Giants complete sweep of Padres with 7-5 win on Wednesday night

AP photo: San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria takes one deep for a two-run homer in the top of the third inning as the Giants went onto sweep San Diego at Petco Park on Wednesday night.

By Jeremy Harness

Through all of the struggles that they have endured in a year that they have spent the majority of in the division cellar, the Giants still know how to beat the San Diego Padres.

On Wednesday, they used two big run-producing innings to do away with the Padres in a 7-5 win at Petco Park, and thus putting the finishing touches on a three-game sweep.

The night did not get off to a promising start, however. Starter Shaun Anderson gave up the first two runs of the game in the second inning, and then after the Giants regrouped and took the lead in the third, he gave up two more runs in the bottom half.

Anderson lasted only four innings and surrendered those four runs on eight hits – which included a solo homer to Fernando Tatis, Jr. that gave San Diego a 4-3 lead – while walking one batter and striking out three.

The Giants’ offense, however, was able to pick Anderson up. After chasing starter Cal Quantrill from the game after 4 1/3 innings, the Giants teed off on reliever Luis Perdomo in the sixth inning, scoring four runs and taking the lead for good.

They used three RBI doubles as well as a run-scoring single to accomplish this, giving them a 7-4 lead.

The bullpen also had their starter’s back. After Anderson left the game, the Giants’ relievers put up zeroes in four of the final five innings, with the lone hiccup being a solo homer given up by Tony Watson off the bat of Hunter Renfroe in the eighth.

The very next inning, Will Smith came in and did what he has done for the majority of this season. He shut down the San Diego bats and did not allow a single baserunner, and he has now converted all 22 of his save opportunities in 2019.

Longoria hits 2 HRs in Giants’ 10-4 win over Padres

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By Jeremy Kahn

It took Evan Longoria nearly a year and a half to have a game where he just went off against the opposition.

Longoria hit two home runs and drove in five runs, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 10-4 at Petco Park.

It was the third home run in two games for Longoria, who also hit one in the Giants 13-2 victory over the Padres on Monday night.

Donovan Solano hit his first career leadoff home run to get the Giants on the board, as the Giants have won three games in a row and also have won four out of their last five.

Matt Strahm allowed gave up all three home runs on the evening, including the Solano home run that came on the first pitch of the ballgame.

Longorias first home run of the game came in the top of the second inning, and then hit a mammoth three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning that landed on the balcony of the fourth level of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building that also scored Solano and Brandon Belt, who led off the inning back-to-back singles.

Austin Slater, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento after Sundays win over the Arizona Diamondbacks came up with a pair of doubles. The Slater doubles were two of the eight extra base hits for the Giants just one night after pickup nine against Padres pitching.

Kevin Pillar came up with four hits on the evening for the second time in three games, as the Giants scored 10 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they did it against the Cincinnati Reds from August 23-25, 2010 at AT&T Park.

It was another quality start for Tyler Beede, as he went seven innings, allowing just one earned run, scattering four hits, walking just one and striking out four and won for the second time.

On the other side of things, it was a rough game for Strahm, who went five innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out six.

NOTES: This is the first time that the Giants have been off on July 4 since the 2013 season, after losing via walk-off fashion against the Cincinnati Reds by the final score of 3-2 in 11 innings at Great American Ballpark.

UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson looks to send the Giants into a July 4 day off with a victory, as he looks for his fourth win of the season.

Cal Quantrill goes to the mound for the Padres, as they look to avoid the three-game sweep at the hands of the Giants.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Manaea working his way back to the show; Machado files a protest against suspension; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Barbara Mason:

#1 The Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea is throwing well in a simulated 45-pitch three contest. He pitched three innings against Oakland minor league hitters. He said he feels great.

#2 A’s left hander AJ Puk, who had Tommy John surgery, threw two innings against Class A Advanced Stockton and allowed a homer and a walk with three strikeouts. Jesus Luzardo, who had a shoulder strain, allowed four hits and a homer. The A’s are hoping that both Puk and Luzardo can rehab and make it back to the big club.

#3 San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado wants to earn every penny of that $300 million contract and getting called out on strikes didn’t sit well for him on Monday night. Plate Umpire Bill Welke called a pitch on the outside corner and Machado argued the call made contact with Welke, threw his bat, and dropped some heavy language. Machado has appealed his one-game suspension.

