Giants at Padres, Game #3

The Giants enter tonight's game hoping to salvage a game in this series and avoid being swept by the San Diego Padres. The send up Brett Tomko (0-0) to face Jake Peavy (0-0)

The San Francisco Giants sent up right-hander Brett Tomko to the mound against the San Diego Padres starter Jake Peavy. Brett Tomko pitched a great game, despite giving up three runs. He was able to shutout the Padres in order for the first three innings. Yet in the bottom of the fourth, with some mistakes on the field, the Padres were able to score their only runs of the game.

In the fourth inning, Sean Burroughs singled to Neifi Perez, who had some trouble getting the ball out of his glove. Burroughs beat Perez's throw. Second baseman, Mark Loretta hit a single to right field, allowing Burroughs enough time to make it to third. With runners now on first and third and no one out, Brian Giles got his first triple of the season, driving in Burroughs and Loretta. The throw to third by Giants second baseman, Ray Durham, was off and Giles scored.

There was one other threat from the Padres in the game. The bullpen came in to pitch in the seventh inning and Jason Christiansen took the mound. He ran into some trouble, allowing one hit and walking two, thus loading up the bases. Two outs were on the board and Jay Payton up. Christiansen was able to get Payton to pop up, but the Giants were still behind three runs.

The Giants had some opportunities in earlier innings, but hitters behind Barry Bonds were unable to produce. There was just a lack of that clutch hit.

Their long awaited big inning came in the eighth. With one out, J.T. Snow drew a walk. Outfielder, Marquis Grissom hit a ball toward Padre Khalil Green. The ball was deflected off him allowing Snow to move to third and Grissom to get to second. This left an open bag for Bonds. After giving a free pass to Bonds, Padres brought in relief pitcher Jay Witasick in from the bullpen. So, with the bases loaded, on the first pitch swinging, Pedro Feliz, who was pinch hitting for A.J. Pierzynski, got a two-run single to center field. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with an RBI single that went over Green's head, tieing the game up. Witasick was out and Antonio Osuna was in. Michael Tucker drew a free pass to first, again loading up the bases for the second time this inning. Niefi Perez, who leads the club in RBIs, added on two more runs for the Giants, giving them the lead.

The Giants tacked on another run in the top of the ninth. It started with Grissom getting his fourth hit of the game. With one out, Feliz hit the ball to third, but Burroughs' throw to first was wide, which allowed Grissom to get to third and Feliz to second. Yorvit Torrealba drew a walk and with Tucker up, Padres pitcher Jason Szuminski walked in the last run the Giants had of the game.

Matt Herges came into the game, looking to finally close it up for the Giants. Herges struck out one and gave up one walk, achieving his second save of the season. Player of the Game Brett Tomko. Despite the three runs the three earned runs he allowed, he did pitch a great game. His first time through the Padres lineup, no one was able to get a hit. Besides, the three runs are also partially because of some mistakes on the field. Also, recognition must be given to Marquis Grissom who went 4-5 in tonight's game.

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