All About Burroughs, Greene …and Payton

Sean Burroughs and Khalil Greene were the primary sources of offense on opening night at Petco Park for the San Diego Padres. Burroughs had three RBI's, Greene went perfect on the night, including throwing a runner out at home and Payton stole a home run away from Barry Bonds. Just another opener at Petco Park. After Thursday, the team will need its day off on Friday.

A ground rule double off the bat of Sean Burroughs scored the first Petco run. Khalil Greene came around to score for the first time. In the ninth, Greene would again score on a Burroughs hit, but it was his time at the dish that was truly impressive. Burroughs faced eleven pitches from Matt Herges and finally caught the one he wanted, a hanging changeup that he singled up the middle to score Greene.

"That was a fabulous at-bat," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

"I just battled," Burroughs said. I was trying to be as quiet as I can be with my body and be as quick as I can with my hands."

Then after Miguel Ojeda tied the game with a ground rule double, that would have easily ended the game had it stayed in play, Burroughs again came up with Greene sitting on third. It was as if it was simply meant to be.

"This was like out of a fictional novel -- Opening Night that had been anticipated for so many years and a full house," Sean Burroughs said. "There are some things in this game that I don't think we'll ever forget."

Burroughs hit a blooper to left field that fell in and gave the Padres the victory, a 4-3 win.

"I had my left-handed hitter's mentality there," said Burroughs. "I didn't want to pull anything. You learn from experience. Last year I was always jumping on pitches. I'm trying to be more selective."

Greene went 3-for-3 on the night with two walks and scored three times, all by the hand of Burroughs.

"Greene and Burroughs both, what great games they had," Bochy said. "Greene got on base every time and his at-bat in the last inning [a walk] set up the win. That's the difference in the game."

Jay Payton did not produce any offense of note, but his defense in centerfield was stellar. He took home run number 660 away from Barry Bonds in the sixth inning.

"I couldn't really tell. I thought maybe it would hit the top of the wall," Payton said. "That's padding on the top of the fence, so there's a chance it might have hit the top of it and bounced out anyway. But it was hit so hard there's also a chance that it might have gone through it.

"I thought it had a shot to go out because I was playing deep," said Payton, who also signed in the offseason as a free agent with the Padres. "I knew it had a chance. It didn't have quite enough air in it, I guess."

What the play did represent was the reason they had to have Payton for centerfield. His defense. It has already paid dividends for the Padres.

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