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LP B. Howard (1-1) 5IP 4H 2R 2ER 5BB 4SO 2HR 3.63 ERA
It was homecoming for Kevin Correia. He grew up in the San Diego area and even went to college there. With his friends, families, and former teammates all watching, Correia gave the Giants a decent outing.
The Padres threatened in the first. With one out, Correia walked Mark Loretta. Recent acquisition Brian Giles then hit a single, allowing Loretta to advance to third. However, Phil Nevin then popped out. The Padres then attempted a double steal, but it was foiled by good defense from Rich Aurilia and Yorvit Torrealba.
San Diego scored only one run off Correia. Gary Matthews, Jr. led the inning off with a single. He advanced to second on a groundout by Ramon Vazquez and later scored on a single by Humberto Quintero.
Then home run derby began. In the top of the third, Torrealba hit a solo shot. Aurilia followed with one of his own in the top of the fourth. Then in the seventh, the Giants slammed two two-run homers, one by JT Snow and another by Marquis Grissom.
Correia went five strong and was replaced by Jim Brower in the bottom of the sixth. Brower pitched 2 good innings, allowing 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth. Giles led off with a single and advanced to third when Nevin doubled. Matthews then singled to score Giles and advance Nevin to third. The Giants then went to the pen again for lefty Scott Eyre. Eyre got Mark Kotsay to fly out in shallow left, but then Miguel Ojeda hit a flyball deep enough in center to score Nevin. Eyre struck out Quintero to end the inning.
San Francisco got those two runs back in the top of the ninth on yet another homer. After Barry Bonds dumped one into left field, Edgardo Alfonzo broke over a 120 at-bat homerless streak by sending a long fly left field. The score, 8-3, would be the final.
Game Notes: Grissom's homer in the seventh was the 200th of his career. Today's win was the first time since August 10th the Giants have won by more than a margin of 2.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Correia set the tone of the game by pitching 5 good innings in front of his friends and family, no less. Also, the bullpen gets a mention for yet another good outing – 4 strong innings. And Barry Bonds for getting on base all 5 times he came to bat as well as scoring 2 runs. Grissom, too. Any guy who hits his 200th homer naturally gets a mention.
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