Rewind: Giants vs. Expos, Game #1

Jesse Foppert pitches against the Montreal Expos

The San Francisco Giants, winless in their two most recent contests, entered a weekend series with the Montreal Expos in search of a victory. They sent rookie Jesse Foppert to the mound to face former Giant Livan Hernandez, who went for win number thirteen on the year.

August 15, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Montreal 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 x 4 6 0

WP L. Hernandez (13-7) 9IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 9SO 0HR 3.08 ERA
LP J. Foppert (8-9) 6 1/3IP 6H 4R 4ER 3BB 2SO 2HR 5.02 ERA

The Expos scored single runs in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh against Foppert, who threw 102 pitches and lasted six and a third. Jose Vidro, the second batter Foppert faced in the game, belted a 3-2 fastball over the wall in straightaway center field to give the Expos an early 1-0 lead. Vidro also scored Montreal's second run of the game, walking to lead off the fourth and coming home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Wil Cordero. In the sixth inning, a one-out free pass from Foppert, the second of three he would issue in the game, put Orlando Cabrera at first base for number five hitter Ron Calloway. Calloway moved Cabrera to second on a groundout, and Cabrera scored on a two-out single from Cordero, who picked up his second RBI of the day. Brian Schneider's seventh-inning home run, his eighth of the year, was the fourth and final run for the Expos.

On the opposing side, the Giants, playing their first game since Barry Bonds was placed on the bereavement list, could not muster much offense against Hernandez. They mounted threats in only two different innings, and squandered chances in both. Their first scoring opportunity came in the second, when Edgardo Alfonzo, with good career numbers against the big right-hander, roped a double into the gap in left center. Former Expo Andres Galarraga shot Hernandez's next pitch into right field to put runners at the corners with nobody out. After Neifi Perez popped out, Benito Santiago coaxed a walk to load the bases for Pedro Feliz. On the first pitch he saw from Hernandez, Feliz grounded a ball through the left side of the infield to plate Alfonzo, producing only the third Giant hit in 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the road trip. With one out and the bases still loaded, Giants starting pitcher Jesse Foppert came to bat with a chance to help his own cause, but grounded into a 5-2-3 double play to end the threat.

The Giants rallied again in the third, stringing together two singles against Hernandez, but their offensive woes with men in scoring position continued as they stranded both runners.

Though they did not know it at the time, Alfonzo's single in the third marked the last time the Giants would put a runner on in the game. Hernandez retired the last nineteen batters he faced to pick up his sixth complete game of the season. He surrendered five hits to his former team, walking only one and striking out nine to improve his record to 13-7 and lower his ERA to 3.07 on the season.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo went 2-4 against Hernandez with a single and a double to continue his second half success. With those two hits, he raised his average to .253, tying his season high.



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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