Rewind: Rockies vs Giants, Game #2

Rich Aurilia hits second grand slam of the season

To end this two-game series against the Colorado Rockies, the Giants send Kirk Rueter to the mound, who hasn't won a game since coming off the disabled list.

September 3, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 7 0
San Francisco 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 14 1

WP J. Nathan (9-3) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 2.90 ERA
LP B. Fuentes (3-2) 2/3IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.56 ERA

The Rockies immediately got on the board in the first inning. With one out, Chris Stynes homered into left center field. This was the first of four homers that starting pitcher Kirk Rueter gave up in the game.

The Giants were able to take an early lead in the game. Jason Jennings started the game for the Rockies and just like Rueter, ran into some trouble. Jeffrey Hammonds, the first batter he faced, doubled to deep left field. He moved over to third on a single to right hit off the bat of first baseman J.T. Snow. Jose Cruz, Jr. failed to bring in a run and Barry Bonds was intentionally walked – his 52nd of the season- loading up the bases for Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo was unable to produce, leaving the job up to shortstop Rich Aurilia. With the count at two balls and two strikes, Aurilia hit a bomb into left center – his second grand slam of the season. The inning ended with the Giants leading 4-1.

However, as soon as the second inning began, the Rockies cut the Giants' lead to two. Jay Payton hit a homer deep into center field, his first of two homers in the game. Payton hit another jack in the fourth inning giving him 24 homers in the season and his second multihomer game within five days.

The Rockies again scored in the third inning. Ronnie Belliard doubled off of Rueter. Todd Helton put the ball in play and was safe at first on an error by Snow. On the play, Belliard scored. The Giants lead was again cut by a run, as the score became 4-3.

The Giants attempted to extend their lead in the third. With two outs, Alfonzo singled to shallow right and advanced to second on Aurilia's single to left. Neifi Perez came up and hit a single to drive in Alfonzo, bringing the score to 5-3.

Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long at all. Payton hit his second homer of the game, again only giving the Giants a one run lead. The Rockies eventually took the lead in the fifth. Belliard started off the inning by drawing a walk. With Belliard running, Stynes then singled to right and Belliard made it to third. However, Stynes was tagged out at second when he tried to turn his single into a double. Helton was up next and with the count at 2-0, he hit a two-run jack into right. The Giants lost their lead with the score at 6-5 Rockies.

Jim Brower came into the game in relief of Kirk Rueter. Rueter went 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and six runs (five were earned). He struck out three, walked one, and giave up four homers. Brower went 1 2/3 innings, giving up no hits, walking one and striking out one. He maintains a 3.93 ERA.

The Giants were able to tie the game in the sixth inning. On the first pitch from Jennings, Yorvit Torrealba singled to center. Marvin Benard came into the game and sacrificed to the catcher, advancing Torrealba to second. He then moved to third on Hammonds ground out to second. Snow drove him in with a single to right. Snow tried to make it to second on his single, but was tagged out at second. The damage was done already and the game was tied.

The game remained quiet as the bullpens from both teams did a great job at keeping each other from scoring. For the Giants, Scott Eyre, Felix Rodriguez, and Joe Nathan didn't give up any hits to the Rockies.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants had their final chance to win the game without going into extra innings. Snow started off with a single to left. With one out, Bonds singled to deep right field, high off the wall. Snow made it to third and a pinch runner, Eric Young, took his place. Alfonzo came up and hit a sacrifice fly. Right fielder, Larry Walker caught the ball and threw home in an attempt to tag out Young. His throw was off line and Young dove home headfirst, scoring the Giants winning run.

Game Notes: Kirk Rueter has gave up four homers in the game, matching his career high. Jose Cruz, Jr. got his 17th outfield assist of the season.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Rich Aurilia. He continues to stay hot. He has been 7-8 in the series against the Rockies. Aurilia also started off the game with a bang, with his grand slam. He was 3-4 in the game. Also the bullpen did a great job. Rueter had a tough start, but the bullpen clearly contributed in giving the Giants the opportunity in winning the game by giving up no hits to the Rockies.



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