Rewind: Padres vs Giants, Game #2

After the Padres teed off against the Giants yesterday, San Francisco looked to their ace to stop a confident San Diego team from continuing their tear. However, the most prized arm on the Giants' pitching staff labored through less than six innings, as the Padres, again, left a bad taste at SBC Park.

The Giants were a tired ballclub coming into today's game, and hoped that their ace, Jason Schmidt, could give them some rest. The Padres countered with David Wells, pitching the first game since coming off the DL.

Schmidt had his work cut out for him from the first pitch, where Sean Burroughs led off with a solid single. Mark Loretta hit a hard grounder that Deivi Cruz couldn't handle, and set up a runners on first and second with no outs situation right off the bat for Schmidt. Fortunately, Schmidt struck out the next three batters to get out of the innings undamaged.

In the bottom of the second, the Giants got on board first as Wells was having trouble with the strike zone, and with the home plate umpire. Barry Bonds led off the inning with a double off the wall in right center, and Pedro Feliz smashed a homerun to left field giving the Giants a 2-0 advantage.

However, the big blow came in the third for Schmidt and the Giants as Wells led off the inning with a walk. Burroughs grounded into a fielder's choice, where Wells was forced out at second. Loretta followed that with a single, and Ryan Klesko drew a walk. With two outs, Terrance Long collected an infield single to knock in the first Padre run of the game.

Rich Aurilia continued his rampage against his former team as he singled up the middle to bring in two more San Diego runs and gave the Padres the lead for good. Jay Payton stepped to the plate and ripped a roundtripper for a three run blow, capping off a six-run inning.

The Padres added to that lead in the fifth when Brian Giles drew a lead off walk, and Klesko knocked him in with a double to left center. In the bottom of the inning, Marquis Grissom got the Giants started with a two-out single, and Bonds followed that with another single. Feliz collected his third RBI with a bloop single to center field. The Giants had visions of a big inning as Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk to jam the bases, but A.J. Pierzynski popped out to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Wells helped his own cause with a single, only his second hit of the season. Burroughs doubled, and Loretta hit a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Padres eight runs, and to knock Schmidt out of the game. Jason Christiansen finished the inning without allowing anymore runs to score.

The Giants continued chipping away at the Padres' lead as Ray Durham singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Cruz singled, and Grissom had a base hit to bring Durham in. Bonds was intentionally walked, but Feliz flied out deep to left field to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Christiansen pitched a scoreless inning for the Giants. Felix Rodriguez entered the game in the eighth, and allowed a walk but struck out one without allowing a run to score. In the top of the ninth, Loretta welcomed Wayne Franklin into the game with a solo shot for the Padres' ninth run of the game.

Notes: Jason Schmidt's streak ended at 12, which was the longest in Giants' history since 1966, held by Jack Sanford... Dustan Mohr got hit by a pitch for the fifth time this season. He's only had two HBP in his career before 2004... The Giants stranded thirteen runners today, not including the two wiped out on double plays. Both double plays were hit by A.J. Pierzynski... With today's sellout crowd of over 42,000, the Giants have reached the two million mark for the fifth consecutive year since moving to SBC Park.

Players of the Game: Pedro Feliz provided the only no-doubter for the Giants with a 2-run jack to give him the team high in RBIs. Jason Christiansen pitched sensationally out of a bullpen that's been really struggling lately.

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