Rewind: Giants vs Padres, Game #1

It's baseball season again! Giants begin the season at Qualcomm Stadium, the Padres home, and win 5-2 with the help of a few big home runs. None of which was from Barry Bonds.

March 31, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 9 2
San Diego 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 1

It's baseball season again folks. The Giants spent opening day in San Diego, beginning their season in a three game series against the San Diego Padres and what a beginning it was. Leadoff man, Ray Durham homered in the first inning, at the fourth pitch he saw from Padres pitcher, Brian Lawrence. He would also score off a wild pitch in the third to make it 2-0.

The Padres would eventually tie the game at 2, in the sixth off of Kirk Rueter who went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs and walking 2. Joe Nathan came in as relief of Rueter, and gave a great performance, retiring the side with no one out and runners on second and third.

In the ninth, the Giants bats came alive. Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow hit back to back home runs off of Clay Condrey, making the score 4-2. Marquis Grissom hit a single to center, who later scored off of Jose Cruz Jr.'s double to left, which brought the score to 5-2 Giants.

Tim Worrell came in as the closer, as Robb Nen was put on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. The game ended with a 5-4-3 double play.

Durham and Cruz proved to be in the perfect position in the lineup, as they were on base a combined total of 7 times. Thus it seems our worries for leadoff hitters have now been resolved.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Ray Durham: He started off the season with a jack to right field, there is no better way to begin a season. He went 2-4, 1HR and 1RBI. Honorable Mention goes to Jose Cruz Jr., who had an awesome game as well, 2-3 with 2 walks and 1 RBI. Thank God for our new leadoff guys, or actually, thank you Sabean!

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