Rewind: Brewers vs Giants, Game #3

The Giants tried to win the last series this season against the Brewers in the Sunday rubber match. After an intense game the day before, there was nothing less nerve wrecking about this extra inning contest, but fortunately for the Giants, the result was different.

September 14, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Milwaukee 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 9 0
San Francisco 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 11 1

WP F. Rodriguez (8-2) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO HR 3.21 ERA
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 lead.

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.



Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at kwanchino@alpha-q.net

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