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LP T. Worrell (4-4) 1/3IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 0SO 0HR 2.42 ERA
The Padres got on the board right away with the help of a blown call. Sean Burroughs singled and Mark Loretta hit one to center field, where Marquis Grissom made an impressive catch. Burroughs was rounding second and heading for third before he realized the ball was caught, and Grissom threw the ball back to his cut off man, Rich Aurilia, who then threw back to first base, where Burroughs was out by a step, but was called safe. This proved to be costly as Williams' attempted pick off throw to first passed by J.T. Snow. It was a two bag error, and with one out, Brian Giles hit a sacrifice fly to right field for Burroughs to score.
The Giants came back in the top of the second as Edgardo Alfonzo received a four pitch walk after Barry Bonds popped out on the first pitch he saw. Benito Santiago doubled, and with runners on second and third, Grissom walked to load the bases. With one out, Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a fly ball deep enough for Alfonzo to score the tying run. Williams helped his own cause by dumping a blooper into centerfield to drive in his first major league RBI. Ray Durham struck out to end the inning.
The twenty-one year old rookie was tested again in the bottom of the third as three consecutive singles by Adam Eaton, Burroughs, and Loretta found holes through the infield. With only one out and one of the league's best sluggers at the plate, Williams worked to a 3-1 count on Giles, then proceeded to get him to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
In the top of the fourth, Alfonzo promptly jacked a bomb into left field for the third run of the game, and for the third consecutive game, Alfonzo went deep.
Williams was looking very sharp after getting out of the third, but the Padres tied the game in the sixth as Burroughs lead off the inning with a walk and Loretta hit a two-run roundtripper.
Former Giant, Rod Beck, relieved for the Padres in the top of the ninth, where he got Santiago and Grissom to strike out, and Cruz to ground out for a quick inning.
Jim Brower relieved for the Giants in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a lead off double to Khalil Greene. An attempted bunt by Humberto Quintero went right back to the mound, where Brower pounced on the ball and threw Greene out at third base. Burroughs had another single, but Loretta grounded into an inning ending double play.
With two outs in the tenth, Snow got his first hit of the night and pounded it into the right field bleachers to give the Giants the go ahead run. Aurilia also followed with his first hit of the night by singling to extend the inning and to chase the Shooter, Beck, from the game. With Bonds at the plate, lefty Mike Matthews was summoned to pitch. Bonds popped out to end the inning.
Tim Worrell came into the game for relief in the tenth. Giles led off the inning with a bloop single into left field, and Phil Nevin and Mark Kotsay both walked to load the bases. With one out, pinch hitter Keith Lockhart singled up the first baseline to drive in Giles and Nevin for the win.
Game Notes: The Giants have hit ten homeruns in this series against the Padres, and none of them were by Barry Bonds. The most they've hit in a single series all season was seven, also against the Padres... This was Tim Worrell's seventh blown save of the season... There was a ceremony in memory of September 11th before the game today, and a special singing of "God Bless America" before the 7th inning stretch... San Diego will open Petco Park next season by hosting the Giants.
SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Edgardo Alfonzo had himself a great series, homering in all three games. He also came up with impressive key defensive plays to keep the Padres from scoring more and to prevent possible big rallies by San Diego. He's doing a great job protecting behind Barry Bonds, and it's a good sign for the Giants once this guy starts driving the ball the way he's been in this series. Tipped hats also goes to Scott Eyre, who had another solid outing out of the bullpen, entering the game and getting the batters out, no question about it.
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