Giants Fall in Post-Bonds Home Opener

Veteran Maddux gets win for Padres, as Gonzalez homers
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 11:57 PM CDT
San Diego Padres' Tadahito Iguchi, left, of Japan, throws to first to retire San Francisco Giants' Jose Castillo for the second out of a double play, after forcing out Giants' Fred Lewis, right.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – Greg Maddux earned his 348th career win, Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer and four runs, and the San Diego Padres spoiled the San Francisco Giants' first home opener since cutting ties with Barry Bonds by winning 8-4 Monday. 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 Bonds back 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 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).