Renfroe, Padres escape with 5-4 win over Giants

April 14, 2018

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Photo credit: @SFGiants

By Jeremy Kahn

Hunter Renfroe gave the San Diego Padres the win on one swing of the bat and sent the San Francisco Giants to their second straight loss.

Renfroe hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Padres defeated the Giants 5-4 at Petco Park Saturday night.

His eventual game-winning home run came just one inning after he came up with a huge outfield assist that saw Joe Panik be tagged out at the plate by catcher A.J. Ellis.

Panik tripled to get to third base with one out in the inning, and then Andrew McCutchen hit a fly ball to Renfroe, whose throw was cut off by Christian Villanueva, who in turn threw to Ellis, who tagged Panik. Replay showed it looked like Panik got underneath the tag; however, after a two-minute and 41-second review, the play was upheld.

Following the Renfroe home run off of losing pitcher Cory Gearrin, the Padres loaded the bases; however, Tony Watson was able to get out of the jam, as he struck out two and got a lineout to Brandon Crawford at shortstop to end the inning.

Adam Cimber pitched two strong innings to pick-up his first major league win, as he gave up a hit and struck out three.

Brad Hand picked up his sixth save of the season, and struck out Hunter Pence to end the eighth and then struck out the side for the Padres second straight win.

After falling behind in the bottom of the first inning, Evan Longoria tied up the game with one swing of the bat, as he hit a two-run home run off of Padres starter Clayton Richard in the top of the fourth inning.

Crawford hit a triple of his own and then scored on an Austin Jackson single to give the Giants their first lead of the game.

McCutchen lengthened the lead to 4-2, as he hit his second home run of the season in the top of the fifth inning.

Jose Pierla got the Padres within one at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he hit a double off of Derek Holland. The Padres loaded the bases, but Reyes Moronta came on to replace Holland and got Chase Headley to ground out to end the inning.

Renfroe gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly and Villanueva hit his first home run since April 3 to lengthen the Padres lead to 2-0 at the end of the first inning.

Holland pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs and four hits, while walking two and struck out four

Richard went five innings for the Padres, as he gave up four runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out three.

NOTES: Tyler Beede makes his second major league start on Sunday afternoon, while the Padres will send Joey Luchessi to the mound.

UP NEXT: The Giants and Padres conclude their series Sunday afternoon at 1:10 pm PT.

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