#4 The Chicago Cubs are considering opening up a sportsbook at Wrigley Field and people just like at the racetrack can go and place their bets inside at the park. MLB currently prohibits gambling inside MLB stadiums, but the rules are about to change and betting will be allowed.

#5 Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence of the Texas Rangers, who had has 15 home runs for the season, had his run stopped by a groin injury he got in Cincinnati on Sunday. Pence was hitting .294 and 48 RBIs in 55 games.

Headlines Sports with Barbara Mason is heard each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants end win streak at four as they drop final game to Brewers 5-3

Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar, right, celebrates with third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 For the Milwaukee Brewers, it was two hits each for Christian Yelich, Yasmani Grandal, Marcus Thames and Travis Shaw, whose contributions helped the Brewers get a two-run win over their hosts, the San Francisco Giants, at Oracle Park on Sunday to avoid getting swept in three games.

#2 The Giants, on the other hand, snapped a four-game winning streak with the 5-3 loss. The Giants beat the San Diego Padres in two games and took the first two games from the Brewers to start the series.

#3 Jeff Samardzija struggled to hold back the Brewers, who scored four runs in five innings and nine hits off Samardzija, and got the loss.

#4 Samardzija hit for a single to score Kevin Pillar that tied up the game, but later it would be for not, as the Brewers would come back and win it by two runs.

#5 The Giants head for Los Angeles and will start Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA) who will be matched up against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89 ERA).

Morris does the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants getting key pitching in recent wins

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On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Shaun Anderson looks like a keeper he pitched an effective game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night, going six innings, four hits, two runs, six strikeouts and three walks.

#2 Giants closer Will Smith brought his A game with the bags juiced in the top of the ninth. He got his 16th save in 16 tries.

#3 The Padres had a short time lead in the top of the fifth 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when the Giants scored twice and Padres manager Andy Green said that they had a shot at winning the game, but just didn’t have enough to get over the hump.

#4 When the Padres acquired star third baseman Manny Machado, the Padres thought they had their road paved to postseason, but now the Padres are two below .500 and in fifth place just a place above the Giants.

#5 Friday the 14th, the Milwaukee Brewers and Giants open a three-game series with the Brewers sending out starter Zach Davies (7-0 ERA 2.41) against Giants starter Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 7.16 ERA).

Michael Duca does the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Longoria’s double wins it for the Giants 6-5

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria came up with the biggest hit of the night at the most opportune time.

Longoria hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, propelling the San Francisco Giants to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres before a crowd of 28,535 at Oracle Park.

Longo came thru in a big way, said Bruce Bochy.

The seventh inning got underway, as Brandon Belt came off the bench to pinch hit for Mark Melancon and walked against Trey Wingenter. Joe Panik then singled Belt to third, and after Mike Yastrzemski flew out to Hunter Renfroe in right field, Longoria smashed a double off the left field wall to score both Belt and Panik and on the throw home, Longoria went to third.

Joe did a great job running, and I thought the base running was very good tonight, said third base coach Ron Wotus.

Pablo Sandoval then drove in Longoria with an insurance run, as he hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Fernando Tatis, Jr., took the first pitch he saw from Tyler Beede and put it into the Garden over the centerfield wall in the top of the first inning to give the Padres an early 1-0 lead.

Following the Tatis, Jr., home run, Josh Naylor and Eric Hosmer both singled and it looked like it was going to be a short night for Beede.

That would be on the contrary, as following the Hosmer single with one out in the inning, Beede began to settle and retired the next 11 batters until Wil Myers led off that fateful fifth inning with a walk against Beede.

After Myers walked, Beede was able to get Austin Hedges to fly out for the first out of the inning, Myers then stole second and then pitcher Chris Paddack picked up his first major league hit, as Brandon Crawford cut the ball from going into the outfield.

Tatis, Jr., then picked up his second hit of the game, as Joe Panik made a great play to knock the ball down; however, his flip to Crawford went awry and Myers scored easily from third base.

Beede then got Josh Naylor for the second out of the inning, but was lifted for Trevor Gott after he walked Manny Machado.

Then came the play that epitomized the Giants season in a nutshell, as Hosmers comebacker to Gott knocked his glove off his hand and threw it to first, where Hosmer was called safe; however, with the runners going on anything, both Paddack and Tatis, Jr., scored to give the Padres the lead.

