Giants’ comeback falls short in extras lose to Pads 12-7

The San Diego Padres Jurickson Profar tagged a two run sixth inning homer against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP photo)

By Jeremy Harness

SAN FRANCISCO – Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach, I feel it in the air, summer’s out of reach/ Empty lake, empty streets, the sun goes down alone/I’m driving by your house, though I know you’re not home.

Those lyrics, from Don Henley’s 1984 hit “Boys of Summer,” actually describe the 2020 baseball season – not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic that caused this state – pretty accurately.

The delayed fake crowd noise, the carbon-fiber cutouts – for what it’s worth, 4,712 cutouts were counted – that are concentrated behind the plate but are also dispersed along the base lines in the first two decks. The instrumental version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” during the seventh-inning stretch with no vocals to be heard, not even the synthetic crowd noise that should have followed.

For the first six-and-a-half innings Thursday, the Giants looked more like the Boys of Bummer, falling behind by five runs before rallying in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game. Unlike Wednesday night, they could not complete the comeback, as the San Diego Padres exploded for six runs in the 10th inning to come away with a 12-7 win at Oracle Park.

Starter Kevin Gausman got in trouble in the third and ultimately yielded a run when a wild pitch allowed Ty France to score. It got worse for Gausman and the Giants the very next inning. Right fielder Steven Duggar got completely turned around in the fourth inning, allowing Trent Grisham’s long fly ball to bounce off the wall in right-center for a leadoff triple.

Grisham scored when the next better, Manny Machado, singled through the right side of the infield to bring him in. Two batters later, Jurickson Profar, knocked Machado in with a single of his own to give the Padres a commanding 3-0 lead.

Gausman lasted only 4 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, although he struck out eight and did not walk a single batter.

The Giants got a run in the fifth, but they didn’t exactly earn it. With one out, Grisham made a diving catch, and Brandon Belt, who was on first, had gotten past second base and looked like a sitting duck. However, the Padres managed to screw up the relay to first and allowed Belt to somehow slide back in safely.

This also allowed Mike Yastrzemski to tag up from third and get the Giants on the board.

That was quickly nixed when Profar, the former A’s infielder who entered Thursday’s game 1-for-15, hit a two-run homer off reliever Caleb Baragar.

The Giants got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to two, and then tied things up in the eighth, when Yastrzemski tripled to score Duggar and then Donovan Solano drove him in with a sac fly.

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