WP F. Rodriguez (8-2) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO HR 3.21 ERA
|September 14, 2003
LP E. Estrella (6-3) 1 2/3IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 4.05 ERA
Rookie Kevin Correia earned a spot in the starting rotation and will be
highly considered for a spot in the playoff rotation after being known
for his excellent command. He went up against lefty, Wayne Franklin,
who gave up thirty-five homeruns this season.
The Brewers homered in the first inning for a second game in a row.
This one came off the bat of Brady Clark to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead
with two outs. Correia lost the strike zone as he walked Richie Sexson
on four pitches, and gave up a base hit to Wes Helms. Pete Zocolillo
drilled a grounder up the middle that deflected off Correia towards
Edgardo Alfonzo, who charged the ball and threw to first for the final
put out of the inning.
The Giants wasted no time in their half of the first as Rich Aurilia
drilled one into the left field corner, but the ball was touched by a
fan, if he can call himself a fan, so Aurilia was limited to an
automatic double. Andres Galarraga followed with his own double to
left-center field to drive in Aurilia as the tying run.
Correia continued struggling with his command as he gave up a walk to
Keith Osik to begin the second inning. Bill Hall had a bunt single, and
Franklin laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over. Scott
Posendnik flied out to enable Osik to tag and score, but in an attempt
to take third base, Hall was tagged out to end the inning.
The Giants would not back down as Benito Santiago led off the bottom of
the second with a double. Marquis Grissom flied out deep enough to
bring Santiago to third. Jose Cruz, Jr. singled up the middle to drive
the tying run in.
The young rookie had no idea where his pitches were going. Correia hit
Clark and Sexson with pitches, but got Helms to strike out for the
second out. He walked Zocolillo to load the bases, and that was the
last batter he would face for the day. Journeyman, Dustin Hermanson,
who was bumped from the starting rotation for Correia, entered the game
in an attempt to get out of the jam Correia created. With two pitches,
Hermanson was able to strand all the base runners as Osik grounded out.
In the top of the fourth, Hall led off the inning with a single. He was
bunted over to second by Franklin, and on a pitch in the dirt that was
not handled by Santiago, Hall took third base. Posendnik hit a fly ball
to centerfield, where Hall tagged and scored.
Cruz cracked his ninteenth roundtripper of the season to tie the game
in the bottom of the fifth.
Hermanson was looking very good through his innings in relief, retiring
ten batters in a row, but ran into some trouble in the seventh. After
getting his second strikeout victim in Franklin, he gave up a double to
Posendnik. After being ahead of Keith Ginter and then eventually
hitting Ginter with a pitch, Hermanson made his exit for Jim Brower.
Brower was able to get Clark to hit into a very important 6-4-3 double
play with the dangerous Sexson on deck.
Brower continued to be impressive as he struck out the side in the
eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Alou went to his bench and
summoned none other than Barry Bonds to face reliever Mike Crudale.
Despite the excitement by the crowd and the anticipation of Bonds
getting a pitch to hit, Bonds was walked. Eric Young was put into the
game to pinch run for Bonds.
Tim Worrell came into the game for relief in the ninth, and gave up an
RBI single to the hot hitting Posendnik, giving the Brewers a one run
Benito Santiago led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and Cody Ransom entered the game to pinch run for him. Grissom laid down a
sacrifice bunt to move Ransom to second, and Pedro Feliz tripled to
drive in the tying run with two outs. Ray Durham grounded out and the
extra innings began.
Worrell buckled down in the tenth as he gave up a one out single to
Sexson, but redeemed that with three strikeouts in the inning.
The Giants had an opportunity in the tenth as Aurilia had a single, but
was forced out at second on Galarraga’s grounder. Galarraga was never
advanced further than first.
Felix Rodriguez relieved Worrell in the eleventh and got into a jam
with the bases loaded and only one out, but proceeded to strike out the
next two batters to have the Brewers’ strand the bases loaded for the
second time in the game.
With two outs, the Giants had the winning run in scoring position in
the eleventh as Grissom had an infield single and Feliz hit a grounder
up the middle. Durham was walked, and that brought the youngster, Todd Linden, to the plate. Linden hit a roller past the mound into
centerfield and the Giants have won their 90th game of the season.
Game Notes: This was the first pinch hit appearance by Barry Bonds all
season... Eric Young stole his first base as a Giant in the 8th...
Bonds was thrown out of the game after arguing with homeplate umpire,
Jim Reynolds. This was after Reynolds called Rich Aurilia out on strike
three, and Bonds disagreed with Reynolds’ call and Reynolds’ strike
zone. Bonds was already pulled from the game for a pinch hitter... This
game marked the fourth season in a row where the Giants have won 90
games... Bonds’ walk tied Babe Ruth’s record of 2,062... The magic
number is now five.
SFDugout.com’s Players of the Game: The bullpen provided a great lift for a struggling
young arm. Kevin Correia only completed two and two-thirds innings, but
Dustin Hermanson, Jim Brower, and Felix Rodriguez were lights out in
long relief duty. Pedro Feliz also had a great game in limited duty as
he came into the game in the seventh inning. He drove in the tying run
in the bottom of the ninth, and enabled the inning to continued with
another base hit in the Giants’ winning inning.
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