Pads Szczur with the game-winner in extras tops Giants 12-9

July 22, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher George Kontos stands on the mound as seagulls fly over AT&T Park in the 11th inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Friday, July 21, 2017, in San Francisco. San Diego won the game 12-9. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Matt Szczur entered the game in the fifth inning, and he came up with the biggest hit of the night in extra innings.

Szczur picked up his fourth hit of the game in the top of the 11th inning, helping the San Diego Padres to a 12-9 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 41,145 at AT&T Park.

Szczur’s base hit off of losing pitcher George Kontos scored Hunter Renfoe from third base after Renfroe led off the inning with a single against Kontos. Erick Aybar then walked, and the two advanced an additional 90 feet on a Luis Torrens sacrifice bunt.

Aybar scored the Padres second run of the inning on a Jose Pirela single and that was the end of the night for Kontos.

Szczur scored the third Padres run of the inning, as Carlos Asuaje singled for the fourth time on the evening.

All the scoring began in the game by the Giants in the bottom of the first inning.

The Giants scoring began in the bottom of the first inning, as Denard Span doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a Brandon Belt single off of Trevor Cahill.

The scoring did not stop with the Belt single, as Brandon Crawford drove in both Belt and Buster Posey with a single to right field. Crawford advanced all the way to third base, as Renfroe’s throw was went over the head of Cory Spangenberg at third base.

Crawford scored the last and final run of the first inning, as Hunter Pence lashed a double to right field.

The four runs scored by the Giants in the first inning were their most in an inning since scoring five times on June 30 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Padres closer Brandon Maurer got the first two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but that is when the wheels began to fall off for Maurer.

Buster Posey walked, went to second on defensive indifference and then scored on a Crawford single to bring up Conor Gillaspie, the hero of the 2016 wild card game.

Gillaspie tied up the game with one swing of the bat, as he hit a pinch-hit home run onto the arcade that sent the AT&T faithful into a frenzy. It was the first home of the season for Gillaspie, and his sixth career pinch-hit home run.

Jeff Samardzija was cruising all night long until the fifth inning. Samardzija ended up allowing five runs on eight hits, while walking just one and striking out three in 4.1 innings of work; however, Samardzija did not fare in the decision.

This was the 15th consecutive start that Samardzija walked one or fewer batters in a game. The last time Samardzija walked more than one batter in a game came on April 23 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, when he walked three in a 5.1 innings of work.

Cahill went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out just one and like Samardzija, he did not fare in the decision.

Pence added a run-scoring single in the bottom of the third inning that scored Belt from second base, after Belt led off the inning with a walk against Cahill.

The Pence single off of Cahill that scored Belt came one-half inning after the Padres got on the board. Franchy Cordero came within inches of his fourth home run of the season, but he was able to leg out a long triple. Cordero was able to score on a Cahill groundout to Crawford.

In all, Pence went 3-for-4 on the evening with two singles and a double against Padres pitching. Thru the first two games of the series, Pence 4-for-8 against Padres.

Hector Sanchez hit his fourth home run of the season against the Giants, as he led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo blast to straightaway centerfield against Samardzija.

This was the third home run for Sanchez since last Saturday night, as he hit a walk-off home run off of Stephen Okert, helping the Padres to a comeback 5-3 victory. Sanchez then hit another one on Sunday off of Samardzija in a 7-1 Padres victory.

The Giants chased Cahill in the bottom of the fourth, as they added another run with the help of shoddy Padres defense and Cahill’s second wild pitch of the game.

Gorkys Hernandez led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a Samardzija sacrifice bunt and advanced to third base, when Aybar was unable to hold onto the Cahill throw and Hernandez advanced to third base.

Hernandez eventually scored the Giants sixth run of the evening, as Cahill uncorked his second wild pitch of the game with Posey at the plate.

Following the Posey walk, Padres manager Andy Green made a double switch, as he pulled Cahill in place of Craig Stammen and Szczur went to centerfield.

The double switch worked out for the Padres in the top of the fifth inning, as Szczur led off the inning with a double over the head of Hernandez and then scored on a Pirela single. Pirela then went to third on a Asuaje single that brought Wil Myers to the plate as the potential tying run.

Myers ended up grounding into a Fielders’ Choice, as Samardzija fielded the ball and threw to Posey, who tagged out Pirela.

Sanchez then hit a duck snort down the third base line that scored Asuaje from second base and Myers ended up stopping at third to cut the Giants lead down to just two runs.

That was the end of the line for Samardzija on this night, as Bruce Bochy went to the bullpen and brought on Josh Osich.

Spangenberg cut the Giants lead down to one run, as he grounded out to Panik and Myers scored easily from third base.

That would be it for Osich, as Cory Gearrin came on and was able to get out of the jam, as he got Renfroe looking for strike three to end the frame.

Gearrin was unable to hold onto the lead, as Asuaje hit a single to right field that easily scored Cordero from third base; however, Szczur was thrown out by Pence and called out for running outside the baseline between second and third base.

Myers gave the Padres their first lead of the night, as he led off the top of the seventh inning with a towering home run to straight away centerfield.

Szczur came up his third hit in as many at-bats in the top of the eighth inning, as he tripled to lead off the inning and then scored a huge insurance run on a Pirela triple that looked like Pence was going to catch; however, he was unable to hold onto the ball.

Pirela then scored the Padres second run of the inning, as Asuaje singled.

NOTES: Matt Moore looks to get the Giants back into the win column on Saturday afternoon, as he takes the mound for his 20th start of the season. The Padres will counter with Luis Perdomo, who will be making his 17th start of the season.

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