Lucchessi, Padres take series with 10-1 blowout win over Giants

April 15, 2018

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Photo credit: @SFGiants

By Jeremy Kahn

It seems that the San Diego Padres once again have the San Francisco Giants’ number, and former Giants catcher Hector Sanchez is not on the roster.

After Oakland native Tyson Ross beat the Giants on Friday night, it was another East Bay native to get to the Giants on Sunday in the series finale.

Joey Lucchesi, who grew up in Newark and went to Chabot College in Hayward was dominant and the Padres defeated the Giants 10-1 at Petco Park.

Lucchesi pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits, not walking a batter and striking out nine, as his earned run average dropped to 1.66.

The left-hander is now 2-0 on the season, as the Padres took three out of four from the Giants, who have dropped three in a row.

Brandon Belt gave the Giants an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Nick Hundley from third base.

That lead would last for Tyler Beede and the Giants until the bottom of the third inning when Christian Villanueva gave the Padres the lead for good, as he hit a double that scored Freddy Galvis and Franchy Cordero.

Just prior to the Villanueva double that put the Padres on top in the bottom of the third, Galvis walked for the second consecutive at-bat and then Cordero singled. Villanueva cleared the bases with a double.

Cory Spangenberg lengthened the Padres lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he doubled to center field to score Chase Headley, who walked just prior to the Spangenberg double.

The Padres broke the game wide open, as Jose Pirela hit a ground-rule double that scored Spangenberg and then Galvis singled in Pirela to give the Padres a five-run lead.

Things did not get any better for the Giants, as Villanueva hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Cordero added a single in the bottom of the sixth inning that scored Pirela to lengthen the Padres lead up to 7-1.

Pirela got back in on the act in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he hit a two-run triple and then scored the final run of the game for the Padres, when Cordero reached on a fielding error by Joe Panik. Galvis walked just prior to the Panik error.

It was not a good second start for Beede, who lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six, as he lost for the first time in his major-league career.

Evan Longoria continues to put the ball on the bat, as he went 2-for-3 on the afternoon, while Nick Hundley also picked up two hits for the Giants.

NOTES: Buster Posey sat out the game with a sore thumb, and should be back in the lineup on Tuesday night, as the Giants open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Jeff Samardzija, who is currently on the disabled list with a strained right pectoral muscle will likely make another rehab start. Samardzija threw 62 pitches in just 2.2 innings for the San Jose Giants on Saturday night. In those 2.2 innings, Samardzija gave up six runs on hits, walking two and striking out five.

Johnny Cueto is expected to be activated from the disabled list and will start for the Giants on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. Patrick Corbin will go for the Diamondbacks, as he looks to raise his record to 3-0 on the season.

UP NEXT: The Giants have a day off before traveling to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:40 pm PT.

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