WP F. Rodriguez (6-0) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 3.09ERA
|July 25, 2003
LP J. Witasick (2-2) 1 1/3IP 1H 3R 3ER 2BB 1K 1HR 4.82 ERA
The game did not start out well for Kirk Rueter and his Giants, when Ramon
Vasquez started the game off with a double to right. Consecutive groundouts
by Mark Kotsay and Mark Loretta allowed Vasquez to score, giving the Padres
a 1-0 lead.
Despite giving up a leadoff walk to Ray Durham, Adam Eaton was able to
retire the next three batters in order to keep the Giants from doing any
damage in the bottom of the first.
The score stayed at 1-0 until the bottom of the third, which like the
first, started off with a Durham walk. But this time, J.T. Snow hit a single
to right to put runners at first and second. Eaton got Marquis Grissom and
Jose Cruz. Jr to hit harmless pop-ups, but Edgardo Alfonzo didn’t have such
a fate. Instead, he smacked a double to deep right, driving in both Durham
and Snow to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.
Kirk Rueter pitched a solid six innings before being replaced. He left the
game with a 2-1 lead. It was his game to win. But in the top of the eighth,
the Padres would level the playing field yet again. Brian Buchanan pinch-hit
for Eaton and got a walk from reliever Scott Eyre. Vasquez, who led the game
off with a double, sacrificed him to second. Kotsay grounded out to move the
runner to third. Loretta hit a pop-up that Durham, Cruz, and Snow all went
to, but Durham couldn’t control it and it bounced off his glove, allowing
Buchanan to score.
The game went to the bottom of the 9th, with the Giants facing a pitcher
who was once one of their own, Jay Witasick. Cruz walked to lead off the
inning, and Alfonzo sacrificed him to second. Neifi Perez was walked to
allow the chance of a double play, but Pedro Feliz, playing in place of
Barry Bonds, did not deliver the inning-ending double play. Instead, he
whacked a three-run shot into left field! 5-2 Giants!
SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz. While yes, he did just go 1 for 4, his one hit drove in more runs than any other Giants hitter drove in. Honorable Mention: Kirk Rueter. He only gave up two hits in six innings. A nice way to come back from an injury!
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