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Giants lose Bonds-less home opener to Gonzalez, Padres

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux had to take a few extra minutes of preparation before facing the San Francisco Giants for the first time since they cut ties with Barry Bonds.

Maddux has faced Bonds more than any other hitter in his storied career and always knew what his strategy would be against the slugger with the game on the line.

Maddux managed just fine after a shaky first inning, retiring 19 of his final 20 batters to earn his 348th win and spoil the Giants' home opener by leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-4 victory Monday.

"It is different," Maddux said. "He's probably the best player I've ever had a chance to face. I know when you used to go over the Giants lineup, you worried about eight guys because you know you're going to walk Barry if it matters. I actually had to worry about one more guy. It took a little bit longer."

Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer and four runs, Khalil Greene drove in three runs and Jim Edmonds hit a pair of RBI singles to lead the Padres.

The Giants celebrated the 50th anniversary of their move from New York without the player responsible for the bulk of the team's highlights the past 15 seasons. The team decided not to bring back Bonds after he broke Hank Aaron's career home run record last season, and the slugger remains unsigned.

So far, the post-Bonds era has provided few highlights for the Giants. While the fans were still getting settled following a pregame ceremony that honored Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Felipe Alou and other members of the 1958 team that was the first in San Francisco, the Padres jumped out to an early lead against Matt Cain (0-1).

Tadahito Iguchi doubled with one out in the first and Gonzalez followed with his second homer of the season, an opposite-field shot to left-center.

Edmonds added his first RBI single in a three-run third that gave the Padres a 5-1 lead, and that figured to be more than enough support for Maddux (1-0) against a team that has only 16 runs and one win through the first seven games of the post-Bonds era.

"It's disappointing. We wanted to give the fans something to cheer," said Bengie Molina, who drove in three of San Francisco's four runs. "We haven't been playing the best ball and we have to pick it up. Bottom line is we have to score runs."

Maddux gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, and has won six straight decisions against San Francisco since 2003. He walked two and allowed an RBI single to Molina in the first -- the only run the Giants have scored before the fifth inning this season -- before finding his groove.

"He was just a little bit off but three hits and one run through seven innings, come on," manager Bud Black said. "Mentally he doesn't cave in if he doesn't feel good or is a little bit off. Some guys don't fight through that but he does. Every pitch he tries to get it together. He found it in the middle of the game and toward the end and ended up doing very well."

There was a different feel at the ballpark as the banners honoring record home run No. 756 and the Bonds home run counter were gone. In their place was a plaque honoring Bonds' record-setting homer and a tribute to the four Giants in the 500-homer club: Bonds, Mays, Willie McCovey and Mel Ott.

The absence of Bonds must have been especially welcome for the Padres, who allowed 87 of the slugger's 762 career home runs - more than any other team.

Maddux and Bonds squared off 154 times, with Bonds hitting eight homers off the four-time Cy Young Award winner but none since 1998.

The Giants have struggled to score runs without Bonds and have matched the worst start since the team moved west in 1958.

"It's too early to say we're not good enough, we can't get it done," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's why it's so important to wash all these games off and come out here and be ready to go. It will take a little time for this team to believe it can win. We need a few wins for that to happen. It hasn't happened yet."

Cain allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits with five walks in 4 1/3 innings. He fell to 0-4 in his last seven starts against the Padres.

Notes

  • Padres C Michael Barrett left with a strained right elbow and went back to San Diego to have it checked out.
  • Longtime Giants equipment manager Mike Murphy, who began his tenure with the team as a bat boy in 1958, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Maddux walked two batters in the first, marking the first time he had a pair of unintentional walks in an inning since June 4, 2006, against St. Louis.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez does his best Barry Bonds impression, hitting a homer and driving in four runs.  (AP)
Adrian Gonzalez does his best Barry Bonds impression, hitting a homer and driving in four runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5000106 .241
    Enrique Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5220011 .333
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5442010 .344
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3210121 .290
Jim Edmonds, CF5022012 .308
Khalil Greene, SS3023000 .323
Scott Hairston, LF3000202 .250
Michael Barrett, C2000113 .250
    Josh Bard, C2020000 .350
Greg Maddux, P2000022 .000
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000011 .250
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   b- Callix Crabbe, PH-RF0000100 .000
Totals36813769  
a-struck out for Maddux in the 8th
b-walked for Meredith in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (3, Cain), Josh Bard (2, Taschner)
3B - Khalil Greene (1, Yabu)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (2, Cain)
SF - Khalil Greene 2 (2)
SH - Greg Maddux (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (6), Jim Edmonds 2 (2), Khalil Greene 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Khalil Greene (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Maddux-Greene-Gonzalez, Greene-Iguchi-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (W,1-0) 7311250 2.77
Cla Meredith 1000010 0.00
Enrique Gonzalez 1333100 15.43
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 94-58, Cla Meredith 11-8, Enrique Gonzalez 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 13-2, Enrique Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 25, Cla Meredith 3, Enrique Gonzalez 6
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, LF3000100 .118
Eugenio Velez, 2B4110011 .273
Aaron Rowand, CF3210110 .375
Bengie Molina, C4123000 .240
Fred Lewis, RF3010100 .167
Jose Castillo, 3B4010002 .269
Rich Aurilia, 1B2000001 .190
    Keiichi Yabu, P0000000 .000
   a- Ray Durham, PH1000000 .176
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   b- Randy Winn, PH1000000 .250
Brian Bocock, SS3000010 .211
Matt Cain, P1000010 .000
    Daniel Ortmeier, 1B2000020 .091
Totals3146336  
a-grounded out for Yabu in the 7th
b-flied out for T. Walker in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (2, Maddux), Bengie Molina (1, En. Gonzalez)
3B - Eugenio Velez (2, En. Gonzalez)
RBI - Bengie Molina 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dave Roberts 1
DP - Roberts-Aurilia, Velez-Bocock-Ortmeier
E - Jose Castillo (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (L,0-1) 4.1754551 3.60
Keiichi Yabu 2.2211020 5.06
Jack Taschner 1100020 2.70
Brian Wilson 0.2322100 9.00
Tyler Walker 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Hairston by Matt Cain
HBP - Kouzmanoff (by Brian Wilson)
WP - Matt Cain (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 96-56, Keiichi Yabu 35-26, Jack Taschner 14-8, Brian Wilson 27-16, Tyler Walker 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 2-6, Keiichi Yabu 4-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 25, Keiichi Yabu 9, Jack Taschner 4, Brian Wilson 7, Tyler Walker 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42861
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth