Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #1

The San Francisco Giants had an eight-game winning streak coming into tonight's game, and the Padres had lost their most recent contest. San Francisco was hoping to expand its already dominating 11-game lead with a victory. Their pitcher, Kirk Rueter, had been on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflammation in his shoulder.

July 25, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 0
San Francisco 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 5 2

WP F. Rodriguez (6-0) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 3.09ERA
LP J. Witasick (2-2) 1 1/3IP 1H 3R 3ER 2BB 1K 1HR 4.82 ERA

The game did not start out well for Kirk Rueter and his Giants, when Ramon Vasquez started the game off with a double to right. Consecutive groundouts by Mark Kotsay and Mark Loretta allowed Vasquez to score, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead.

Despite giving up a leadoff walk to Ray Durham, Adam Eaton was able to retire the next three batters in order to keep the Giants from doing any damage in the bottom of the first.

The score stayed at 1-0 until the bottom of the third, which like the first, started off with a Durham walk. But this time, J.T. Snow hit a single to right to put runners at first and second. Eaton got Marquis Grissom and Jose Cruz. Jr to hit harmless pop-ups, but Edgardo Alfonzo didn't have such a fate. Instead, he smacked a double to deep right, driving in both Durham and Snow to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

Kirk Rueter pitched a solid six innings before being replaced. He left the game with a 2-1 lead. It was his game to win. But in the top of the eighth, the Padres would level the playing field yet again. Brian Buchanan pinch-hit for Eaton and got a walk from reliever Scott Eyre. Vasquez, who led the game off with a double, sacrificed him to second. Kotsay grounded out to move the runner to third. Loretta hit a pop-up that Durham, Cruz, and Snow all went to, but Durham couldn't control it and it bounced off his glove, allowing Buchanan to score.

The game went to the bottom of the 9th, with the Giants facing a pitcher who was once one of their own, Jay Witasick. Cruz walked to lead off the inning, and Alfonzo sacrificed him to second. Neifi Perez was walked to allow the chance of a double play, but Pedro Feliz, playing in place of Barry Bonds, did not deliver the inning-ending double play. Instead, he whacked a three-run shot into left field! 5-2 Giants! Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz. While yes, he did just go 1 for 4, his one hit drove in more runs than any other Giants hitter drove in. Honorable Mention: Kirk Rueter. He only gave up two hits in six innings. A nice way to come back from an injury!

Jesse Radin writes for and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to

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