The first inning was smooth for both sides, as the Giants stranded two men on base in the top, and the Padres went down 1-2-3 for Rueter in the bottom.
The Giants offense went empty-handed in the second as well. The Padres, however, rallied, starting with a comebacker by Phil Nevin for a single, which hit Rueter on the right wrist, right below his glove. Jay Payton advanced the runner, Klesko walked, and Hernandez singled to score the lead runner. Khalil Greene then flied out, and the Giants got out of the inning on a groundout by the pitcher.
Down by a run, the Giants answered, starting with Ray Durham getting hit by a pitch. J.T. Snow drew a walk, only to have Michael Tucker make an unproductive out. Barry Bonds then got a free 90-feet, advancing the runners and loading the bases. A.J. Pierzynski singled to score Durham, and the Giants tied the game. They weren't done. Edgardo Alfonzo drew a four-pitch walk from Lawrence to score Snow, and Bonds and Pierzynski scored on a single by Grissom. Neifi Perez stopped the rally short by hitting into a double play.
In the fourth, the Giants went down in order, starting with Rueter. The Padres fared better, tying the game with a great rally: which included a walk, four singles, and a double, along with a productive out. The Giants stopped the bleeding with a popup by Brian Giles.
The Giants' bats were quiet in the fifth, save for a bloop single to center by Bonds. In that inning, the Padres, too, had only a single in going down without scoring. The sixth, too was uneventful, as Jim Brower came in to pitch at the bottom of the inning.
The seventh inning was where things truly got ugly, as the Giants failed to hold the Padres to a tie. Scott Linebrink, a former Giant, came in to pitch, and the Giants failed to put a dent into him. In the bottom of the inning, the Padres were a different story, rallying to bring their lead to two. The Giants relied heavily on their bullpen, with limited success, as Brower started the inning and failed to get an out. Kevin Walker, the former Padre, was unsuccessful, too. David Aardsma, the rookie, finally got a popup and his first big-league strikeout, and Wayne Franklin came in to finish off the Padres with a strikeout of his own.
The Padres' Otsuka kept the heart of the Giants lineup quiet in the eighth, and Franklin continued to pitch for the Giants, getting out of the inning quickly after a leadoff single by Mark Loretta.
Trevor Hoffman came in to pitch the ninth for the Padres, coming off a blown save attempt on Thursday. This time, he did it, but not without the Giants giving him some hell of their own. The boys were staging a comeback—again. Despite not having a baserunner since Perez in the sixth, the pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz had a two-out single, Durham doubled, and Hoffman walked Snow. Alou put a much faster Cody Ransom in to pinch-run for Snow, but it was in vain, as Michael Tucker struck to end the game.
SFDugout Players of the Game: Rookie David Aardsma got his first major-league strikeout and helped the Giants to escape the sixth the minimal damage. The other key player was Wayne Franklin, who, today, proved why he was a good find, as he got the Giants the final out in a jam and kept the opposition quiet in the clutch.
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