Saturday, May 3, 2003

Reds 5, Giants 1



By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SAN FRANCISCO - While you were sleeping, Danny Graves was out proving that this starting experiment might work after all.

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Photos of Friday's game
Graves threw seven shutout innings in the Reds' 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants Friday night before a crowd of 35,486 in water-logged Pac Bell Park. Actually, the game ended early Saturday morning Cincinnati time.

It was Graves' first victory of the year and easily his finest outing as a starter. The seven innings were a career-high for Graves (1-2).

He allowed only six hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Graves had allowed at least four runs in each of his previous five starts.

"He was excellent," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "That's not a fluke. That's two in a row where he hit his spots. His velocity was up tonight."

Graves was obviously pleased.

"That's a confidence booster for me," Graves said. "(San Francisco's) a first place team, probably the best team in the National League so far this year."

The game, which was twice delayed by rain for a total of 86 minutes, didn't end until 2:48 EDT and it ended in a pouring rain.

The sleep deprivation did not bother the Reds a bit. The victory, the Reds' seventh in nine games, put them within three games of .500 (13-16) for the first time since the opening series sweep by Pittsburgh.

"Winning makes it so much better," Graves said. "When you win you don't mind staying there all day."

Five different Reds drove in runs. Jason LaRue hit the Reds' only homer of the night. Felipe Lopez had a big night, despite going 0-for-3. He walked twice, stole two bases and scored two runs.

Getting this one started proved to be the task of the night. It rained pretty much all day long here. It stopped around game time, but it took the grounds crew 52 minutes to get the field in playable condition.

After the long delay, the rain held off only long enough for the Reds to get through their half of the first inning. San Francisco starter Kurt Ainsworth struck out the side around hits from Sean Casey and Austin Kearns.

But, as the Reds took the field for bottom half of the inning, the sky opened up again.

The tarp went back on for another 36-minute delay.

"That might have been the best thing for me," Graves said. "I was in (the clubhouse) watching TV. They said the game's (restarting) in 25 minutes. I thought it would be at least an hour. I didn't have time to think about it."

Once things really got started, Graves came out throwing as well as he has all year.

He didn't allow a hit until the third and didn't allow a runner past second all night.

"My sinker was better," he said. "I threw 101 pitches. I bet 80 were sinkers. That's my pitch. I had gotten away from it. I've got to stay aggressive."

The Reds broke through in the fifth. Lopez walked and stole second (his fifth steal of the year). Ainsworth struck out Adam Dunn. But Casey came through with a shot off the 365 mark in right for a double.

After Ainsworth walked Kearns, Ainsworth's sixth walk of the night, he was done. The Giants brought on former Red Jim Brower. It was Brower's first appearance against the Reds since he was traded last year.

Aaron Boone beat out an infield single to load the bases. Jose Guillen then got a run home with a groundout.

Brower got Ryan Freel to ground out to end the inning, but the Reds had a 2-0 lead.

The lead was 3-0 after Brower's next pitch. LaRue jumped on the first pitch of the sixth inning and drove it out to dead center for his third home run of the year.

An out later, Lopez walked and stole second again. This time he went to third when catcher Benito Santiago's throw went into center.

"That was big," Boone said.

Lopez scored when Dunn grounded one through the Giants' draw-in infield.

Guillen tripled with one out in the seventh. Freel got him home with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze. It was Freel's first big league RBI.

The Giants got on the board when Barry Bonds led off the eighth with a long home run to right off Felix Heredia.

Scott Sullivan pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to close it out.

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                    1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
                    -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
CINCINNATI          0  0  0   0  2  2   1  0  0     5  9  2
SAN FRANCISCO       0  0  0   0  0  0   0  1  0     1 10  1  (FINAL)

BATTERIES: CIN - DANNY GRAVES, FELIX HEREDIA (8TH),
SCOTT SULLIVAN (8TH) AND JASON LARUE 

           SFO - KURT AINSWORTH, JIM BROWER (5TH), SCOTT EYRE 
                 (8TH), CHAD ZERBE (9TH) AND BENITO SANTIAGO 


            WP - DANNY GRAVES (1-2)
            LP - KURT AINSWORTH (3-2)
          SAVE - NONE

HOME RUNS: CIN - JASON LARUE (3) OFF JIM BROWER IN THE 6TH, 0 ON 

           SFO - BARRY BONDS (9) OFF FELIX HEREDIA IN THE 8TH, 0 ON 



     TIME: 2:55     ATT: 35,486

PROBABLES: CIN - PAUL WILSON (1-2, 3.48)
           SFO - JESSE FOPPERT (0-2, 5.54)
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Extended Box


CINCINNATI (5) VS SAN FRANCISCO (1) - FINAL

CINCINNATI             ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
F Lopez ss              3  2  0  0   2  1   0  .237
A Dunn lf               5  0  1  1   0  2   1  .237
 F Heredia p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 S Sullivan p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
S Casey 1b              4  1  2  1   1  0   1  .321
A Kearns cf-rf          3  0  1  0   2  0   1  .303
A Boone 3b              5  0  3  0   0  2   2  .271
J Guillen rf-lf         5  1  1  1   0  0   1  .300
R Freel 2b              3  0  0  1   0  0   2  .158
 J Castro 2b            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .278
J LaRue c               2  1  1  1   2  0   0  .232
D Graves p              3  0  0  0   0  1   2  .154
 a-R Mateo ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .171
 R Taylor cf            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .220

Totals                 34  5  9  5   7  6  10

a-grounded to pitcher for D Graves in the 8th.

