Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #3

The Giants were looking to bounce back from their 9-5 loss last night with staff ace Jason Schmidt on the mound, but he was unable to deliver. Hampered by control problems, he threw three wild pitches. The Giants look to Kirk Rueter to even up the four-game series tomorrow.

From the start, it was clear that Schmidt was not in top form. He walked leadoff hitter Sean Burroughs, and with Mark Loretta batting, threw a 95 MPH fastball that flew past catcher Yorvit Torrealba, moving Burroughs to second. Loretta hit a grounder to third, and Burroughs got enough of a jump to advance on the play. Snow was cheating off the line with Brian Giles at bat, but was able to dive to his left to keep Giles' grounder from heading into right field. He flipped the ball to Schmidt for the second out of the inning, and Burroughs scored. Phil Nevin dunked one into shallow right field for a single. Schmidt threw his second wild pitch of the inning, almost hitting Ryan Klesko. Klesko flied out to deep left field to end the inning.

Terrence Long lead off the second with a triple, hit into deep right-center field. It would have been a home run in any other park except for Petco and SBC. Schmidt successfully got the next two batters out, and it looked like he'd get out of the inning with Long still on third. However, Padres starter Jake Peavy hit a routine grounder to Neifi Perez but he never got a very good grip on the ball. It slipped to his right, allowing Long to score the Padres second run. Nevin hit a bloop to short right field, and both Michael Tucker and Ray Durham tried to catch it. Durham caught it rather easily, while Tucker dove for it at the same time. Durham tripped over Tucker, but held on to the ball, ending the inning.

The Giants got something going in the bottom of the second with two outs. Peavy walked Tucker, and Torrealba hit a single into right field. Tucker sped to third, putting runners on the corners for Perez, giving him a chance to atone for his error in the top of the inning. Instead, he hit a slow bouncer to third, ending the inning.

Mark Loretta led off with a single to right, and advanced to second on Schmidt's third wild pitch in as many innings. Giles hit a fly to right, moving Loretta to third. Nevin hit a fly ball to deep center, scoring Loretta.

The Padres had gotten all their runs by playing little ball so far, giving them a 3-0 lead after three innings. But that changed quickly. Long hit a single to center, past a diving Ray Durham. With one out, Ramon Hernandez singled to right, moving Long to third. Peavy singled to right to score Long and move Hernandez to second. Burroughs hit a slow bouncer back to Schmidt, moving up Peavy and Hernandez. This brought up Mark Loretta, who blasted one to left, busting the game wide open.

Things didn't get any better after that. Schmidt left the game after the fourth, and the Padres proceeded to add four more runs. In every single inning, the Padres leadoff hitter got on a base.

Player of the Game: In such a disaster like this, it's hard to find a bright spot. But for the Giants, there was one by the name of J.T. Snow. He made a great play to get Brian Giles out in the first, and he reached base safely three times. That goes to show he is definitely coming out of his slump. Jim Brower gets an honorable mention as well. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the eighth and the Padres already ahead 11-0, he got the next three batters out, and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Notes: Barry Bonds failed to tie the major league record for most consecutive games with a home run. The Giants are now three games below .500. Guess when they were last three games or more below .500? That's right…1996…The Giants sent Aardsma to Fresno and brought up Noah Lowry, who is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA after two starts there. In tonight's game, Lowry gave up 4 runs and 9 hits in three innings.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com 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 electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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