Rewind: Doubleheader, Dodgers vs Giants Game 2 & 3

Cruz congratulated after his three-run homer

The Giants host a doubleheader today against the Los Angeles Dodgers as they try to up their record over the Braves to gain homefield advantage.

Game #2 of series

September 27, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 7 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

WP E. Jackson (2-1) 6IP 2H 0R 0ER 8BB 7SO 0HR 2.45 ERA
LP J. Williams (7-5) 5IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 3SO 2HR 3.30 ERA

In the first game of tonight's doubleheader, the Giants are looking to up their record, in hopes of reaching 100 wins. Rookie Jerome Williams faced fellow rookie Edwin Jackson in this second game of the series.

The Dodgers got on the board fast with a run in the first inning. With two outs, Williams issued a walk to Shawn Green. Robin Ventura then doubled into center field and Green scored.

This was the only run scored in the game from both sides, until the top of the ninth inning.

Williams pitched five innings, allowing one hit, striking out three and walking one. His opponent lasted longer than him in the game, pitching six innings and allowing two hits, issuing eight walks, and striking out seven. The Giants had their chances, but failed to produce.

Tim Worrell came into the game to pitch the ninth and the Dodgers were able to collect some insurance runs. Green was issued another walk with one out already in the inning. Ventura advanced Green to second with a single to right. Adrian Beltre singled as well bringing in Green from second. With runners on second and first, Jeromy Burnitz loaded the bases with a single to right. Two runs scored when Cesar Izturis reached base on and infield single to second and Jolbert Cabrera followed with a single to center to bring in another run. The top of the ninth finally ended when Dave Roberts grounded out to second.

The Dodgers had a 5-0 lead and sent out Eric Gagne to close the game, though this was not a save opportunity. Gagne pitched the inning allowing no hits, no walks, and striking out one. The Dodgers had shutout the Giants in the first game of a double header. Now on to the second game of the day.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jerome Williams did a fine job in only allowing one run in the game to the Dodgers. He made 72 pitches with 51 of them being strikes.

Game #3 of series

September 27, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 7 2
San Francisco 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 x 6 13 0

WP J. Nathan (12-4) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.96 ERA
LP G. Mota (6-3) 1IP 2H 3R 3ER 0BB 1SO 1HR 1.81 ERA
S T. Worrell (38) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2SO 0HR 2.87 ERA

Tonight, the Giants made up a game that was supposed to be played against the Dodgers on April 12, but due to rain, it was postponed. They played tonight's game with homefield advantage at stake. With Dustin Hermanson on the mound, they hoped to get a bit closer to it.

The Giants stamped a run on the board first in the beginning of the game. In the first inning, with Marquis Grissom on second and Rich Aurilia on first, Andres Galarraga came up to the plate and hit a RBI single into center, giving the Giants an early one run lead.

Hermanson pitched well through 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, issuing two walks and striking out four. He gave up one homer in the third to Dave Ross, his tenth home run of the season. This tied the game up, until the bottom of the fourth, when the Giants took the lead. With one out, Pedro Feliz was safe at first on an error by Cesar Izturis. Masao Kida, the starting pitcher for the Dodgers, threw a wild pitch and Feliz was able to advance to second. Todd Linden then singled to right and Feliz scored.

The fight for the lead in the game continued as the Dodgers tied the game in the sixth. The inning began with a double off the bat of Jolbert Cabrera. Shawn Green followed with a single to right field and the bases were loaded as Hermanson walked Robin Ventura. Adrian Beltre fouled out to first base and this was the last batter Hermanson faced. Southpaw Scott Eyre entered the game hoping to lessen the damage. Jeromy Burnitz grounded into a fielder's choice to second and Cabrera came in to score. With runners on first and third, Eyre loaded the bases again by walking Ross. Fortunately, Alex Cora flied out to end the inning.

However, the Dodgers were able to take the lead in the seventh. Felix Rodriguez relieved Eyre. He issued a walk to Joe Thurston, who advanced to second when Izturis sacrificed to the catcher. Rodriguez then threw a wild pitch allowing Thurston to more over to third. He was able to score when Green doubled to deep left center. The Dodgers now had a 3-2 lead.

The lead didn't last for long, as the Giants were able to tie it in their half of that inning. Galarraga grounded into a fielder's choice. He then got his first stolen base of the season. Pedro Feliz followed with a single to right field driving in the Big Cat from second base.

The Giants took control of the game in the bottom of the eighth. Guillermo Mota came into the game and the first batter he faced, Marvin Benard, doubled to right. Yorvit Torrealba grounded into a fielder's choice. Cora snagged the ball and threw it to third, as Marvin Benard was on his way there. Benard was safe, so there were now runners at first and third. Eric Young came in to pinch run for Benard. With no outs on the board, Jose Cruz, Jr. hit his twentieth roundtripper of the season high and deep into right field.

Tim Worrell now had a chance to redeem himself from the earlier game. He quickly took care of business, striking out two of the three batters he faced, collecting his 38th save of the season. With a 6-3 Giants win tonight, they have a chance tomorrow to take home field advantage away from the Braves with a Giants win and a Braves loss.

Game Notes: Rich Aurilia got his 1,000th career hit in the fifth inning with a single into center field. Congratulations Rich Aurilia! Andres Galarraga is still on the search for two more homers to get him to 400 career jacks.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jose Cruz Jr. because his three-run-homer gave the Giants the lead in the game. Also, the Big Cat, who got his first stolen bag of the season and it was one to remember. I must mention Rich Aurilia as well, who got his 1,000th and 1,001 career hits tonight. Tim Worrell did a great job closing the game, especially after a terrible outing in the first game of the day.



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