Rewind: Giants vs Brewers, Game #2

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Going into today's game, the Giants were one of four teams that remained unbeaten. Rookie Kurt Ainsworth took the mound, looking to continue the streak.

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

Ainsworth faced Milwaukee starter, Ben Sheets. The two go a long way back. Both born in Baton Rouge, LA, they were high school rivals and were later reunited when both were selected for the 2000 Olympics team which went on to win the gold.

Things did not start well for Sheets. After shortstop Neifi Perez singled and Barry Bonds walked, third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo singled to score Perez and sent Bonds to third. Benito Santiago started off his big day by singling to bring in Bonds.

Ainsworth couldn't hold the two-run lead. After picking off Alex Sanchez who reached on an infield single, the young Giants starter gave up two back-to-back home runs to Eric Young and Richie Sexson.

The game did not remain tied for long. With one out in the top of the third, Jose Cruz, Jr. singled. Bonds then hit a booming double to center field to score Cruz. After a walk to Alfonzo and a single to Santiago, Marquis Grissom singled to bring in Alfonzo to make the score 5-2.

Milwaukee would get one run back. Sanchez and Young both hit single to lead off the inning. Sanchez then scored on Sexson's flyout.

After three innings, both pitchers settled down and neither team would score off either starter again. In fact, neither team would score again until the eighth when Santiago homered off Valerio de los Santos to give San Francisco a three-run cushion that would later prove to be enormously crucial.

The performance by the Giants' bullpen was a little shaky. Felix Rodriguez gave up a run in the eighth when Wes Helms singled to score Sexson, making it a two-run game once again. Tim Worrell came in to pitch the ninth and close out the game. Royce Clayton lead off the inning with a standup double and later scored on Keith Ginter's single. After a nice play on a grounder by Sanchez, Worrell walked Young. With runners on first and second, Worrell struck out Sexson swinging. Eyre was then brought in and earned his first save of the season by getting John Vander Wal to pop out in foul territory to Santiago.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Benito Santiago went 3-4 with 3 RBI and made a very critical play behind the plate in the ninth with two outs and the tying and winning runs on base. He prevented a wild breaking pitch from Scott Eyre from getting past him. Had that ball gone all the way to the backstop, the winning run would have moved into scoring position, and the game could have ended on a single or error. Also, a mention to Kurt Ainsworth who pitched well, considering it was his first start of the season, and earned his first win of the year

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