Rewind: Padres vs. Giants, Game #2

Galarraga tags out Mark Kotsay at first base

The red-hot San Francisco Giants, riding a nine-game winning streak, entered Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres having stretched their lead in the NL West to eleven games over second-place Arizona. They looked to extend their streak to ten against right-hander Kevin Jarvis.

July 26, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 0

WP K. Jarvis (4-2) 8IP 8H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K 0HR 3.91 ERA
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 base.

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.



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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