Rewind: Giants vs Padres, Game #1

In an exciting extra inning contest, it was a seesaw battle between the two teams who weren't able to get their offense going until the late innings of the game. The starting pitching was solid, but the Giants' bullpen faltered in the later innings to give the opening game at Petco Park to San Diego.

The Giants summoned their fourth starter, Dustin Hermanson, in hopes of rebounding from their last loss in Houston. The Giants faced a third former Yankee in a row as David Wells made his Padres debut in the opening of Petco Park.

The Padres started off early in the third as Khalil Greene got on board a single. Wells bunted him over to second, where Sean Burroughs proceeded to smack a ground-ruled double that knocked in Greene as the Padres only run scored against Hermanson.

Hermanson sharpened up after the third, and pitched three more scoreless innings. Wells was just as effective, shutting down the Giants through seven innings. Jim Brower relieved Hermanson in the seventh, and pitched out of a jam. Jason Christiansen and Felix Rodriguez shared eighth inning duties and kept the Padres from scoring.

In the ninth, with Padres' closer Trevor Hoffman on the mound, the Giants had one last chance to score some runs. They took advantage of this as Pedro Feliz led off the inning with a single. Michael Tucker, pinch-hitting for Dustan Mohr, followed Feliz with another single. Yorvit Torrealba bunted the runners over to second and third, which brought pinch-hitter, A.J. Pierzynski to the plate.

Pierzynski hit a grounder, and Cody Ransom, pinch-running for Feliz at third, ran straight into Ramon Hernandez at home plate for an easy out. With two outs, Ray Durham was up. Durham smashed a double into the gap in left-centerfield, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. Neifi Perez grounded out to end the inning.

The Giants attempted to end the game in the bottom of the ninth as they brought in their closer, Matt Herges. Greene got on board with another hit, and moved to second base on Ramon Vasquez's bunt. Burroughs, having a hot night, singled through the middle and knocked in Greene as the tying run. Phil Nevin popped out to end the inning, and the game was sent to over time.

Marquis Grissom promptly helped the Giants get the lead back as he jacked a hot potato for the third and go-ahead run. This was the first roundtripper hit in Petco Park. Barry Bonds popped out, and the slumping Edgardo Alfonzo finally got a hit with a single off the glove of Greene.

With the lefty J.T. Snow hitting in place of Feliz, Antonio Osuna was replaced by Eddie Oropesa. Snow grounded out to second baseman, Mark Loretta, but Alfonzo went to third on the play. However, Tucker flied out to end the inning.

Herges went back to the mound in the bottom of the tenth to try to finish the game again. Kerry Robinson singled through the middle, but Payton struck out. Hernandez flied out to left, and after working the count full, Greene drew a walk and reached base for the fifth time this game.

This ended the night for Herges, and rookie David Aardsma was given a chance for his first major league save against pinch-hitter Miguel Ojeda. Ojeda smashed a ground rule double to knock in Robinson to knot the game again. Burroughs blooped a single into left field, and Greene came around to score the game-winning run.

Notes: The Padres played spectacular defense today, including a play made by Jay Payton to rob Barry Bonds of what might have been #660 in the sixth inning. It was later debated that Bonds' hit may not have gone out of the park had Payton not caught it.

SFDugout Players of the Game: Dustin Hermanson pitched a sensational game, and again, gave his team a chance to win. This is a good sign as the Giants' pitching staff has many holes. Ray Durham put the Giants ahead in the ninth and continues to produce effectively offensively and defensively this season. Marquis Grissom must also be mentioned as the guy responsible for the first homerun hit in Petco Park.



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