Padres storm past Giants at AT&T 12-4

April 29, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt runs to first base after hitting a two-run single off San Diego Padres’ Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 29, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Hector Sanchez spent some quality seasons playing in San Francisco, but now he comes back to AT&T Park with his new team.

Sanchez walked with the bases loaded, helping the San Diego Padres to a 12-4 comeback victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 42,862, the 502nd consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Ryan Schimpf drove in the first of the eight runs that the Padres scored in the inning, as Yangervis Solarte singled to get the ball rolling.

Austin Hedges then tied up the game with a single off his own, and then after Erick Aybar walked to load the bases, Sanchez walked to drive in the eventual game-winning run for the Padres.

Miguel Margot drove in the next run, as he singled to right field to score Hedges and then after Cory Spangenberg hit into a force play to score Aybar, Wil Myers hit a Neil Ramirez deep into the left field bleachers for his sixth home run of the season.

Despite the fact that the Giants narrowed down to 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Padres extended their lead up to 12-4 with one swing of the bat, as Allen Cordoba hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.

Aybar drove in the first run for the Padres in the top of the fourth inning, as he singled to Schimpf, who singled with one out in the inning.

Unfortunately for the Padres, they were unable to score anymore runs in the inning, as Buster Posey and Joe Panik teamed up for a pickoff play to get Austin Hedges at the plate. Posey originally threw to Panik to attempt to get Aybar at second base; however, Aybar beat the throw at second base. Panik then threw home to get Hedges trying to steal home.

Nunez tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he singled in Conor Gillaspie from second base. Gillaspie led off the inning with a double off of Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin. It was the second hit of the night for Gillaspie, who singled off of Chacin in the bottom of the second inning.

After Drew Stubbs popped out for the first out of the inning, Kelby Tomlinson singled to advance Nunez to second base and then Panik walked to load the bases and then Brandon Belt singled up the middle to give the Giants the lead.

Cain pitched five innings, allowing just one run, on six hits, not walking a batter and striking out seven. Despite not getting the win, Cain lowered his earned run average on the season down to 2.30.

Chacin also pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out six.

NOTES: Ty Blach looks for his first win of the season, as he takes the mound in the home stand finale on Sunday afternoon for the Giants. Blach will be opposed by fellow left-hander Clayton Richard, who is looking to evening his record at 3-3.

Brandon Crawford was reinstated from the bereavement list, and was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 26) with a right groin strain.

San Jose Giants Infielder Dillion Dobson tied a Giants team record on Friday night, as he hit three home runs in a game. Since becoming the Giants single-A team in 1988, Dobson is just the third player ever to hit three home runs in the same game. The two players are Adam Witter, who hit three home runs in the same game in 2007 and Sanchez, who did it in 2011.

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