BATTING: 2B - S Casey (4, K Ainsworth). 3B - J Guillen (1, J Brower).
HR - J Larue (3, 6th inning off J Brower 0 on, 0 Out). 
S - R Freel. 
RBI - S Casey (16), J Guillen (13), J LaRue (10), A Dunn (18), 
R Freel (1). 
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Guillen 1, A Boone 1, 
R Freel 2. 
Team LOB - 10. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - F Lopez 2 (6, 2nd base off K Ainsworth/B Santiago, 
2nd base off J Brower/B Santiago). 
 
FIELDING: E - A Boone (2, throw); R Freel (1, throw). 
DP: 1 (J LaRue-F Lopez). 
 

SAN FRANCISCO          ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
R Durham 2b             4  0  2  0   1  1   1  .321
N Perez ss              5  0  1  0   0  0   3  .210
B Bonds lf              4  1  1  1   1  1   2  .284
J Cruz rf               4  0  1  0   0  2   3  .314
J Snow 1b               4  0  0  0   0  0   1  .306
B Santiago c            4  0  1  0   0  0   1  .291
E Alfonzo 3b            4  0  2  0   0  0   1  .194
M Grissom cf            4  0  1  0   0  1   3  .263
K Ainsworth p           2  0  0  0   0  2   2  .091
 J Brower p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .500
 a-M Benard ph          1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .087
 S Eyre p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 C Zerbe p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-P Feliz ph           1  0  1  0   0  0   0  .227

Totals                 37  1 10  1   2  7  17

a-grounded to second for J Brower in the 7th;  
b-doubled to center for C Zerbe in the 9th.

BATTING: 2B - P Feliz (1, S Sullivan). 
HR - B Bonds (9, 8th inning off F Heredia 0 on, 0 Out). 
RBI - B Bonds (17). 
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - K Ainsworth 1, 
M Grissom 2, E Alfonzo 1, B Bonds 1, J Cruz 2. 
Team LOB - 11. 
 
BASERUNNING: CS - N Perez (2, 2nd base by D Graves/J LaRue). 
 
FIELDING: E - B Santiago (2, throw). 
Outfield assists - J Cruz (S Casey at Home). 
 

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    CINCINNATI      - 000 022 100   --   5
    SAN FRANCISCO   - 000 000 010   --   1
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CINCINNATI                   ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
D Graves (W, 1-2)             7       6   0   0   2   5   0   6.23
F Heredia                       2/3   1   1   1   0   0   1   2.35
S Sullivan                    1 1/3   3   0   0   0   2   0   3.24

SAN FRANCISCO                ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
K Ainsworth (L, 3-2)          4 1/3   4   2   2   6   5   0   4.81
J Brower                      2 2/3   4   3   3   1   1   1   6.75
S Eyre                        1       0   0   0   0   0   0   3.27
C Zerbe                       1       1   0   0   0   0   0   8.71

WP - D Graves. IBB - B Bonds (by D Graves). 
Pitches-strikes: D Graves 101-59; F Heredia 14-9; S Sullivan 20-15; 
K Ainsworth 101-57; J Brower 51-31; S Eyre 6-4; C Zerbe 15-9. 
Ground balls-fly balls: D Graves 8-7; F Heredia 1-1; S Sullivan 0-2; 
K Ainsworth 4-3; J Brower 7-0; S Eyre 2-1; C Zerbe 2-1. 
Batters faced: D Graves 29; F Heredia 3; S Sullivan 7; 
K Ainsworth 22; J Brower 13; S Eyre 3; C Zerbe 4. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Paul Emmel. 1B--Joe West. 
2B--Jeff Kellogg. 3B--Bill Miller. 

T--2:55. (Plus a rain delay totaling 36 minutes in the 1st). 
Att--35,486. 

Weather: 54 degrees, overcast. 
Wind: 5 mph, out to right.
 
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How They Scored

CINCINNATI 5TH: F Lopez walked. F Lopez stole second. A Dunn struck out swinging. S Casey doubled to deep right center, F Lopez scored. A Kearns walked. J Brower relieved K Ainsworth. A Boone reached on infield single to second, S Casey to third, A Kearns to second. J Guillen grounded out to shortstop, S Casey scored, A Kearns to third, A Boone to second. R Freel grounded out to third. (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors) CINCINNATI 2, SAN FRANCISCO 0.

CINCINNATI 6TH: J LaRue homered to center. D Graves grounded out to catcher. F Lopez walked. F Lopez stole second, F Lopez safe at third on throwing error by catcher B Santiago. A Dunn singled to center, F Lopez scored. S Casey grounded into fielder's choice to second, A Dunn out at second. A Kearns grounded out to third. (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error) CINCINNATI 4, SAN FRANCISCO 0.

CINCINNATI 7TH: A Boone struck out swinging. J Guillen tripled to deep right center. R Freel sacrificed to pitcher, J Guillen scored. J LaRue grounded out to third. (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors) CINCINNATI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 0.

SAN FRANCISCO 8TH: F Heredia relieved D Graves. J Guillen in left field. R Taylor in center field. A Kearns in right field. B Bonds homered to right center. J Cruz flied out to center. J Snow grounded out to first. S Sullivan relieved F Heredia. B Santiago reached on infield single to third. E Alfonzo singled to center, B Santiago to second. M Grissom struck out swinging. (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors) CINCINNATI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 1.




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