Sunday, May 4, 2003

First win of season gives Graves shot of confidence



By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Graves threw seven shutout innings in the Reds' 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on a waterlogged night at Pac Bell Park.

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

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 obviously was 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, delayed twice by rain for a total of 86 minutes, didn't end until 2:48 a.m. EDT.

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.

But it was Graves' night. The key was the return to his sinker.

"That's my pitch," Graves said. "Early this season, I was getting away from it. I was throwing breaking balls and trying to throw changeups when I didn't need to. (Pitching coach Don Gullett) and (bullpen coach Tom Hume) both told me to stay aggressive. Throw what got you here."

Late Friday

CincinnatiABRHBIBBSOAvg.
FLopez ss320021.237
Dunn lf501102.237
Heredia p000000---
Sullivan p000000---
Casey 1b412110.321
Kearns cf-rf301020.303
ABoone 3b503002.271
JGuillen rf-lf511100.300
Freel 2b300100.158
JCastro 2b000000.278
LaRue c211120.232
Graves p300001.154
RMateo ph100000.171
Taylor cf000000.220
Totals3459576

San FranciscoABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Durham 2b402011.321
NPerez ss501000.210
Bonds lf411111.284
JoCruz rf401002.314
Snow 1b400000.306
BSantiago c401000.291
Alfonzo 3b402000.194
Grissom cf401001.263
Ainsworth p200002.091
Brower p000000.500
Benard ph100000.087
Eyre p000000---
Zerbe p000000---
Feliz ph101000.227
Totals37110127

Cincinnati000022100-592
San Francisco000000010-1101

E-ABoone (2), Freel (1), BSantiago (2).

DP-Cincinnati 1.

CincinnatiIPHRERBBSONPERA
Graves W, 1-27600251016.23
Heredia2/311100142.35
Sullivan1 1/330002203.24

San FranciscoIPHRERBBSONPERA
Ainsworth L, 3-24 1/3422651024.81
Brower2 2/343311506.75
Eyre10000063.27
Zerbe110000158.71
Inherited runners-scored-Brower 2-1.

IBB-off Graves (Bonds) 1. WP-Graves.

T-2:55. A-35,486 (41,503).




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