The rough patch for the San Francisco Giants continues as they lose their fifth straight game. The San Diego Padres defeated the defending World Champs earlier today 6-4 completing a three game sweep at Petco Park.
The Giants now fall to 13-12 on the year as the Padres improve to 9-15.
The Padres hit 3 home runs off of Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong for a total of 5 runs. The long balls started in the 1st when Chase Headley hit a solo shot to center for his 2nd home run of the year. Then Nick Hundley hit a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning for his 2nd of the year. Alexi Amarista hit the last home run for San Diego in the 4th inning getting a 2-run shot himself, his first long ball of the season.
Vogelsong would be taken out in the 6th after giving up a walk and a single to start off the inning. Vogelsong (1-2) has not had it this year as he’s given up 7 home runs already in 2013 and has a 6.23 ERA.
The sixth Padres run would be scored in that 6th inning as Alexi Amarista scored on a passed ball by Buster Posey.
San Diego’s starter Jason Marquis (2-2) got the win but it didn’t look easy. Marquis gave up 6 hits and walked 4 but only allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. Brandon Crawford hit a sac fly to center to score in Hunter Pence and later Pablo Sandoval singled in Angel Pagan in the 5th.
Marquis did avoid a huge third inning. The bases were loaded with 1 out when he managed to get Pence to ground out into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play. Giants were 2-7 with runners in scoring position.
The Giants’ hopes were raised by Buster Posey in the 8th inning when he hit a two run home run to right off of Padres reliever Brad Brach. It was Posey’s 3rd home run of the year.
Chris Denorfria almost made the jumping catch to bring back Posey’s home run but had just missed as he hit the wall. Denorfria, however, would make a web gem like play later in the inning. With the tying runs on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, Denorfria made a diving catch on an Andres Torres line drive that would’ve tied the game.
The Giants would get some late 9th inning action going when Pablo Sandoval singled aboard with two outs. Buster Posey, however, would ground out to second to end the game and the series.
Game 1 and 2 of the series were pretty close contests. Game 1 was a low scoring affair that ended in a 2-1 Padres win. San Diego managed to get a couple of 2-out RBI singles in the 3rd inning which would be enough to defeat Tim Lincecum (2-1).
Game 2 had the Giants out to a 5 run lead, large part due to a 3-run home run by Brandon Crawford in the 2nd inning, his 5th homer of the year. The Padres, however, had a 6-run 4th inning which started with a dropped ball by Andres Torres in left field.
A Hunter Pence triple would score two runs for the Giants in the 5th inning to get San Francisco’s lead back. Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks would then tie the game in the 7th with an RBI single to center.
The game would go into extras where the Padres had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the 12th. Nick Hundley hit a hard grounder which went under the glove of Giants 2B Marco Scutaro allowing Yonder Alonso to score from third for a 8-7 Padres win.
The Giants must now find a way to end their losing streak in Arizona as they leave Southern California to take on the Diamondbacks in a three game series. San Francisco’s probables are Matt Cain (0-2), Madison Bumgarner (3-0), and Tim Lincecum (2-1). Arizona’s probables are Ian Kennedy (1-2), Trevor Cahill (1-3), and Brandon McCarthy (0-3).
The D’Backs were the ones who started the Giants off on this 5 game skid. Arizona managed to win 2 out of 3 at San Francisco earlier this week.
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Written by Daniel Trucios