Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #4

After a hard loss last night, the San Francisco Giants hoped to come back and win the final game in this ten game homestance. Unfortunately, a bad start be left-handed starting pitcher, Kirk Reuter and a few defensive errors, helped the San Diego Padres defeat the Giants.

Kirk Reuter (0-2) started the game off by easily getting the San Diego Padres out in order and the San Francisco Giants were able to get on the board first. It seemed as if just maybe the horrors of last night's game could be behind them. Ray Durham led off the game with his fourth lead off homer as a Giant. Jeffrey Hammonds single to center field allowing J.T. Snow to move to third. With one out, Michael Tucker grounded into a force out driving in Snow.

Unfortunately for the Giants, the Padres were able to take the lead in the top of the second inning. They drove in six runs, three of which were unearned due to an error by second baseman, Durham when he dropped the ball thrown by Neifi Perez. The inning started off with first baseman, Phil Nevin singled on a ground ball to Perez. Jay Payton reached base on a force attempt and Durham made the error. With the bases loaded and the count at 3-2, Miguel Ojeda singled into center field, driving in Nevin. Khalil Greene continued with his fourth double of the season to right driving in Ryan Klesko and Payton. The Padres continued hitting Reuter hard. Sean Burroughs drove in Ojeda with another single. Mark Loretta got the second out of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing in Greene. Burroughs was the last to score in the inning off of Brian Buchanan's double. It was now 6-2 Padres.

The Padres were able to add on a few more extra runs in the top of the sixth. Buchanan drove in Ishmael Valdez with a sacrifice fly. Nevin followed with a two run roundtripper to left field. They extended their lead to 9-2 making it less and less likely the Giants would catch up.

The Giants were able to tack on a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Dustan Mohr on first and Michael Tucker on second, Perez hit his first triple of the season to right, driving in the two. These were the last runs the Giants drove in and also the last runs to be scored in the game.

Rueter lasted four innings giving up nine hits, six runs, one walk and striking out two, now with an ERA of 5.23. The Padres sent up Ishmael Valdez to the mound to face the Giants. Valdez lasted 5.2 innings, giving up six hits and four runs, one that was a home run, walking two, and striking out two. Valdez got his second win, while Rueter was slapped with another loss.

Notes: Scott Eyre made his first appearance of the season after being on the disabled list with a lower back strain. Despite the game's result, Eyre pitched a great inning, only walking one and giving up no hits. Barry Bonds was not in the lineup in this afternoon's game, but he will be playing the entire series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.



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