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09/12/08 2:30 AM ET
Gonzalez Bros. lead Padres past Giants
Duo combines for three homers in laugher at PETCO Park
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- He hasn't been completely blindsided by the experience, playing with his older brother, Edgar, here on the grandest stage possible, but Adrian Gonzalez quietly said on Thursday that he never entirely thought this possible. "We had a feeling it could possibly happen," Adrian Gonzalez said. Adrian Gonzalez wasn't pointing to any individual accolade, although the two home runs he drilled in an 11-3 victory over the Giants at PETCO Park on Thursday made him the third Padres player in history with 30 or more home runs in consecutive seasons. And Adrian Gonzalez wasn't specifically referring to the home run Edgar hit into the upper deck in left field, marking the first time in Padres history brothers have hit home runs in the same game and the first time it's been done as teammates in the Major Leagues since 2000. What Adrian Gonzalez, who is four years younger than Edgar, was alluding to was the total experience of sharing the same clubhouse, uniform and moments with his own blood. His friend, his brother. "It's an excitement that you only think about," Adrian Gonzalez said, thinking back to the day last November when Edgar signed a Minor League contract. "But now that we are living it ... it sends chills through your body." It did Thursday, as the Gonzalez brothers became the first brothers in the Major Leagues to hit home runs in the same game since Bengie and Jose Molina did it on July 31, 2005, while opposing each other. On Thursday, Adrian Gonzalez got the Padres (57-90) off to a fast start with a three-run home run in the first inning. He would later add a solo home run in the seventh inning to give him a career-high 31 for the season along with 103 RBIs, also a career high. Edgar Gonzalez drilled a two-run shot into the upper deck in left field as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, which left him beaming after the game, again, not so much for that hit, though he did feel short-changed, as his ball traveled an estimated 393 feet, short of Adrian's first home run that covered 402 feet. "I still think mine was farther," Edgar Gonzalez said. That's brothers for you, though. "That's got to be right up there with anything," Edgar Gonzalez said, comparing what he and his brother accomplished on Thursday to anything the duo have done thus far. "That felt really good, especially since he hit two. I was really proud of him." What might well have qualified as the feel-good game of the year in a season gone awry, the Padres had several notable storylines that didn't actually involve the brothers Gonzalez. In a lineup filled with seven rookies on Thursday, three of the freshest faces, center fielder Will Venable, left fielder Drew Macias and second baseman Matt Antonelli, combined for eight hits in 13 at-bats, with Macias making the most of his first Major League hit, a home run in the third inning. "Growing up watching SportsCenter, you hear about guys hitting their first home run in their first at-bat," Macias said. "You always wonder what your first hit is going to be." Macias spent the entire season at Double-A San Antonio, where he hit 11 home runs. He has a fan in general manager Kevin Towers, who considered bringing him up earlier this season. "They've all got talent," Adrian Gonzalez said. "They've all got a clue." Antonelli had a career-high three hits, and Venable had two hits and a walk while hitting leadoff. He also tracked down a couple long fly balls at the fence in center field that the Giants (65-81) just missed. Then there was another rookie, pitcher Josh Geer (2-0), who yielded nine hits over seven innings but allowed just two runs, while lowering his ERA to 3.18. Geer worked fast, not walking a single batter -- something the Padres' brass absolutely loves -- and he changed speeds. Sounds easy enough, right? "My two-seam was moving a little bit early, so I stayed with it, worked both sides of the plate," said Geer, who was buoyed by the Padres' five-run first inning.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.