By Morris Phillips
The Giants aren’t dead yet. That’s the proper diagnosis after the club won three of four contests following a first ever in San Francisco 11-game losing streak. And they’ve been down right stingy in the process.
Andrew Suarez pitched into the eighth inning–the longest outing of his career–allowing two runs and the Giants won the series opener in San Diego, 4-2. The Giants followed consecutive shutouts over the weekend by allowing three runs on Sunday, and just two runs on Monday. Suarez embodied the team’s renewed enthusiasm by storming off the mound when pulled by manager Bruce Bochy four outs prior to the job’s completion.
“I thought I showed him up,” Suarez said of Bochy’s appearance. “He said it was fine. He liked that I was being competitive.”
Suarez allowed four hits and three walks, two runs and did so in an economical 87 pitches. A trio of relievers finished the job with Will Smith earning his 13th save.
Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria hit home runs to help the Giants overcome an early 1-0 deficit. Chris Shaw had three his and Aramis Garcia singled home a run in his first start at first base.
The Padres lost for the 91st time this season, matching their 2017 loss total with 11 games remaining. The Padres have four 90-loss seasons in their last eight. The Giants continue to harbor slim hopes that they can avoid a losing season by winning out.