Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #1

After taking both games in a two-game series against the Diamondbacks, the Giants went home for a quick series against the Padres. They were looking to gain some ground on the first-place Dodgers and to lengthen their slim wild card lead, but they lost the game 7-1 as Rueter did not have a successful outing and Jake Peavy pitched very well, and now are tied with the Padres for the Wild Card. Both teams are two and a half games behind the first place Dodgers.

Right away, things started out poorly as Khalil Greene doubled to deep left-center to start the game. With one out, Brian Giles reached on an infield hit, moving Greene to third. Phil Nevin stroked a single to right, driving in Greene and moving Giles to second. Ryan Klesko hit a single, driving in Giles. The Giants were able to get Klesko out at second on a Rich Aurilia ground ball, but the next batter, Jay Payton, singled to right to drive in Nevin and give the Padres an early 3-0 lead.

With one out in the second, J.T. Snow hit a solo shot to give the Giants a run. In the fourth, Miguel Ojeda hit a solo blast to give the Padres their fourth run.

Rueter made it through five innings before being relieved by Tyler Walker. With one out, former Giant Rich Aurilia doubled to deep right in the seventh. Payton walked and Ojeda doubled to left-center to drive in Aurilia for the Padres fifth run of the ballgame.

Aurilia hit a sac fly in the eighth and Mark Loretta had an RBI single in the ninth to give the Padres two more insurance runs. However, these would not be necessary, as the Giants received only one run throughout the ballgame. Jake Peavy pitched eight innings allowing only four hits and striking out five.

Player of the Game: J.T. Snow. The Giants had a poor showing today, but he went 2 for 4 with a home run, the Giants only run in the whole game.

Jesse Radin writes for 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

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