Padres Bullpen Fails Again
Szuminski debuts
Szuminski debuts

Posted Apr 11, 2004


Jake Peavy continued the starter’s dominance for the Padres on Sunday. He blanked the Giants over seven innings before giving way to the bullpen with a 3-0 lead. By the end of the eighth it was 5-3 as the Giants went on to win 6-3 and avoid the sweep. At least the Friars kept Barry Bonds at 559 homers.

Scott Linebrink relieved Jake Peavy in the eighth. After getting a fly out to open the inning he walked JT Snow and allowed an infield double to Marquis Grissom. Khalil Greene had tried to make a diving play but could not come up with the ball. Eddie Oropesa came on and issued an intentional walk to Barry Bonds. Jay Witasick was next in and allowed a single to Pedro Feliz that scored two and another single to Edgardo Alfonzo that tied the game at three. Antonio Osuna then entered the game and walked the bases loaded before Neifi Perez singled in two to put the Giants up 5-3. The Giants would tack another run on in the ninth, helped by an error by Burroughs.

Sean Burroughs led off the fourth with a base hit that could have been scored an error. Mark Loretta followed with a hit and run that sent Burroughs to third. Brian Giles then drilled a ball thrown on the outer part of the plate off the right field wall. Giles showing his speed, and a miscommunication on the Giants part, slid safely into third as the throw went awry, hitting Giles in the back and allowing Giles to come home to score the third run.

Notes:

Jason Szuminski debuted on Sunday and got Barry Bonds to fly out. One run crossed the plate on a bases loaded walk, but it was unearned.

The Padres have Monday off before Los Angeles comes to town.

Padres Manager Bruce Bochy entered tonight’s game just three wins shy of his 700th career managerial victory. By reaching 700 career wins, Bochy would become the 75th Major League manager to accomplish the feat. The winningest manager in franchise history, Bochy’s record currently stands at 697-748 (.482).

The Padres have already tied their win total at home against the Giants from all of 2003 (2-7).



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