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Power outage: Bonds falls shy of homer mark

Postby WebHamster » Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:00 am

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jake Peavy twirled six scoreless innings while Brian Giles homered and drove in four runs, as the San Diego Padres blanked Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants, 11-0, at SBC Park.

Peavy (1-1) allowed four hits and struck out four while holding Bonds in check in the slugger's bid to tie a major league record with a home run for the eighth consecutive game. Bonds ended 0-for-1 with two walks.

"To come in here, to a place we haven't played well, was a big night for the team mentally," said Peavy. "It was beautiful baseball for a team that's capable of playing good baseball."

Mark Loretta hit a three-run homer and Phil Nevin finished with three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Padres, who have taken the last two of this four- game set after dropping a 4-3 decision in the opener. Peavy aided his own cause with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate while adding an RBI and a run scored.

Jay Witasick and Jason Szuminski combined to throw the final three innings and did not allow a hit for San Diego, which has won four of its last five. Terrence Long contributed three hits and scored two runs in the win.

Jason Schmidt (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits through four innings with just one strikeout.

"Everything felt flat," said Schmidt of his performance. "I don't know what the (problem) is. I wanted to come in and give the team a lift," he continued. "We are kind of stale right now."

J.T. Snow notched two hits in the loss for the Giants, who have dropped six of their last seven overall.

The Padres took control from the start, scoring a run in each of the first three innings and adding four more in the top of the fourth.

In the first, Sean Burroughs started off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a grounder and scored when Giles grounded out.

An error by the Giants paved the way for a 2-0 San Diego lead. Long led off the second inning with a triple, but two straight outs ensued. When Peavy reached on a fielding error by Neifi Perez, Long scored.

Nevin's sacrifice fly in the third staked the Padres to a three-run lead.

Then in the fourth, the Padres exploded for four runs. Long singled to center leading off and moved to third on a base hit by Ramon Hernandez. One out later, Peavy's RBI single made it 4-0 in favor of San Diego.

With Hernandez and Peavy on base and two outs, Loretta belted a three-run homer over the wall in left as the Padres opened a seven-run lead.

The San Diego offense continued to churn out runs in the fifth, as Nevin laced a one-out double and crossed home plate when Ryan Klesko followed with an RBI single to left field.

Giles' second home run of the young season led off the seventh inning and pushed the visitors' lead to nine.

Three singles in the top of the eighth added two runs to the Padres' huge lead. Brian Buchanan and Burroughs hit consecutive singles and after a walk to Loretta loaded the bags, Giles came through with a two-run base hit.

"He can hit," said Padres manager Bruce Bochy about Giles, "His track record says he can hit, we know he can, and he's starting to get it going."

Bonds fell shy of matching the all-time record of home runs in consecutive games. The mark is shared by the Pirates' Dale Long (1956), the Yankees' Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), who at the time was playing for Seattle.
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