Padres Lose Series in San Francisco
The San Diego Padres' struggles continued as the team has lost seven of eight and has fallen to 10 games under .500. The team has fallen 10.5 game back in the NL West and nine games back in the Wild Card race.
The Friars faced off versus the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park this weekend. After dropping the first game on Thursday, the Padres responded with a 6-2 win on Friday night. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 2nd, Manny Margot doubled to drive in Cory Spangenberg to tie the game at 1. Margot added another run in the 6th with an RBI Single to drive in Freddy Galvis to extend the Padres lead to 3-1.
After the Giants cut the lead to 3-2 in the 7th, the Padres added three more runs in the top of the 9th. Eric Hosmer drove in two runs with an RBI Single and Jose Pirela drove in another to extend the lead to 6-2. Starter Clayton Richard pitched 6 innings giving up just 3 runs on 2 hits picking up the win.
In the second game of the series, the Padres were unable to contain Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford who broke an 0-18 slump with three hits, all of which were for extra bases as the Giants defeated the Padres 5-3. Hunter Renfroe hit his 4th home run of the year to give the Friars a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th, but the lead was short lived as Crawford tripled to tie the game at 1 in the bottom half of the inning.
Crawford doubled home two in the bottom of the 6th off Adam Cimber to give the Giants a 3-1 lead and Gorkys Hernandez extended the lead to 4-1 in the 7th with a double to drive in former Padre Nick Hundley. San Francisco added another run in the 8th with a sacrifice fly and were able to hang on after the Padres scored 2 in the top of the 9th for the 5-3 win.
Sunday got off to a stange start for the Padres as their team bus never showed up, forcing them to ride in a tour bus to get to AT&T Park. Once they got to the ballpark and the game started, Manny Margot led off the game with a solo home run, his second of the year, to put the Padres on top from the jump.
Gorkys Hernandez tied the game in the 6th with a solo home run and the game stayed tied at 1 until the 11th when Spangenberg’s 2 out RBI single gave the Padres a 2-1 lead. However the Giants rallied with two in the bottom of the 11th to win the game 3-2 on a Hunter Pence walk off double.
The Padres will now head to Arlington, Texas for a three game series vs the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will get the start on Monday vs San Diego native Cole Hamels (4-6 3.41 ERA) and Tyson Ross (5-5, 3.34 ERA) will take the mound on Tuesday opposite Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 4.58 ERA).