Rewind: Diamondbacks vs Giants, Game #1

Jerome Williams pitches against Dbacks

Tonight's game was a rookie match-up as two of the best National League rookie pitchers took to the mound, Jerome Williams and Brandon Webb. Giants hoping to extend their winning streak to six, like wise, the snakes wanted to add another game on with their rough roadtrip.

September 5, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 8 13 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2

WP B. Webb (9-7) 7IP 3H 1R 1ER 5BB 6SO 0HR 2.51 ERA
LP J. Williams (6-4) 6 2/3IP 8H 4R 4ER 0BB 3SO 1HR 3.45 ERA

The scoreboard read 0-0 until the fourth rolled around. Ray Durham hit a single over the second basemen. Then J.T. Snow was up who got issued a walk, putting Durham into scoring position. Marquis Grissom grounded into a double play, but Durham managed to slip over to third. With two outs, and one man on third, it was up to Benito Santiago to change things around. He hit a single right into center field, making it 0-1, Giants. Rich Aurilia flyed out, ending the bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the sixth with two outs, Luis Gonzalez hit a solo home run – his 23rd of the season. The score was now tied, at 1-1.

Once the top of the seventh came in, Williams, as well as the rest of Giants were in over their heads. The D'Back's hitting parade began when Alex Cintron hit a single. Danny Bautista grounded out, which Cintron moved second. Catcher, Robby Hamock, singled into center driving in Cintron. The D'Backs now had the lead. With two outs, Webb stepped in, hitting the ball to center, which Marquis caught, so we all thought. Tim Tschida, the first base umpire, made the statement that Grissom had not caught the ball. San Francisco tried to rebuttal, but it didn't happen tonight. With Jason Christiansen warming up in the bullpen, Williams was taken out of the game. Steve Finley hit a single bringing in another run, 3-1, Arizona. Matt Kata was walked, setting it up for Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez was walked and the score once again changed to 4-1, Arizona. Shea Hillenbrand hit a single and scored two runs. Cintron, who was up for the second time this inning, hit a single making the bases loaded once again. Bautista scored two runs. Then finally Hammock grounded out and ended the long, rough inning for San Francisco.

As hard as the Giants tried, the efforts were worthless as they handed game one over to Arizona, 8-1.

Game Notes: Rich Aurilia was thrown out of the game in the seventh inning after arguing a third strike call with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game:I think it would have to be Jose Cruz Jr. in the fifth. When Hammock slammed the ball into right, Cruz threw it all the way to third, preventing base runner Danny Bautista to get 90 feet closer to scoring. This was his 18th outfield assist of the season.



Gabrielle DeLouche is a true Giants fan who resides right outside of San Francisco. She loves writing sports stories and can be contacted at peachie34@sbcglobal.net.

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