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Giants drop Padres into a tie for wild card lead

Sep 25, 2007 - 6:17 AM By Ryan Leong PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The San Diego Padres are suddenly fighting for their playoff lives.

Chris Young yielded five runs in the third inning as the Padres continued to slump in a 9-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

The loss was the fourth straight after seven consecutive wins for San Diego (85-71), which is now tied with Philadelphia (85-71) for the lead in the National League wild card. The Padres, who led the wild card by 2 1/2 games last Wednesday, also trail the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks (88-68) by three games in the NL West with six games remaining.

"We're not out of the division, Arizona still has to win and we've got to win some games," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We still determine our own fate. For us, the Phillies, the Rockies, and the Diamondbacks, it's a six-game season. It's great, it's exciting. I know our guys are excited about it. They know that they're in contention. There's a lot of teams that would trade places with us right now."

Young (9-8), who was selected to this year's All-Star game, had another tough second-half outing. The righthander surrendered eight hits and seven runs in five innings and is just 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA since the All-Star break.

"Sometimes you don't get the breaks," Young said. "I thought there were some good pitches in there, a ground ball that found the hole. One thing that leads to the next and they got five (runs) and that was it. It sounds redundant but I thought I threw the ball decent. Its frustrating because its a big game, its a night we needed to win and it didn't go our way."

Omar Vizquel did most of the damage for the Giants with three hits and four RBI.

Barry Zito (10-14) picked up the win despite another mediocre outing. The lefthander, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract in the offseason, pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

"The boys picked me up big-time tonight," Zito said. "I'd get baserunners on before there were even outs, but I made some good pitches and got out of some jams. Keeping the big inning away from them was less scoring runs than momentum-wise. Let them keep scratching but it never changed the momentum."

Zito will finish with the first losing season of his career, but he did reach double-digits in wins for the seventh straight year.

"He struggled with his command and I could tell he wasn't on top of his game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But he kept his composure and not letting the game get away from us. The plan right now is for Barry to get one more (start). The consistency he has shown over the years, I'm sure he wants that one more."

The Padres scored singled runs in the first two innings on an RBI single by Kevin Kouzmanoff and a groundout by Brian Giles for a 2-0 lead.

The Giants answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the second on an RBI triple by Vizquel and a single by Zito.

San Francisco broke it open in the third with a two-run single by Vizquel capping the frame.

Barry Bonds, who is day-to-day with a sprained big toe he injured on September 15 at San Diego, sat out for the ninth straight game. The Giants, who have decided not to re-sign Bonds to another contract, have plans to honor his accomplishments in the final home game on Wednesday night.

"He's doing better so I'll talk to him again tomorrow," Bochy said. "We'll see when we can get him out there. He swung the bat well today so he's real close. I want to give him one more day and we'll see where he's at. He may be able to pinch hit tomorrow."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 12 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 2 5 0 0 0 2 0 x 9 14 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SDG - CHRIS YOUNG, CLA MEREDITH (6TH), JUSTIN GERMANO (8TH) AND JOSH
    BARD
    SFO - BARRY ZITO, BRAD HENNESSEY (6TH), SCOTT ATCHISON
    (8TH), JACK TASCHNER (9TH), TYLER

    Sep 25 1:00 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    BUNT SINGLE BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED RICH AURILIA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, O VIZQUEL ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B HENNESSEY (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 25 12:29 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RICH AURILIA SCORED RYAN KLESKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R AURILIA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: F LEWIS (.284, 2-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 25 12:28 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH BARD SCORED ADRIAN GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: G BLUM (.247, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 11:49 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BRIAN GILES SCORED GEOFF BLUM.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B CLARK ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: S HAIRSTON (.248, 0-FOR-2)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 11:29 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED RICH AURILIA AND FRED LEWIS.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, O VIZQUEL ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B ZITO (.121, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 11:19 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY CHRIS YOUNG ALLOWED RYAN KLESKO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, F LEWIS ON FIRST, R AURILIA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: O VIZQUEL (.242, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 11:17 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FRED LEWIS SCORED RANDY WINN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F LEWIS ON FIRST, R AURILIA ON SECOND, R
    KLESKO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: O VIZQUEL (.242, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 11:16 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN KLESKO SCORED KEVIN FRANDSEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R KLESKO ON FIRST, R WINN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R AURILIA (.254, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 11:09 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BARRY ZITO SCORED OMAR VIZQUEL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ZITO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: D ROBERTS (.261, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 10:52 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED FRED LEWIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O VIZQUEL ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B ZITO (.105, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 10:50 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY BRIAN GILES SCORED BRADY CLARK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B GILES ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: S HAIRSTON (.249, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 10:39 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 1 1 2 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SDG - CHRIS YOUNG
    SFO - BARRY ZITO

    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: D ROBERTS (.262, 2 HR, 22 RBI)
    K FRANDSEN (.270, 4 HR, 28 RBI)
    R WINN (.290, 12 HR, 59 R

    Padres vs. GiantsSep 24 10:23 PM