Padres Loretta homers in win
The San Diego Padres had plenty of chances to win over the course of nine innings, but were unable to pull it off. Instead the game went to extra innings and the Giants scored in the top of the tenth before the Friars came back to score two in the bottom of the tenth to get the win., 5-4.
September rookies got on base today; it just didn’t always work as planned, but the vets would come through.
Khalil Greene doubled down the left field line to open the ninth inning. Humberto Quintero followed and laid down a bunt. It was a little too hard and Jim Brower took the ball and wheeled, throwing to third. It was in time to get Greene who tried to slide in under the tag. Sean Burroughs followed with a single up the middle to put two men on with one out. Mark Loretta then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
JT Snow, with two outs in the tenth inning smacked a ball over the right field fence against Rod Beck, pitching his second inning of the game, to put the Giants in the lead 4-3. It was the seventh homer of the season for Snow, the fourth time Snow has homered against San Diego this year and second of this series.
Brian Giles hit a bloop single that dropped in front of Barry Bonds to open the bottom of the eleventh. Nevin followed with a walk to bring up Gary Matthews Jr. Matthews grounded out to first to advance the two runners and Kotsay, 4-11 against Worrell coming in, was intentionally walked. Keith Lockhart came on to pinch hit for the pitcher. Lockhart, took a 3-2 pitch and lined a single to right, scoring Giles and Nevin to win the game, 5-4. Snow playing in to go home witht he ball could not come close to the ball as it went past him towards the line.
Worrell (4-4), denied his 34th save, took the loss. Mike Matthews (6-4), who came on to pitch to Barry Bonds in the tenth got the win.
Adam Eaton personally thanked Loretta in the bottom of the sixth. Eaton pitched well in seven innings, allowing just three runs on three hits with three walks and six strike outs. Following a Burroughs walk, Loretta hit a home run to tie the game at three. It gave Eaton the support he needed and the game stayed tied until the Giants took the lead in the top of the tenth.
Brian Giles hit a sacrifice fly in the first to score Burroughs in the first inning. Giles also grounded into a double play, after being up in the count 3-0, with the bases loaded to end the third.
Jose Cruz had a sac fly of his own to score Edgardo Alfonzo in the top half of the second. Pitcher Jerome Williams then reached on an infield single to score Benito Santiago who followed an Alfonzo walk with a double.
Alfonzo homered for the third straight day, this time a solo shot in the fourth after jacking two run shots in each of the first two games. He now has ten homers on the season.
The members of the New York Police Department baseball team joined in pregame ceremonies for the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy. The San Diego Fire Department Color Guard presented the nation's colors and a moment of silence was observed prior to the playing of the national anthem.
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