WP K. Jarvis (4-2) 8IP 8H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K 0HR 3.91 ERA
|July 26, 2003
LP J. Williams (5-2) 7IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 6K 1HR 2.80 ERA
S R. Beck (12) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 1.83 ERA
Jarvis had other plans. He kept Giant hitters off-balance for eight strong
innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and throwing 89 pitches.
In the early innings, the Giants consistently created and wasted
opportunities for themselves, putting their leadoff hitter on base in four
of the first five innings without scoring a run. They stranded all six
Giant baserunners in those five innings, coaxing only 52 pitches from Jarvis
in the process, and they failed to score in each of the first seven innings.
The Giants mounted a two-out rally in the eighth against Jarvis when Marquis
Grissom lined an 0-1 pitch down the line and past left fielder Rondell White
for a double. Barry Bonds was intentionally walked, bringing up Andres
Galarraga, who came into the game with three home runs against Jarvis in
sixteen lifetime at-bats. Galarraga came through, shooting a ground ball
through the hole to drive Grissom in from second base. Rich Aurilia strode
to the plate with runners at first and second and a career batting average
upward of .500 against Jarvis, but he popped out to first baseman Ryan
Klesko to leave the tying run at second.
The Padres couldn’t muster much offense either, as Jerome Williams dealt
with baserunners all day but surrendered only two runs in seven innings of
work. Phil Nevin, who played in his first game of the season less than a
week ago after spending the first half on the disabled list, drove in both
runs on his first home run since coming back. Coincidentally, it was also a
first for Williams, who entered the eleventh start of his young big-league
career with no home runs given up in almost 64 innings pitched.
Those two runs were all that the San Francisco pitching staff would yield in
the game, as Jason Christiansen and Jim Brower combined for two innings of
shutout relief after Williams’ departure. However, with a little help from
San Diego closer Rod Beck, Jarvis made the lead stand. Beck entered the
game in the ninth and picked up his twelfth save of the season in as many
chances, snapping the winning streak at nine for the Giants, who tasted
defeat at home for the first time in almost a month.
Game Notes: Jose Cruz, Jr. picked up his major league-leading 15th outfield
assist in the first inning on Saturday, making a nice running catch of a
ball down the right field line and then doubling up Mark Kotsay at first
After missing Friday night’s game to be at the hospital with his father
Bobby, who underwent open heart surgery, Barry Bonds returned to the lineup
on Saturday and went 1-2 with a single and two walks.
SFDugout’s Player of the Game: Despite taking his first loss since the end
of April, Jerome Williams pitched well enough to win and gave the Giants a quality start,
giving up just two runs in seven innings. Williams also led off the third
inning with the second hit of his major league career, a softly hit ball
that dropped in between three Padre defenders for a single.
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