looked to their ace, Jason Schmidt, to be the stopper. He took the
mound against Adam Eaton, the Padres hard throwing ace.
In the top of the second, Mark Sweeney smashed a solo roundtripper to
give the Padres an early lead. After that, Schmidt ended the inning
without any more damage.
J.T. Snow hit a single and Edgardo Alfonzo knocked him in with a long
double to tie the game up. Omar Vizquel drew a walk and stole second
base. Snow collected another hit as he smashed a ball to death valley,
and even the slow Snow made it to third base. With Vizquel crossing the
plate, the Giants took the lead.
Schmidt was just over one hundred pitches, and he was given a chance to
continue pitching in the seventh when he wasnt lifted for a pinch
hitter in the bottom of the sixth, even though the Giants had two
runners on. Schmidt struck out, but more importantly, he allowed Ryan
Klesko to double home the go-ahead run for the Padres. This was crucial
because the Padres have a very effective 1-2-3 punch in their seventh,
eighth, and ninth inning pitchers. Schmidt took his exit after 132
Scott Eyre took over and ended the inning without any more damage. The
Giants went into the bottom half of the seventh trailing by one run.
Vizquel led off the inning and got onboard when Sweeney could not
handle his grounder, and ended the night for Eaton. After that, Sweeney
gave the Giants another gift as his throw to second base on a Snow
grounder in an attempt to start a double play drew shortstop Jeff Blum
off the bag, and everyone was safe.
With no outs, skipper Felipe Alou decided to have his hottest hitter,
Alfonzo, sacrifice bunt the runners over, which he did successfully.
Moises Alou, arguably the Giants most dangerous hitter without Barry
Bonds, was intentionally walked, leaving the bases loaded for Pedro
Feliz with one out.
Feliz proceeded to hit a single up the middle against Scott Linebrink,
giving the Giants a one run lead. Following that, Ray Durham slowly
tapped a ball to short, but since the ball was tapped so slowly, Feliz
was thrown out at second, but the throw back to first was too late,
enabling Alou to score another run.
However, Eyre began the eighth inning with a walk to pinch hitter
Miguel Ojeda. He was taken out and replaced by closer Armando Benitez
to face another pinch hitter, Phil Nevin. Nevin slammed a two run shot
to left field, making the game even again.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Giants tried to take the lead
back. Jason Ellison, who came into the game on a double switch with
Benitez, hustled out an infield single and proceeded that with a steal.
Vizquel grounded out with Ellison advancing to third, and Snow
continued his spectacular night with a double down the right field
line, giving the Giants the lead again.
Benitez stayed in the game to pitch for the Giants, and got his first
win as a Giant.
SFDugouts Player of the Game: J.T. Snow had a big night, with four
hits, three of them being extra bases, and was a homerun away from
hitting for the cycle. He had four of the Giants eight hits, and was
involved in all of the Giants scoring. More importantly, he gave the
Giants the clutch hits that they needed to score during the right time.
Notes: Edgardo Alfonzo was pulled after an inning ending strike three
check swing in the eighth inning... Armando Benitez injured himself on
his way to cover first base on the final play of the game. Benitez had
a right hamstring strain, and Alfonzo was taken out of the game for
precautionary reasons. Both are questionable for tomorrows game... J.T
Snow had his 15th career 4-hit game.
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