Rewind: Giants vs. Padres, Game #2

So far this season, the Padres have simply owned the Giants. After dropping the series opener, the Giants sent ace Jason Schmidt to the mound. Thoughts of a sure win faded away as the Padres fought and fought in a wild, wild game.

The Giants started on a high note for the Giants. Ray Durham led the game off with a single. Deivi Cruz then followed with a single of his own. After Edgardo Alfonzo flied out, Barry Bonds doubled to score Durham and Cruz.

San Francisco tacked on another two runs in the top of the second. With one out, Dustan Mohr singled and advanced to second when Jason Schmidt bunted him over. Ray Durham singled again to score Mohr from second. Cruz then doubled to bring Durham home from first.

While David Wells struggled, Jason Schmidt was hardly in vintage form himself. He was constantly allowing baserunners, giving up basehits and walks. In the bottom of the second, the Padres scored their first run, aided by a couple of errors. Jay Payton led off on an error by Ray Durham. With one out, Ramon Hernandez walked. David Wells then tried to sacrifice the runners over, but Schmidt bobbled it, allowing Wells to reach and both runners to advance. With the bases loaded, Sean Burroughs grounded out, plating Payton. After walking Mark Loretta to load the bases again, Schmidt got Klesko to ground out to end the inning.

The Padres added another in the bottom of the third. After Phil Nevin doubled, Payton singled to center to score Nevin.

In the top of the sixth, Yorvit Torrealba singled with one out. Dustan Mohr then hit a monster home run out to left, reaching the second deck to make the score 6-2.

But the Padres just kept coming back. They added another run in the bottom of that frame when Hernandez doubled, Long singled, and then Burroughs grounded out to score Hernandez from third.

Jim Brower came in to pitch the ninth. However, Brower never got a hit. Burroughs greeted Brower with a booming double, and then Mark Loretta worked out a walk. Jason Christiansen was then brought in to face Ryan Klesko who was lifetime 0-13 against the lefty. However, Klesko singled on the first pitch he saw, scoring Burroughs.

Now, with only a two run lead, the Giants called on their closer, Matt Herges, who had been struggling as of late. Despite making a good pitch, Nevin managed to hit a single, but because it was a low liner, Loretta held up at second and did not score. With the bases loaded, Herges coaxed a ground ball to first from Brian Giles. Pedro Feliz threw home to force out Loretta. Then, Jay Payton grounded into a double play to end the game.

Player of the Game: Matt Herges came up absolutely huge for the Giants today. When it looked like the game was about to absolutely collapse, Herges came in and pretty much saved the day. With the runners on first and second and no one out, it didn't look good, but Herges managed to not allow any of those inherited runners to score. Also, Dustan Mohr has been having a great time with the bat, going 3-3 with 2 RBI.

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