Padres use long ball to rout Giants 7-1

July 17, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Diego Padres’ Cory Spangenberg, center, greets teammates Hector Sanchez, right, and Wil Myers, second from right, after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 16, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Home runs by Hector Sanchez and Cory Spangenberg sparked San Diego’s offense in a 7-1 NL West victory over the San Francisco Giants Sunday before a crowd of 30,561 at Petco Park.

Sanchez cranked a 421-foot, three-run home run to deep right center in the bottom of the first inning off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. Spangenberg later scored on an RBI double by Erick Aybar. It was the ex-Giant’s second big home run in less than 24 hours against his former team.

The Giants got a run back in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles by Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey.

But in the bottom of the third, Spangenberg hit a three-run blast to deep center, driving in Wil Myers and Sanchez.

Samardzija (4-11) worked six innings, giving up all seven of the Padres’ earned runs. He also struck out eight, walked two, and gave up nine hits. Relievers Kyle Crick and Josh Osich finished up.

Padres starter Trevor Cahill (4-3) scattered eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out eight and walked one in a brisk, 2-hour, 43-minute game. It was the first win since May 8 for Cahill, who spent a month and a half on the DL with an injured shoulder.

While the Giants remain in the NL West cellar, Samardzija is tied with Tyler Chatwood for most losses in the National League with 11 each.

Brandon Belt was held out of the Giants’ lineup due to a sprained left wrist. As a result, Posey was moved to first base, Nick Hundley caught and Hunter Pence was moved to the No. 6 slot in the batting order.

The Giants return home to begin a three-game interleague series against Cleveland on Monday night.

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