WP K. Correia (3-1) 5.2IP 9H 3R 3ER 3BB 4SO 0HR 3.66 ERA
|September 28, 2003
LP W. Alravez (6-2) 2.0IP 8H 7R 5ER 2BB 1SO 1HR 2.37 ERA
Rookie Kevin Correia had an opportunity to make his last start this
season by trying to redeem himself of his performance against the
Dodgers in his last start. He went up against the former Giant, Wilson Alvarez, who came into this game with an ERA of less than two.
Correia looked like his struggle against the Dodgers continued into
this game as Los Angeles managed a run off him in the first inning.
Cesar Izturis had a bunt single and stole second base. He took third on
Jolbert Cabrera’s fly out to left and scored on Shawn Green’s groundout
However, the Giants came back five times as strong in their half of the
first inning as Ray Durham led off with a double. After J.T. Snow’s
flyout advanced Durham to third, Barry Bonds singled to right center,
where Cabrera trapped the ball to give Bonds his 90th RBI of the
season. Edgardo Alfonzo sent a hot potato into the left field corner to
put the Giants ahead for good with his season roundtripper total equal
to his jersey number.
Jeffrey Hammonds and Jose Cruz, Jr. extended the inning for the Giants
with singles, and Yorvit Torrealba was hit by the first pitch he saw
from Alvarez. Correia came to the plate to help his own cause with his
second major league hit and second major league RBI. Alvarez then
walked Durham to force in the Cruz as the Giants’ fifth run. Snow flied
out to finally end the inning.
Things continued to be a little shaky for Correia in the second inning
as he gave up a double to Adrian Beltre. David Ross flied out to enable
Beltre to take third, and Alex Cora had an infield hit to drive in
The Giants broke it open in the second with help from the Dodgers’
defense when Rich Aurilia led off with an infield single. Bonds doubled
to the right field corner where Aurilia went to third, but a throwing
error by Cora allowed Aurilia and Bonds to score. With no outs, Alfonzo
was walked on four pitches, but Hammonds struck out and Cruz hit into
an inning ending double play. Nonetheless, Alvarez was chased from the
game to make room for Collier
In the top of the third, Correia gave up lead off singles to Izturis
and Cabrera, but was able to work through the heart of the order to
strand both runners at first and second.
The Dodgers, however, were able to get one more run in the fourth as
Ross was walked and Cora singled. Reliever, Collier, walked, loading
the bases for Izturis, who singled through the right field hole to
drive in Ross. Cabrera promptly hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the
inning and potential threat.
In the sixth, Noah Lowry relieved Correia after he pitched five and
two-thirds innings. Lowry came into this game as his fourth appearance and
he has only allowed one hit since joining the Giants in September.
The Giants’ wiped out their starters in the sixth and sent up their
minor league line-up, which didn’t put on any less of a show. In his
first major league at-bat, Lowry had his first hit off Paul Shuey. Eric Young grounded to Beltre, but Beltre threw the ball away, allowing
Lowry to take third. Young stole second with Lance Nierko at the plate.
Nierko gathered his first major league knock with a double to drive in
Cody Ransom was in the batter’s box for the first time in the game,
where Collier threw a wild pitch to bring Nierko to third. Ransom
struck out for the first out of the inning, but Pedro Feliz followed
that with a demanding triple off the right field brick wall to give the
Giants ten runs for the second time in this series. Todd Linden and
Hammonds struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Feliz continued his career season by
smacking his sixteenth bomb of the season with Young on base, who
singled, giving the Giants a 3-12 lead.
Jason Christiansen came into the game in the ninth to retire the
Dodgers 1-2-3 and to give the Giants their 100th win of the season.
Game Notes: The last time the Giants had 100 wins was ten years ago in
1993... J.T. Snow stole his first base of the season in the fourth...
Tuesday will be Felipe Alou’s first postseason game as a manager. The
Giants will play host to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday in the
postseason opener with first pitch scheduled for 1:06... The Atlanta
Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies to win homefield advantage in
the playoffs... The Giants’ 57 wins at Pac Bell Park this season broke
the old record of 55 in 2000. The next highest home record for the
Giants is 61-21, which was set in 1961 at Candlestick... The Giants are
30-9 at home in the second half this season... Today was Pac Bell’s
52nd sellout of the season.
Players of the Game: With another explosive offensive game, there were
many players responsible, but only a few stood out. Edgardo Alfonzo
continues to be a force batting behind Bonds, which will be important
going into the postseason to make teams think twice about walking
Bonds. Pedro Feliz had a hot season and ended his season with another
jack, showing depth for the Giants’ bench, which is a good indicator
for San Francisco going into the postseason. Noah Lowry made his last
appearance this season, but was no less impressive, and still with an
ERA of 0.00. He had his first major league hit, too. We also must
mention Lance Nierko for getting his first major league hit and two
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