That was not fun. Jeff Samardzija flirted with disaster but pitched five shutout innings. Unfortunately, the Giants bats still could not muster much offense against the Padres, dropping a potential series split game 3-1 after taking a 1-0 lead in what was a classic pitcher’s duel. Pablo Sandoval had the at-bat of the season fouling off 5,009889 pitches before doubling with two outs in the fifth inning to score Brandon Crawford from first. Unfortunately the Panda would end up committing two regrettable errors, each of which led to a run. For the second game in a row the Giants pitchers could not get that magical shutdown inning. It appears to be a trend in this young season…
No need to re-cap the Giants offense struggles. Our boys of summer had more errors, 3, than hits, 2.
The Giants scored a grand total of five runs in the four game series in San Diego.
Gerardo Parra saved one or two runs with a scintillating assist throwing out Padres Pitcher Paddack with two outs and the bases load after the hurler hit what appeared to be a back-breaking single. Parra alertly threw to first to nab the rookie and with Brandon Belt’s slick scoop the inning was over. Even the Comcast camera crew was fooled.
My dad: “What happened?”
Me: Parra just saved Smarge’s ass with a tremendous throw to first to get the pitcher.”
My dad: “Wow!”
Me: “Yeah baby! Fantastico!”
Umm… Interestingly Yangervis Soul Artist was playing in left field. With Parra in right the Giants appeared to nix the Joe-Reed corner outfield experiment, at least for one game.
This game was very winnable.
Evan Longoria sat out with an injury he incurred last night when he fouled a ball off his calf (Don’t ask me how!). He is listed as day-to-day.