Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #3

After a 9-4 loss against the Padres, during the second game of the series, it became apparent that the bullpen was worn out. The Giants needed pitcher, Ryan Jensen, to come into today's game and give them at least six innings. But at the start of the game, the Padres' bats were alive. That doesn't mean the Giants were going to go down without a fight.

April 9, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 4 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 11 15 0
San Francisco 7 2 3 0 0 2 0 1 x 15 16 1

WP J. Nathan (1-0) 2IP 1H 0R ER 1BB 0K 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP D. Tankersley (0-1) 0.0IP 0H 3R 7ER 7BB 4K 0HR 0 ERA

Giants starter, Ryan Jensen, seemed to be without his fastball in the early innings of the game. In the first inning, Jensen walked two of the first three batters. Ryan Klesko brought in one run with a sacrifice fly to center. Rondell White came up hitting a 3 run homer deep into the stands. It would be 5-0 Padres and the Giants still had yet to come up to the plate.

The Giants lit it up in the bottom of the first. Ray Durham walked and stole second base for the first time at Pacific Bell Park. Pedro Feliz, who was played third to give Edgardo Alfonzo the day off and got his first hit of the season, advancing Durham to third. Rich Aurilia hit a RBI single to score Durham. Barry Bonds then made his way to the plate. In a September game in San Diego, Bonds hit a bomb to the right field scoreboard against Tankersley. Tankersley didn't want to relive that moment and walked Bonds, loading the bases. Tankersley walked the next two batters, Jose Cruz Jr. and J.T. Snow, both who have been hot lately, forcing in two runs. The score was now 3-4, with no outs. Yorvit Torrealba stepped up and hit a two run double, scoring Bonds and Cruz. But it didn't end there. Ryan Jensen, who hit .107 in 2002 with 5 RBI's, joined the hitting parade, by hitting a two run double as well, making it 7-4. Tankersley didn't last the whole inning, as Padres manager, Bruce Bochy, made a call to the bullpen and brought out Jared Wright.

Jensen pitched in the 2nd, with a three run lead, but that wouldn't last. With Wiki Gonzalez at second, Ramon Vazquez hit a single to right. Cruz tracked down the hit and hurried it to Aurilia, as Vazquez was trying for two. Gonzalez scored, but Vazquez was called out at second.

The Giants hitting parade continued in the second, as Bonds got a hit and was followed by Cruz's stand up double, moving Bonds to third. Snow got his second RBI of the game, hitting a single to bring in Bonds. Torrealba would score Cruz on a sacrifice fly, making that his third RBI of the game.

But the Padres kept on charging, as Klesko smashed the ball deep into McCovey Cove, ringing the score to 9-6, Giants still leading. The Padres continued to drive in a couple more runs, when finally Alou had enough and brought in right-handed relief pitcher, Jim Brower. Brower successfully got a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning, but the Padres were just one run away from tying the game.

The Giants seemed to easily get on base again in the bottom of the 3rd. Durham, Feliz, and Aurilia loaded the bases for Bonds, leaving no place to put him. With the shift on, Bonds hit the ball down centerfield right by Loretta, who would have caught the ball easily if he was playing in his normal position. Durham and Feliz scored on Bonds' hit. Aurilia scored on a hit by Cruz. It was now 12-8.

Things seemed to calm down, as Brower only gave up one hit and one walk in the fourth, giving up no runs to the Padres. The Giants were also silent in the bottom of the fourth, but Brower did get his ninth career run.

The Padres tried to tie the game in the fifth, as Gonzalez hit a two run double, making the score 12-10. However, Cruz prevented that from happening by catching Loretta's hit to right, thus robbing the Padres of another run.

Joe Nathan and Felix Rodriguez silenced the Padres's bats for three more innings, but the Giants were still going strong in the sixth as Durham and Feliz drove in two more runs.

With a 5 run lead, Tim Worrell came is as closer again. With one out and runners on first and third, Dave Hansen singled, scoring Klesko from third. Luckily, Gonzalez hit into a 6-4-3 double play, finally ending the long four hour game.

Unlike the previous games, the Giants got all their runs without the help of the longball, proving that they can win games with their running games and playing small ball.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jose Cruz, Jr., he was 2-2 with 3 walks and 2 RBIs. He also robbed the Padres from a couple of runs with his assist to get Vazquez out at second and his dive to catch Loretta's hit to right. Honorable mentions go out to Pedro Feliz, who made his first start at third today. He went 4-6 with 1 RBI, an awesome start to his season. In all honesty, the whole team deserves recognition. When the Padres started the game hitting hard, the Giants struck back without the help of the longball.


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