SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Halfway into the season, Eric Young finally got
to hit at Petco Park.
The 38-year-old player was impressive in his first game in
nearly three months, with three hits, an RBI and a run in the San
Diego Padres' 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday
"I consider this opening day for me," Young said. "There's
just something about that first game for me coming back."
Young had been out since dislocating his right shoulder in the
first inning of the Padres' home opener on April 7 against
Pittsburgh when he crashed into the center field fence while making
"I was just very grateful to put my jersey back on and go out
there," said Young, activated from the 60-day disabled list
earlier in the day.
Walking up to home plate to open the Padres' first inning, Young
said he thought about April 7 and how he was also supposed to bat
leadoff that night.
"I said, 'There's not going to be anything to stop me from
getting this at-bat tonight.' It felt good."
Young flied out to center field in his first at-bat. He singled
and scored in the four-run third, then hit an RBI single in the
fourth. He doubled to left in the seventh, missing a homer by just
During a rehab assignment to Triple-A Portland, he went
"It was just good to get out there and get the first one out of
the way," he said. "Whenever you go 0-for-16, you've got a lot of
pride and you want to get a hit."
Rookie Ben Johnson had a big night, too. He had a two-run double
off Jeff Fassero for his first big league hit.
"My heart was racing," Johnson said. "I had a scouting report
on the guy but I totally forgot it. It's a great feeling, something
I've worked for my whole life."
With Brian Giles starting in center field in place of injured
Dave Roberts, Johnson made his first big league start in right.
With runners on first and second and none out in the second,
Johnson grounded into a double play. With the bases loaded and two
outs in the third, he doubled to left to give the Padres a 4-1
"I just tried to get something up in the zone and put a good
swing on it," Johnson said. "I knew I hit it on the barrel, I was
just hoping it would find a hole for me."
Johnson was recalled from Portland last Sunday when first
baseman Phil Nevin was put on the disabled list. He made his major
league debut that day as a defensive replacement in left field.
Woody Williams (4-5) held the Giants to four hits and two runs
in six innings. He struck out three and walked two. Trevor Hoffman
pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances, and the 415th of
The Giants had their four-game winning streak snapped.
The Padres had five hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt off
Fassero (1-6) in the third. Fassero lasted only four innings,
allowing five runs and nine hits, striking out two and walking one.
"That was just a frustrating inning, that whole inning,"
Fassero said. "I made some good pitches and they hit them. They
weren't hitting the ball hard enough for the outfielders to do
anything. It was an ugly inning."
Damian Jackson singled to right to open the third and was
sacrificed by Williams. Young hit a single that kicked off third
baseman Pedro Feliz's glove and bounced over the head of shortstop
Omar Vizquel into left field. Khalil Greene hit an RBI single that
fell in just in front of center fielder Alex Sanchez, and Giles
followed with a single to center to load the bases. Robert Fick
walked with one out to force in the go-ahead run, and Johnson
followed with his double.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first on Ray
Durham's bloop single to left that scored J.T. Snow. They closed
the gap on Moises Alou's sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI
double in the eighth by Snow, who had three hits.
Reliever Paul Quantrill is due to join the Padres on
Sunday. Designated for assignment Thursday by the New York Yankees,
Quantrill was acquired for struggling pitchers Darrell May and Tim
Redding, plus cash. Activating Young filled one roster spot, and
the Padres filled the other by recalling reliever Brian Falkenborg
from Triple-A Portland. To make room for Quantrill, the Padres
likely will put Roberts on the DL due to a sore knee.