Looked like we were taking infield there, said Bochy.

Crawford would have made the play had I let the ball go through, said Gott.

Gott was able to get out of the inning, as he struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the inning.

The Giants took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Pablo Sandoval led off the inning with a single and then went to third on a Stephen Vogt single. Vogt was thrown out at second base, and then it looked like Paddack would get out of the jam, when he got Crawford to ground out back to him; however, Tyler Austin tied up the game with a single that scored Sandoval and then Steven Duggar got involved in the game.

Duggar launched a two-run home run onto the Levis Landing to give the Giants a two-run lead.

Paddack, who went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out six; however, he did not fare in the decision.

On the other side of things, Beede is still looking for that elusive first major league win, as he went four and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out a career-high seven.

I felt great, but there was some tough luck, said Beede.

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect seventh inning, as he struck out two and picked up his third win of the season.

Ian Kinsler made it a one-run game in the top of the eighth inning, as he hit his eighth home run of the season off of Tony Watson.

Will Smith came on in the top of the ninth inning, and nailed down his 15th save of the season in 15 opportunities to even the home stand at two games apiece with four to go. Smith struck out two, including Tatis, Jr., to end the game.

NOTES: Smith tied Craig Lefferts for the longest save streak to start a season with those 15 saves, Lefferts held the record of 15 from 1989 until Rod Beck broke it in 1994, when he saved 28 in a row.

Beedes previous career high of six was set also against the Padres on April 15, 2018 at Petco Park.

This was the teams 15th win of the season by one run, and the 15-6 record in one-run games is the best in the major leagues.

It was the 16th come-from-behind win for the Giants this season.

The 85-degree temperature at first pitch was the hottest at first pitch since June 14, 2001 against the Anaheim Angels.

It just the third time since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 that they were three straight games of 80 degrees or higher. It also occurred on June 29, 30 and July 1 of 1996, and also August 31, September 1 and 2 of 2017.

That was the first lead-off home run of Tatis, Jrs. career and the second lead-off home run of the season for the Padres, Manuel Margot led off the April 14 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a home run at Chase Field.

Over their last six games, the Giants are 5-for-37 with runners in scoring position and have left 36 runners on base in that span.

UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson will take the mound in the finale of this brief two-game series on Wednesday night for the Giants, while Joey Lucchesi takes the mound for the Padres

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Muncy’s 1st inning home run leaves MadBum really mad

from sfgate.com: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner hates it when anyone flips a bat or makes a gesture, and when the Dodgers come to town, there’s that chance that could happen instead of the bat flipping when the Dodgers’ Max Muncy went for a splash hit into McCovey Cove in right field. The fireworks started when Muncy was admiring the homer and Bumgarner told Muncy to run and not watch the ball.

#2 Bumgarner said that he would rather fight than let the new age of hitters flip a bat or admire a home run saying Muncy could do his thing while I do mine.

#3 It was the second game of the three-game set between the two clubs and the bad blood didn’t wait to get started. Muncy said that he look for only a moment and then took two steps and started to run the bases. Muncy also said that if Bumgarner didn’t like him to watch the ball that Bumgarner could go to the ocean and get it.

#4 Things did settled down as no one would score for the rest of the afternoon as the Dodgers got a 1-0 shutout behind the fine pitching of starter Walker Buehler, who went seven innings with a shutout giving up five hits.

#5 The Giants have Monday off, but will host the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Oracle with the Padres starting Chris Paddack (4-4, 2.97 ERA), and for the Giants, Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.15 ERA).

Morris Phillips does the Giants podcasts and reports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Machado more than the Giants can handle in 3-1 loss to Padres

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Some days on the diamond are strictly for the superstars, with their big contracts, other worldly skills and myriad of ways they can affect the outcome of ballgames.

Manny Machado had his showcase Wednesday, making several nifty plays defensively along with hitting a tie-breaking home run in the sixth that helped send the Padres to a 3-1 win over the Giants.

Dereck Rodriguez delivered a fastball at the knees that didn’t initially appear to be a mistake, but Machado put a swing on it, and soon the whole park was focused on the ball’s path into the right field arcade.

“He made one mistake all day,” Machado said of the Rodriguez pitch. “I was able to take advantage.”

A home run hit to right by a right-handed hitter at Oracle Park? Yeah, that’s a rare feat with Machado becoming just the 22nd visiting hitter to do so since the park’s opening in 2000.

