San Francisco Giants Saturday game wrap: Padres take another one from Giants 2-1; Pads rookie pitcher Chacin hands S.F. fourth straight loss

April 8, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Diego Padres left fielder Travis Jankowski, left, right fielder Hunter Renfroe, center, and center fielder Manuel Margot, right, celebrate after the Padres won 2-1 against the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo

By Jeremy Kahn

This rut that the San Francisco Giants are currently in is not getting better, as they were held in check by a journeyman pitcher and a hot rookie.

Rookie Manuel Margot doubled twice off of Madison Bumgarner just one day after hitting two home runs and the San Diego Padres defeated the Giants 2-1 at Petco Park.

This was the fourth straight loss for the Giants, as veteran pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and two relievers allowed just five hits to the Giants on Saturday afternoon.

Chacin, who was on the losing end of a 14-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day in Los Angeles rebounded to pick-up his first win of the season, as he struck out five and walked just one.

The right-hander gave up a double to Brandon Belt in the first inning, then did not allow another hit to the Giants until Joe Panik singled that went off the glove of Wil Myers in the top of the fifth inning and his last hit by Eduardo Nunez that went off the glove of Hunter Renfroe in the top of the seventh inning was ruled a double. That double by Nunez ended Chacin’s night, and Padres manager Andy Green turned the game over to his bullpen and Brad Hand.

Ryan Buchter closed the game for the second straight day, despite giving up a two-out single to Buster Posey and a RBI single to Brandon Crawford to get the Giants within one run; however, he was able to get Nunez to fly out to end the game.

It was a tough loss for Bumgarner, who pitched a complete game giving up just two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five.

Despite the loss, it was the 15th complete game of Bumgarner’s career and the sixth time that he was on the losing end. During the 2016 season, Bumgarner completed four completed four games and was on the losing end of two of those games.

Allen Cordoba picked up his first major league hit in the bottom of the second inning, as he singled and then scored on a Margot double.


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