Padres LF Brian Giles hits 1st homer as Friar
The San Diego Padres avoided being swept by beating the Houston Astros 7-1 at Qualcomm. A strong effort by Jake Peavy and the bullpen gave the Padres the pitching they needed and the hitters did not disappoint as Brian Giles hit his first homer as a Friar.
Brian Giles hit a two run homerun in the first inning to put the Padres quickly on top and later, in the bottom of the fifth, walked with the bases loaded to score another run. Sandwiched in between was a Jeff Kent homer in the fourth to make the score 3-1.
The homer for Giles was his first at Qualcomm since coming over from Pittsburgh in an August trade. It was his 17th of the season.
The walk in the fifth by Giles was just the start of what could have been a big inning, but turned into nothing more. Mike Gallo relieved Wade Miller and Phil Nevin followed the Giles walk by grounding into a double play to end the threat.
Miller made it through just 4-2/3 innings allowing three runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out five.
Gary Matthews Jr. and Mark Kotsay hit consecutive singles and Khalil Greene got hit by a pitch, grazing his shirt, to load the bases with no outs in the sixth. Gary Bennett hit a pitch just over the outstretched hands of Craig Biggio on a ball low and away for a double that scored all three runs to make the score 6-1. Bennett went to third on a pinch hit ground out by Dave Hansen. Burroughs grounded out to first but with the infield in, Bennett was unable to score. Ramon Vasquez hit a sharp single to left to score Bennett, making the score 7-1.
Jake Peavy (11-10) retired the last seven batters he faced and pitched six innings allowing one run, just two hits, while walking five and striking out six. Four Padres relievers shut out Houston on three hits the rest of the way.
Sean Burroughs was hit in the knee in an at bat in the fifth. He stayed in the game. Three Padres were hit by pitches today. Including Burroughs, and Greene, Vasquez was hit.
Second baseman Mark Loretta sat out Sunday's game with the Astros due to swelling in his left thumb.
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