Petco Park- San Diego, California
Once again, the San Francisco Giants snakebit the San Diego Padres. This time, the Padres were undone by a four-run sixth inning after Cal Quantrill was pulled after just 4 1/3 innings of three-run ball.
The Canadian right-hander was staked to an early lead thanks to two batters who have had their fair share of struggles at the plate.
After back-to-back singles by Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe, Wil Myers drove home Reyes with a single to left field. For Myers, it was his first start since June 22 as he has ridden the bench more and more as he tries to work out of his prolonged hitting slump. Austin Hedges then drove home Renfroe on a pop-up single that barely evaded the glove of a diving Kevin Pillar. For Hedges, it was the first RBI since June 23 when he collected three against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
However, an old nemesis came back to haunt the Padres. Evan Longoria, who had an OPS of 1.180 with four home runs against San Diego pitching coming into today’s game, walloped a two-run home run off of Quantrill that left Petco Park at 106 MPH. Former Padre Alex Dickerson followed suit by mashing his third home run as a Giant to right-center field. It was the sixth and seventh home runs allowed by Quantrill this season.
Fernando Tatis Jr. provided some power of his own in the next inning. The rookie, days after somehow being spurned for both an All-Star spot and the National League Rookie of the Month award, took a hanging slider offered up by San Francisco starter Shaun Anderson to the upper deck in left field to tie the game up.
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After Quantrill was pulled in the fifth inning, the Giants almost tied the game off of Brad Wieck, but Luis Perdomo fetched a double-play to escape the inning. Luck wouldn’t be on his side in the sixth inning. After a confusing play that resulted in Pillar going to first base on a hit-by-pitch, San Francisco went on a tear, hitting back-to-back-to-back doubles and a single to push four runs across the plate. The inning was prolonged when Myers couldn’t track a fly ball hit by Pablo Sandoval and couldn’t make the catch, allowing another run to score.
Not even Renfroe’s 25th home run of the season could spark a rally as the Padres got swept by their NL West brethren and lost 7-5. It is their fourth straight loss, and the Padres have now dipped to two games below .500 on the season.
Dinelson Lamet makes his return to the mound to start his first game in fifteen months tomorrow as San Diego begins a four-game series against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound for the Dodgers.