San Francisco Giants Friday game wrap: Bullpen woes continue; Giants drop third straight to Pads 7-6 now 1-4

April 7, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez, right, bobbles a ground ball for an error, as San Diego Padres’ Yangervis Solarte, left, runs past to third during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

By Jeremy Kahn

It maybe just five games into the 2017 regular season, but it seems that the Achilles heel that did the 2016 San Francisco Giants wrong so many times is back again.

That Achilles heel is the Giants bullpen and once again it was the downfall, as the Giants lost for the fourth time in five games after a 7-6 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning off of George Kontos to overcome a 5-4 Giants lead.

The Giants took a 5-4 lead when Brandon Belt hit his first career grand slam in the top of the sixth inning.

Kontos opened the bottom of the seventh inning by walking Stephen Jankowski to open the frame then a single to Wil Myers, and then Solarte gave the Padres the lead for good with his two-run double. Solarte scored an insurance run, as he scored on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Hedges.

Belt got the Giants within one run, as he hit his second home run of the game in the top of the eighth inning off of Ryan Buchter.

Jose Torres pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick-up his first major league victory. Brandon Maurer shut the Giants down in order in the ninth inning to notch his first save of the young season.

It was a big day for Padres rookie Manuel Margot, as he became the first Padres rookie in team history to hit two home runs in the home opener. In his five minor league seasons before being called up during the 12016 season, Margot hit only two home runs.

Belt’s first home run of the game came in the top of the sixth inning, as he hit a Luis Perdomo over the right-center field wall. Perdomo loaded the bases with nobody out, as he allowed a single to Conor Gillaspie, a double to Joe Panik and a walk to Aaron Hill.

Matt Cain made his first start of the season, as he went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.

NOTES: Hunter Strickland was placed on the paternity list, as his wife Shelley is due to give birth a daughter, Kinsey Rae this weekend. Steven Okert was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Strickland.

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