The 22-year-old rookie got off to a shaky start. He managed to strike out a very hot hitting Mark Kotsay, as well as strike out Merloni, who had to be thrown out at first because Benito Santiago dropped the ball. He didn’t have that kind of luck with Rondell White, though, as White hit a big solo homer, which put the Padres up by one run.
The Padres’ starter, Jake Peavy, who had won his last four games, gave up the tying run via a solo homer from J.T. Snow in the top of the third. The Giants then went on to rack up a hit, a walk, and Yorvit Torrealba produced an RBI single. Torrealba came in for an injured Benito Santiago, who injured his left pinky finger sliding into third in the second inning on a fly-out hit by Rich Aurilia.
The two runs simply would not do for the win, though. Merloni of the Padres singled in the bottom of the third, followed by a pop fly to right by White. This set up for a two-run homer from Ryan Klesko. After that, Jesse Foppert gave up a triple, but he escaped with a sac fly and a groundout.
The Giants countered in the next half-inning. After Aurilia hit a pop-fly to start the inning, Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk, Foppert recorded his second hit of the year, this one a single, and Ray Durham hit a 2 RBI triple into the Giants bullpen. This hit caused a heated debate, as to whether or not the ball bounced into the ball bag, but ultimately, the Giants garnered the call. After that, the Giants got a sacrifice from Snow, another hit, and Barry Bonds made Peavy pay (and perhaps rather peeved) by hitting a big 2 run homerun, his 73rd against San Diego, his 638th lifetime.
Apparently, the base hit and a little bit of running got Foppert going, because he struck out the side afterwards. Donaldo Mendez, the shortstop; Adam Eaton, the pinch hitter for Peavy; and Kotsay, the centerfielder, went down and grabbed some pine.
The next inning seemed like it would be the same, as it started with a strikeout, but it would be Foppert’s last. He went past 100 pitches, and he got into some trouble, but he managed to get out of it with just one run in damage. Make that seven to five, Giants.
Linebrink, a former Giants prospect, came into the game in the sixth inning and shut down the Giants in order: one, two, three. The Padres scored again in the sixth against Joe Nathan.
Matt Herges took out the four, five, and six hitters in order in the top of the seventh inning. Joe Nathan and Scott Eyre combined to do the same to the Padres in the bottom of the inning. The eighth was similar.
In the ninth inning, the Giants picked up a walk, a fielder’s choice, another walk, a strikeout, and with those two outs, Jose Cruz hit a single that would score Marquis Grissom to give the Giants another run to pad their lead. Aurilia hit a fly ball for an out.
Worrell closed down the Padres in the ninth with nine pitches, eight of them strikes. Two strikeouts, one groundout.
SFDugout.com’s Player of the Game: Torrealba came in on short notice, Bonds hit another homerun, and Foppert got his fifth win, but tonight’s call goes to J.T. Snow. Snow, coming back off the disabled list, kept the Giants in the game with his homerun to right field bleachers in the third. He played tight defense, directed the rookie in fielding, and had a would-be hit stolen from him by Klesko. Snow was a vital part of the Giants’ win tonight.
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