Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #3

Jesse Foppert gets his seventh win of the season

The Padres ended the Giants' winning streak at nine in the last game and in the rubber match of this series, the Giants looked for revenge. Seeking a 10-1 homestand before they hit the road, the Giants saw no room for mistakes.

July 27, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 3
San Francisco 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 x 6 10 2

WP J. Foppert (7-8) 6 2/3IP 6H 2R 2ER 2BB 7K 0HR 5.32 ERA
LP J. Peavy (8-8) 6IP 8H 6R 5ER 2BB 7K 1HR 4.67 ERA

Rookie Jesse Foppert looked for his seventh win of the season as he took the mound against the Padres' Jake Peavy. Peavy handed the Giants their first loss of the season after the Giants opened the season with a 7-0 record.

The Padres jumped on Foppert early as Mark Kotsay walked on a close pitch. Mark Loretta reached on a bunt single and Kotsay took third base on a throwing error by Pedro Feliz. Ryan Klesko hit a sacrifice fly to right field where Kotsay tagged and scored from third base, giving San Diego an early 1-0 lead.

That lead would not remain for long. The Giants came right back in their half of the first inning as Ray Durham led off with a double and scored on a Marquis Grissom bloop into left center, tying the game at one. Barry Bonds was walked on four pitches, but Andres Galarraga made the Padres pay. Galarraga smashed a double past center fielder, Kotsay, to empty the bases and to give the Giants a 1-3 edge.

The Padres made it close again in the third as Ramon Vasquez doubled and scored on a Loretta single.

For every run the Padres scored, the Giants came right back to score a few more in their half. In the bottom of the third, Jose Cruz, Jr. was safe at first as Peavy went off the bag to receive a high throw from Loretta. Grissom doubled, and with first base opened, Bonds was walked again, and Galarraga delivered again. With a Giant on every base, El Gato grounded a single through the middle to knock in Cruz and Grissom.

Feliz topped it off for the Giants as he slammed another jack against the Padres, this time it was very much fair and sailed into the power alley in straight away center.

Meanwhile, Foppert was lights out against the Padres and came out of the game in the seventh after getting two outs. Southpaw Scott Eyre retired the last batter of the inning on one pitch.

Matt Herges came into the game to face his former team. After giving up a double to the first batter he faced, Herges went on to retire the next six batters he faced for the final outs of the game. Herges also batted for himself in the ninth and reached on an error.

Game Notes: The Giants are 10-1 in this homestand. The Giants bench of Galarraga and Feliz were responsible for five of the six runs scored. Bonds picked up his third assist by picking off Sean Burroughs at first. The Padres and Giants combined for five errors, three for San Diego and two for San Francisco. Benito Santiago will be activated from the DL on Tuesday for the series against the Chicago Cubs and may make the start.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: El Gato Grande! The Big Cat collected four RBIs and had a double to lift the Giants into the win column again. He picked up for the offense that was lacking in yesterday's game and showed that his forty-two year old self is still able to play ball. J.T. Snow strained his groin again? Benito Santiago, the batter behind Barry Bonds, on the DL? No problem, El Gato's in the house.



Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at kwanchino@alpha-q.net

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