The San Francisco Giants, entering Wednesday night's game with the opportunity to clinch a playoff…
Giants Clinch, Padres Lose, 8-3
Jason Schmidt allowed a first inning home run to Mark Loretta, his 12th of the season. In the second Brian Buchanon opened with a triple, scored on a Humberto Quintero single, and after a wild pitch by Schmidt, Ramon Vasquez tripled Quintero in to put the Padres up 3-0.
In the second, Andres Galarraga jumped on the first pitch he saw against Bynum to knock one out in a hurry. The Big Cat was able to smoke the ball as Quintero called for a pitch inside, and the ball went out over the plate where Galarraga could extend his arms. Benito Santiago had singled prior to the home run and the Giants quickly closed the gap at 3-2.
Marquis Grissom then wrapped a hanging fastball from Bynum around the foul pole to make it 4-3 in the third.
Grissom eventually chased Bynum in the fifth. He followed a Ray Durham single with one of his own that brought on Joe Roa. Roa then proceeded to give up a single to Rich Aurilia, scoring Durham. Barry Bonds came up and hit two of the longest foul balls in the history of the game before finally singling softly up the middle to score Grissom, making the score 6-3.
Bynum (0-3) allowed seven hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Santiago scored again in the sixth. After he led off with a double, and moved to third on a fly out, Jose Cruz knocked him in with a sac fly of his own. Cruz drove in the final run in the eight on an infield single.
Khalil Greene turned on a pitch from Jason Schmidt in the fourth and lined one down the line for a double. How he hit the pitch is still a mystery as it was headed for his belt buckle. A bigger mystery is how it stayed fair. Following Greene, Humberto Quintero struck out on a high fastball that he tipped into the glove of Santiago.
Greene came up again in the sixth with Brian Buchanon on first (he stole second during the at bat). Greene went quickly down 0-2 and was blown away with a fastball for strike three.
Quintero picked Grissom off first base in the first inning.
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