Almost Perfect
JJ Furmaniak
JJ Furmaniak

Posted Mar 15, 2004


Everyone dreams about it. Few get to live it. Two outs. Bottom of the ninth. Your team is down by two. Two men are on and you are at the plate. A double ties the game. A home run will win the game…well it wasn’t perfect. A home run only gave the San Diego Padres the lead in the top of the ninth and JJ Furmaniak supplied the lumber.
In other action, David Wells made his first appearance of the spring, giving up a homer to the first batter he faced.

JJ Furmaniak hit a three run homer in the top of the ninth off Derrick Turnbow to give the Padres a 6-5 split-squad win over the Anaheim Angels. It was he only at bat of the day for Furmaniak.

The Angels scored all five runs off homers. Justin Germano gave up a two run dinger in the fourth and Kevin Walker gave up two in the seventh. Dennis Tankersley pitched 2-2/3 of scoreless ball to open the game and Jay Witasick picked up the win with two innings of no hit ball.

Walker left the game with a blister on his thumb.

Khalil Greene knocked in two runs, one on a single to left and another on a bases loaded walk. Miguel Ojeda knocked in the other Padre run. Sean Burroughs, Tagg Bozied and Jon Knott had two hits apiece and the Friars pounded out 15 hits total on the day.

In other split squad action, David Wells gave up a home run to the first batter he faced before settling down. He allowed two runs, one earned, in two innings of work. Chris Oxspring followed and allowed a solo home run to Mike Sweeney.

"Just to get back out there and be pain-free was the main concern," Wells said. "I didn't try to overdo it. "The first couple of pitches it was a little tight, but then I got through it fine."

The Padres came back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Klesko singled, the first Padre hit of the game, and was replaced on the base paths by Todd Donovan. Vasquez walked after Tom Wilson hit into a fielder’s choice. A wild pitch scored Donovan and Rey Ordonez smacked a double to score Vasquez. Another wild pitch followed putting Ordonez on third. Rico Washington walked. Washington then took off for second getting the Royals catcher to throw down to second. Ordonez trotted home on the back half of the double steal to tie the game as Washington was thrown out at second.

The game went into extra innings. In the eleventh, Brian Sanches gave up a grand slam home run and a solo home run as the Royals won, 8-3.

Notes: Commissioner Bud Selig was in attendance at Sunday's game in Peoria, and said he will attend the Padres' home opener in Petco Park.



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