Rewind: Giants at Padres, Game 1

Petco Park in San Diego has gathered an reputation of being a killer for power hitters. Well, San Francisco may have solved it, hammering 3 home runs Friday night. Unfortunately, it was the singles given up by the bullpen that did the Giants in.

The hot man on the team is Ray Durham, and he did not disappoint Friday night. However, it was not enough to save the San Francisco Giants from a 6-5 loss to the San Diego Padres Friday night.

The scoring began in the second inning with Steve Finley hitting a double to right. Feliz then belted a home run that hit the building in right field, landing in the second deck, giving the Giants a lead of 2-0, but that would not be the end of the rally.

Eliezer Alfonzo got on with an error by Josh Barfield.  After being sacrificed over to second by starting pitcher Jamey Wright, Randy Winn hit a triple to center that rolled under center fielder Mike Cameron’s glove and scored Alfonzo to make it 3-0 in the top of the second inning.

That was when Durham struck, hitting a shot to right field that landed several rows up the right field stands, extending the Giants lead to 4-0 in just the 3rd inning.

That would not be enough, however.  The Padres comeback started in the fourth inning when Brian Giles led off with a walk, scoring on Khalil Greene's double. Castilla, following Greene, got a single to hit in two runs, cutting the Giants lead in half to 4-2.

In the fifth, the Padres continued their comeback with Cameron leading off with a double to left.  Ben Johnson then shot a single to center, while Giles followed with a walk to load the bases with no one out. Then Mike Piazza, a longtime Giants nemesis, came through with a base hit to tie the game at 4-4.

After the Padres tied the game, Padres starter Chan Ho Park dominated San Francisco, setting twelve Giants hitters down in a row.  Then, in the eighth inning, former Padre Mark Sweeney hit a solo home run to give the Giants a temporary lead of 5-4.

But the lead wasn't enough to stave off three bloop hits in the bottom of the ninth. Brian Giles started off with a single to left center off closer Jeremy Accardo, who came in to work the ninth inning.  Giles then went to second on a wild pitch.  After Rob Bowen hit a line drive shot to Feliz for the first out, Adrian Gonzalez sent the ball to center for another single, and Giles stopped at third.  Greene then came up with one out and drove in the tying and winning runs with the third bloop hit of the inning.  The relay by Winn was not in time to get the winning runner, letting the game to slip away for a 6-5 Padres win and Chan Ho Park a birthday present.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz.  This game was disappointing, but Feliz had no hand in helping lose this game.  His booming home run to left was impressive, and he nearly had a second home run later in the game, and he made a big defensive play in the 9th that ended up being the only out Accardo got in the 9th.



Lisa L. Selby has been a die-hard Giants fan for over 30 years. You can contact her at lisaselby13@netzero.net .

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