Rewind: Braves vs Giants, Game #1

Giants celebrate after Bonds hits a walk off homer

The Giants are back home after a disappointing road trip, in which they were 0-6. With the return of Barry Bonds and Rich Aurilia in the lineup, they hope to get back into the win column. Though they'll have to get that win against former Giant, Russ Ortiz and the Atlanta Braves.

August 19, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 6 0
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 5 8 1

WP T. Worrell (4-3) 2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR 2.23 ERA
LP R. King (3-2) 0IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR 3.72 ERA

Russ Ortiz took the mound at Pacific Bell Park, but this time, in five years, it's not in a Giants jersey. Ortiz, now with the Braves, faced his former team who sent rookie Jerome Williams to start and hopefully end the losing streak.

The Braves jumped on the scoreboard early. With one out, Marcus Giles hit his 18th homer of the season into the bleachers in left center field in the first inning.

The Giants offensive game was different from the Braves. Instead of just hitting the longball, they played small ball. Their first run came in the bottom of the second. With one out, Benito Santiago singled into right field. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a flare into shallow center. Santiago knew that the ball wouldn't be caught and made his way to third. Neifi Perez brought him in with a sacrifice fly into center field.

The game was tied at one, until Williams gave up another home run to Gary Sheffield in the fourth inning. However, the Giants again tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with more small ball. Jose Cruz Jr. drew a walk, with one out. Rich Aurilia singled into center, moving Cruz over to second. Marquis Grissom then followed with an RBI double, driving Cruz in.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the seventh. Williams walked Robert Fick and faced Javy Lopez. Lopez hit a two-run jack into left center just like the two Braves that hit homers earlier, bringing the score to 4-3. Later in the inning, with two out and one on, Wiliams was taken out of the game and Joe Nathan was brought in. Despite giving up three home runs, Williams pitched a great game. He threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up six hits, walking only one and striking out three.

The Giants were able to cut the Braves' lead in the bottom of the seventh. Jose Cruz Jr. hit his 17th homer of the season out of the park just barely hitting the water for a splash hit.

Ortiz left the game in the bottom of the eighth. He gave up six hits, three runs (all earned), five walks, and struck out four. Trey Hodges came in the game in relief of Ortiz and faced Santiago. Santiago singled into left center and a pinch runner, Todd Linden, took his spot. Linden moved to third on ground outs from Alfonzo and Perez. Andres Galarraga came into the game to pinch hit for Nathan. The Giants got lucky when Hodges threw a wild pitch to the backstop, therefore Linden was able to score and tying up the game at four.

Closer Tim Worrell pitched the remaining innings in the game. He did a great job in keeping the Braves at only four runs. He allowed no hits, walked none and struck out one.

After a quiet ninth inning, the Giants hoped to win the game in the tenth, especially with Barry Bonds at the plate. Ray King came in relief of Hodges-King being the Bonds specialist for the Braves. Bonds had never gotten a hit off of King (0-6), well that is until tonight. With two balls and two strikes, Bonds hit home run number 38 of the season deep into McCovey Cove, thus winning the game for the San Francisco Giants.

Game Notes: Tonight's game was Rich Aurilia's first since his appendectomy and also Barry Bonds' since he was on bereavement leave. Right-handed reliever, Felix Rodriguez was also activated from the 15-day disabled list. Tony Torcato was optioned back to Fresno.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Obviously, Barry Bonds. His first game back since Tuesday, and he hits his eighth career game-winning home run. Bonds is now nine away from tying his godfather's record of 650 career homers. We must also mention the bullpen. Joe Nathan and Tim Worrell did an awesome job of keeping the Braves to only their four runs. Through 3 1/3 innings, they allowed no hits, no walks and struck out two.



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