Fourth inning does in Giants; Blach coughs up four runs in 5-2 collapse

July 23, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Things were looking for the San Francisco Giants after tying it up in the first inning, but the flood gates in one inning opened and the San Diego Padres took advantage.

The Padres scored four runs on five consecutive hits in the top of the fourth inning on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Giants before a sellout crowd of 41,372 at AT&T Park.

With the loss, and with their record now at 38-62, this is now the worst start in San Francisco Giants history since moving to the Bay Area in 1958.

Ty Blach pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, walking just one and striking out five; however, it was that fourth inning that did him in.

Wil Myers came up with the two biggest plays of the afternoon, as he hit his 20th home run in the top of the first inning and began the fourth inning rally that saw the Padres put the game out of reach.

Following the Myers walk, went to third on a Hector Sanchez double and they both scored on a Jabari Blash double. Hector Sanchez then doubled in Blash for the final run of the inning and the game for the Padres, who took three out of four from the Giants.

Buster Posey got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he singled in Denard Span, who led off the inning with a double off of Dinelson Lamet.

After trailing by four runs going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Miguel Gomez doubled with two outs and then Gorkys Hernandez singled him in for the Giants second and final run of the afternoon.

Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-4 at the plate, but his base running end the seventh inning, when he was thrown out at third base after Blash was unable to hold onto the ball hit Brandon Belt for an error; however, Allen Cordoba backed up Blash and threw to Cory Spangenberg to tag out Nunez for the third out.

Lamet pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, walking just one and striking out seven.

NOTES: Matt Cain looks for his fourth win of the season, as the Giants begin a three-game series on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will send Gerrit Cole to the mound

In their only three meetings on the season, the Giants swept a three-game series from the Pirates from June 30-July 2, 2017 at PNC Park.

Saturday was the Giants 15th extra inning game of the season, the most by any team in the major leagues and their 10 wins are also the most of any team.

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