After a long night that provided plenty of joy and a little bit of pain, the Giants were at it again early Wednesday with a series finale day game against the Padres in the rain.
With a much-needed victory Tuesday, the Giants sent Kirk Rueter (1-3) to the hill in hopes he could snap out his pitching funk of late. Countering the Giants lefty on the mound Wednesday was the Padres late spring acquisition, Tim Redding (0-4).
Unlike his previous four starts this season Rueter started off hot, retiring the first nine hitters who came to bat. Rueter looked much more confidant and had a great rhythm this start, working the corners with his arsenal of off speed pitches. Rueter also contributed with his bat, recording an infield single and reaching on an error.
The first runs of the game came at the hands of the Giants in the fourth inning. Ray Durham led off with walk. Moises Alou then followed with an infield single, which brought up Pedro Feliz who belted a three-run homer deep into the left field bleachers. Redding continued to struggle allowing three more runs in the inning, before being lifted for Dennys Reyes.
In a rainy fifth inning the Padres were finally able to break through against Woody, as they scored a run to bring the score to 6-1 Giants. Rueter kept his cool however, and got out of the inning without further damage.
In the sixth inning after walking Dave Roberts and allowing a single to left to Brian Giles, Rueter was lifted for Al Levine.
San Francisco tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning off a couple walks, an error and a bases loaded single by Durham. In the seventh the Giants scored again to bring the score to 10-1.
San Diego rallied for a pair in the eighth, but came up short with the final score ending up 10-3. Besides Levine, Jason Christiansen and Jim Brower provided excellent relief pitching.
The Giants continued to tweak their lineup Wednesday in hopes of igniting Durhams slumping bat. Durham was moved to the third hole, with Alou protecting him at the clean up spot.
Jason Ellison and Yorvit Torrealba both solid games for the boys by the bay. Ellison went 3-3, with 3 runs scored and a walk, while Torrealba went 2-3, with an RBI and a walk.
Sadly for the Giants Armando Benitez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday morning. The newly acquired closer strained his right hamstring while covering first base on the final play of Tuesday nights game. To replace Benitezs spot on the roster the Giants called Scott Munter up from Triple-A Fresno.
Everybody else is healthy as can be," reliever Matt Herges said. "It's too bad about Mando, but until he comes out we'll try to hold the fort down for him, like we did for Robb Nen a couple years ago."
With Benitez sidelined the Giants will turn to a supporting cast to keep the ship a float until he returns. Benitez is expected to miss two to six weeks.
The thing about a reliever is you have to be ready to pitch at any time, no matter the situation," Christiansen said. "Every single one of us is a closer in our own roles. That's how we look at it. Whenever there's an inning to pitch, you have to throw zeros."
The Giants were celebrating another birthday Wednesday, with Feliz turning 30 and having fun doing so. Besides his four-bagger he was able to play the game at his favorite position, third base. Feliz had started every game in left field, but was filling in for Edgardo Alfonzo who was removed from Tuesday nights game for precautionary reasons, after feeling tightness in his hamstring.
The Giants have the day off Thursday as, the team travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. Brett Tomko (1-3) looks to pick up his second win in a row against the Pirates left-hander Mark Redman (1-1).
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