Rewind: Giants vs. Padres, Game #3

With one of their best starting pitchers back from surgery, the Giants prevailed in the battle of the last game of the series and the season against the San Diego Padres. San Francisco won 4-1 Thursday night at PETCO Park and moved one step closer to making their playoff dreams a reality.

Jerome Williams, starting for San Francisco, pitched his first game in two months on Thursday night and carried his team to a crucial series win.

Williams allowed only one run in the game, which occurred in the bottom of the first inning when Padres right fielder, Brian Giles, grounded out and allowed shortstop Ramon Vazquez to score. Vazquez doubled to open the inning, and advanced to third on Mark Loretta's groundout.

The next two innings were fairly quiet and then the Padres began to slip in the fourth inning.

The fall of San Diego started when pitcher Adam Eaton gave up a homerun to Giants' second baseman, Ray Durham. This was the first hit and baserunner allowed by Eaton in the game so far.

A few batters later, Barry Bonds reached base on a fielding error by first baseman Phil Nevin. J.T. Snow doubled on a fly ball to center field after that and both Edgardo Alfonzo, who singled, and Bonds scored. San Diego was charged with another error during that play on a throw by center fielder, Jay Payton.

To cap off the inning, shortstop Deivi Cruz singled on a ground ball to left field and Snow scored, giving the Giants a 4-1 advantage.

The offensive fire in both teams burnt out after the fourth inning, as neither one had another run that night. In the ninth inning, San Francisco pinch runner, Jason Ellison, attempted to score after stealing second and third, but was thrown out at home. San Diego also had their third error in the ninth inning, but the Giants couldn't capitalize.

After Scott Eyre and Jim Brower both had their turns on the mound, Giants' closer Dustin Hermanson came in to finish the game and hold on to his team's win.

Notes:With Thursday night's victory over the Padres, San Francisco stayed in the NL Wild Card race... The Giants, who are now tied with the Houston Astros, play Los Angeles on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Pitcher Jerome Williams, who was recently activated from the DL, only let one run score during seven straight innings. Williams had elbow surgery on August 4th, but showed no sign of it on Thursday night. J.T. Snow also had a good night, when he allowed two of his teammates to score and also made an amazing catch to end the eighth inning.

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