The Stretch

First seventh-inning stretch of the season, and for all the freshness of Opening Day, it sures feels an awful lot like 2006. The Giants are down 4-0, and save for Ray Durham (of all people), they look worn and tired. And it’s only April.

The Padres added to their lead in the seventh when Jonathan Sanchez uncorked a pitch right out of “Major League,” to score Jose Cruz Jr. from third. Cruz smoked a triple into Triples Alley to start the inning against Kevin Correia, who replace Barry Zito after Barry the New pitched an anything-but-inspiring five innings, allowing three runs.

Still three innings to go to turn things around, but the first impression has not been a good one.