started the inning by getting Jermaine Dye to fly out to right, Eric Chavez hit a single to left, and Hernandez made up for his error with a double to left, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out.

The Giants proceeded to use four relief pitchers in the inning. Scott Eyre gave up an infield hit to Terrence Long, and Chavez scored. Feliz Rodriguez came in and, on the tenth pitch of an at-bat against Mark Ellis, hit him with a pitch. Eric Byrnes followed with a two-run single to bring the A's within two runs of the Giants That was all that the A's would get, though. Jason Christiansen gave up an infield single to Hatteberg, but Joe Nathan saved the day by getting Tejada and Durazo out.

The Giants were able to hold onto their 6-4 lead, and Jerome Williams finally got his first major league victory.

Tim Worrell rebounded from his recent blown save against Kansas City, which cost Jerome Williams a win, with an impressive two-inning save. He got out of a two-out bases-loaded jam in the eighth, and pitched a perfect ninth.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz. Two home runs! Nice catches in the outfield. What more do you want? Honorable mentions go to Joe Nathan and Jerome Williams. Nathan saved the day in the 7th inning, and Williams pitched a solid game and FINALLY got his first win. He deserved a win quite a while ago.



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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