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LP S. Ponson (3-5) 5IP 11H 6R 5ER 0BB 5SO 0HR 3.84 ERA
The Padres got on the board in the first inning. With two outs, Brian Giles put the ball in play on the first pitch he saw and reached first on an infield single to third. Giles moved over to second as Phil Nevin singled to right. Gary Matthrews Jr. got the third consecutive hit of the inning, which was a double to deep left center, driving in Giles and Nevin. The inning was finally over when Mark Kotsay grounded out to shortstop Neifi Perez.
The Padres scored at least one run in six of the nine innings. Khalil Greene hit a ground rule double deep into center field and scored on a single by Gary Bennett in the second inning. Giles led off the third with a double as well, then moved to third when Nevin grounded out to second. Giles scored as Mark Kotsay got his first hit of the game, giving the Padres a 4-0 lead.
The Giants had some difficulty scoring in the game. Jake Peavy pitched 6 1/3 innings. He only allowed six hits and three runs, with two strikeouts and one walk. The Giants only scored in the third. The inning started off when Yorvit Torrealba hit a jack to left – his fourth homer of the season. With one out, Ponson tried to help his cause with a single to left. Eric Young proceeded to draw a walk. The runners advanced to second and third as Neifi Perez grounded out to first. Ponson and Young finally came in to score when Jeffrey Hammonds singled to center with two outs. The Giants had caught up to the Padres, and cut their lead to one with a score of 4-3 Padres.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the Padres continued to score and the Giants were unable to take the lead. The Padres scored a couple more runs, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. Both which were runs brought in by sacrifice flies. After the fifth inning, Chad Zerbe came into the game in relief of Ponson. Ponson was in the game for five innings, and gave up eleven hits, a season high. He allowed six runs (five which were earned) and five strike-outs.
Zerbe pitched two innings, striking out three, walking one and giving up one run, which came in the seventh. With one out, Zerbe walked Kotsay. Greene then doubled into deep right center field, bringing in Kotsay from first and making the score 7-3 Padres. This was the last run scored for the Padres. Noah Lowry pitched two innings and allowed no hits, one walk and one strike-out.
The Giants failed to sweep the Padres and the Padres managed to end a six-game losing streak.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Yorvit Torrealba. He was 2-3 in today's game with his fourth solo homer of the season. Also, Noah Lowry, who pitched a brilliant last two innings of the game.
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