Rewind: Giants vs Padres, Game #3

An excellent performance by Jason Schmidt and a thrilling save by Matt Herges allowed the Giants to beat the Padres 6-4 last night. Tonight, they were looking for sole ownership of both the wild card and second place in the NL West. Sadly, Dustin Hermanson did not have the stuff he displayed against St. Louis, and the Giants lost by a score of 9-4.

In the first inning, after striking out the first two batters, Dustin Hermanson gave up a triple to Ryan Klesko. Phil Nevin walked, but Brian Giles flied to center and the game remained scoreless.

With one out in the second, Khalil Greene singled to left, and Ramon Hernandez pulled an inside pitch for a home run to left, giving the Padres an early 2-0 lead.

A ground-rule double by Terrence Long followed by a Greene single gave the Padres a third run in the fourth.

In the fifth, A.J. Pierzynski belted a double just over the reach of left fielder Klesko. Marquis Grissom grounded out to second moving Pierzynski to third, and Neifi Perez drove Pierzynski in with an RBI single to put the Giants on the board.

The sixth inning spelled trouble for the Giants, who were still in the ballgame. Long hit his second double of the game to lead off the sixth, and Greene walked. Hernandez sacrificed the runners over, and former Giant Rich Aurilla was walked to load the bases for Sean Burroughs, whose excellent defensive plays had cost the Giants two hits. Wayne Franklin was brought in, and he promptly gave up a single to Burroughs, driving in two runs. With two outs, Klesko cleared the bases with a two-run double. Nevin hit a double to drive in Klesko and give the Padres a solid 8-1 lead.

A triple by Long and sac fly by Greene gave the Padres yet another insurance run in the eighth.

The Giants had one long shot in the ninth, with one of their former pitchers on the hill against them, Jay Witasick. He gave up a single to Michael Tucker to lead off the inning. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to move Tucker to second. On a 2-2 count with two down J.T. Snow fouled off two pitches and then took two balls to get the walk. This brought up Pierzynski, who had already hit a single and a double in the game, and had scored the sole Giants run in the fifth. He hit an inside pitch to the right-field seats, bringing the Giants three runs closer. But it was to no avail, as Pedro Feliz grounded out weakly to end the game.

Player of the Game: A.J. Pierzynski! He almost hit for the cycle today. 3 for 4 with a single, double, and a home run. While the rest of the team wasn't very impressive, he had a great day with the bat.

Notes: A.J Pierzynski hit 3 of the Giants hits, and the team as a whole only managed two others for a total of five…Brian Giles the Padres slugger went 0-4 and left four men on base…The Giants are 3-3 on their current road trip.



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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