Following two rough losses to start the series in which they couldn’t seem to catch a break, the Giants finally got a ball to bounce their way in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night.
With the score knotted up at 1-1, Pedro Feliz rifled a ball into the right field corner that got stuck underneath the padded wall allowing Steve Finley to score from first as the Giants’ rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Padres.
San Francisco’s offense scuffled through the first nine innings scoring only one run before coming to life in the 10th. Finley got things started against Padres’ reliever Alan Embree (2-2) beating out a grounder to first. Finley wouldn’t be there long thanks to Feliz’s RBI triple. Following an intentional walk to Barry Bonds, Ray Durham came lined a single to right-center knocking in Feliz as San Francisco increased it’s lead to 3-1. Scott Cassidy replaced Embree and walked Todd Greene to forcing in a run to make it 4-1.
Mark Sweeney gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the second clubbing a solo shot to right.
Starting pitcher Brad Hennessey cruised through the first four frames before Padres slugger Vinny Castilla blasted a fastball deep into the left-field bleachers leading off the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at 1-1. Following Castilla’s homer, Josh Barfield lined a single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Willliams. With one out, Mike Cameron stepped to the plate and crushed a ball that looked like it headed for the center-field gap, but Steve Finley made a spectacular catch he crashing up against the fence to rob Cameron of extra bases. Hennessey escaped further trouble retiring Eric Young on a groundout to short ending the inning.
Hennessey was thrust into a starting role because of the double header, pitched brilliantly despite getting a no-decision allowing one run on four hits and registering three strikeouts in six innings of work.
The bullpen which had been battered around so far in this series was flawless. Jeremy Accardo fresh off his first blown save of the season Friday night fired two scoreless innings, striking out three and retiring all six batters he faced. Steve Kline (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the victory and Armando Benitez who was pitching for the first time in a week, came on to close it out in the 10th for his seventh save of the season.
San Francisco now sits two games behind the first place Padres and they will be looking for a series split Sunday afternoon when Matt Morris (6-7, 4.24 ERA) take on Padres' Chris Young (7-3, 2.97 ERA) @ 1:05pm.SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th with an RBI triple. Jeremy Accardo, Steve Kline, and Armando Benitez toss four scoreless innings to keep the Giants in the game.
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