WP L. Hernandez (13-7) 9IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 9SO 0HR 3.08 ERA
|August 15, 2003
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.
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