Not exactly the game a team wants to end the first half on.
The Giants (43-51) lose their last game before the All Star break to the Padres (42-54) in San Diego, 10-1. Barry Zito (L, 4-7) and the bullpen could not hold back the San Diego lineup allowing all 10 runs before the end of the 5th.
Zito would allow three home runs in a start that just last two plus innings. The first one was a solo shot by Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia in the 1st inning. Then in the 2nd, Zito allowed back to back solo homers to catcher Nick Hundley and outfielder Will Venable to make it 3-1.
However, it was the 3rd inning where the Padres would do their worst. Zito was only around for one batter walking Evereth Cabrera. After that, righty Jake Dunning took over on the mound.
Dunning, however, ran into trouble himself. He would hit a batter with a pitch then allow an RBI double to San Diego outfielder Carlos Quentin.
After loading the bases on a walk, Dunning would get second baseman Jedd Gyorko to strikeout. Then Dunning got a much needed ground ball to short with a chance to turn two. However, Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro fumbled the exchange and could only get the runner out at second allowing a run to score and the inning to stay alive. Next batter, Nick Hundley would hit a two-run single to left.
Javy Lopez would then take over for Dunning but could not stop the rally immediately. Lopez would allow two hits and one run before finally retiring the side with Evereth Cabrera striking out.
After the Padres tacked on another run in the 4th with a bases loaded infield single by Jesus Guzman, Carlos Quentin would hit a two-run home run in the 5th to make it a nine-run ballgame.
Meanwhile, it was Padres starter Eric Stults (W, 8-7) keeping San Francisco in check for most of the game. Stults went six innings striking out five and allowing one run on five hits and two walks. The one run allowed was an RBI single by Marco Scutaro in the 1st inning. Andres Torres would be the one to score after leading off the game with a triple to right center.
With the game out of reach after five, the Giants could not cut into the deficit one bit with their best chance coming in the 7th with no outs and runners on the corners. That would end with Andres Torres popping out to short followed by Marco Scutaro grounding into a side-ending double play. The Giants would not get another runner on base after that.
The first three games of the series did go much better for the Giants. San Francisco would get a strong outing from Madison Bumgarner (W, 10-5) as the Giants would win by a final of 4-2 on Thursday. Two runs in the 8th would grab the lead for the Orange and Black as they snapped a four-game losing streak.
Game two was a 10-1 Giants win with eight of those ten runs coming in the 6th and 7th innings. Meanwhile, it was Chad Gaudin (W, 3-1) giving the Giants a strong start going five innings allowing one run on three hits and four walks.
Tim Lincecum (W, 5-9) would make history in a 9-0 Giants win on Saturday throwing the 15th no-hitter in Giants history and the first ever no-no at Petco Park. Lincecum would walk 4 and a hit a batter with a pitch but allowed no hits to the Padres throwing a total of 148 pitches and getting 13 strikeouts.
San Francisco finishes six and a half games behind the Diamondbacks (50-45) at the break, who lead the NL West. They have the 2nd worst record in the division being only in front of San Diego by two games.
In statistics, the Giants are ranked 20th in team ERA (4.11) with the starters being largely the reason why. Starter ERA for San Francisco at the break is 4.59, 24th in the bigs.
The offensive numbers for the Giants are not as bad with the team batting .264 so far in 2013, good enough for 7th best in the Majors. However, San Francisco is more more middle of the pack in total runs scored being ranked 17th. The Giants are also lacking in extra base hits (259) ranked 22nd and in home runs (62) ranked 28th.
The Champs get a few days off as the All Star break has arrived. The Giants have a total of four players going to New York to play in this year’s All Star game: Catcher and reigning NL MVP Buster Posey, second baseman and 2012 NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro, starter Madison Bumgarner, and closer Sergio Romo.
San Francisco will resume play on Friday as they come back to AT&T to play the visiting Diamondbacks in a three game series.
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Written by Daniel Trucios