“I’ve hit a few balls that hit the top of that wall. I’m happy I got one over this time,” Machado said.

Machado didn’t start or stop there, throwing out a runner earlier after a bare-handed pickup, then surprising lead runner Erik Kratz at the plate with a throw across his body that catcher Francisco Mejia turned into an out with a high tag.

Then on the game’s final play Machado came up with a shoestring catch on Brandon Belt’s ball hit in front of him with a pair of runners on.

The final play typified the afternoon for the Giants: they got runners aboard, but in every case, left them stranded. Kratz should have gotten down with a slide, and other situations fizzled with poor, situational hitting.

The only Giants’ run? A fourth inning home run from Kevin Pillar.

The Giants’ expected run producers continued their struggles: Buster Posey, Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt combined to go 1 for 10, and Pillar–his home run withstanding–hasn’t quite settled in either as his batting average dropped to .140.

Rodriguez was good enough to win with any support, but instead fell to 1-2 despite allowing four hits in seven innings.

“The little things got us, that was the difference in the game,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants fell to 3-9 and haven’t captured any of their four series to date. They open a four-game set with the Rockies on Thursday at home. The Giants could see themselves out of the NL West cellar with some wins, that after they thank their lucky stars they haven’t already sunk too low.

“We’re not happy with where we’re at, but you’ve got to understand there’s other good teams that haven’t gotten off to a great start either,” Bochy said.

Jeff Samardzija looks to be part of the solution as Thursday’s starter, but he has six losses in 13 career starts against the Rockies. John Gray starts for the Rockies, he’s 0-2 heading into his third start.

 

Holland and Pillar come up big in Giants’ 7-2 win over Padres

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — On back-to-back nights, the San Francisco Giants jumped out to a big lead on the lead; however, this time they won the game.

The first five Giants in the second inning got on base, and Evan Longoria drove in Buster Posey and Yangervis Solarte doubled in Brandon Crawford, Gerardo Parra then singled and after a Derek Holland strikeout, Kevin Pillar cleared the bases with a double, then newly acquired rounded out the scoring in the frame, as he singled in Pillar and the Giants would go on to defeat the San Diego Padres 7-2 before a crowd of just 28,506 at Oracle Park.

Holland took advantage of the run support, as he went seven innings, allowing one runs on five hits, walking two and striking out nine, as he won for the first time this season.

The nine strikeouts for Holland are his most since he struck out 11 for the Texas Rangers in a shutout against the Baltimore Orioles on August 30, 2015. The 11 strikeouts in that game tied a career high, Holland also struck out 11 on September 7, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Despite allowing two singles and a walk in the top of the first inning, Holland received help from his defense.

Wil Myers singled with one out, but was thrown out trying to steal second base by Posey and then after a Manny Machado walk, Franmil Reyes singled off the left field wall; however, Brandon Belt made a perfect throw to Crawford, who threw to Solarte to end the inning and the Padres failed to score.

“You know, I was thinking about that when I was out there: I’m quickly becoming one of the best outfielders in the game,” said Belt.

Joey Lucchesi was shelled in his second start of the season against the Giants, as he went just four innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four and lost for the first time this season after opening the season with two straight wins.

Pillar drove in his fourth run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Parra, who doubled to lead off the inning.

He is the first Giants player to have four runs batted in back-to-back games since Barry Bonds on April 2 and 3, 2002. During that two-game stretch, Bonds drove in nine runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Parra picked up hits in his first two at-bats, and scored both times before grounding out in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Padres finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning, as Hunter Renfroe smashed a solo home run that landed approximately ¾ of the way into the left field bleachers and was measured at 423 feet.

Myers drove in the second run of the game for the Padres in the top of the eighth inning, as he hit a long double off of Trevor Gott to Greg Garcia.

The lone downfall to the game was the fact that the Giants in the first inning could not get it going, as they went down in order and are now 2-for-38 (.052) thru their first 12 games of the season in the opening frame.

NOTES: With the victory, the Giants have a chance to win the series on Wednesday. The last time the Giants lost their first four series of a season was in 1983, when they lost series to the Padres, the Philadelphia Phillies, at the Padres and the Cincinnati Reds.

Despite the no-decision on Monday night, Madison Bumgarner did move up on the all-time San Francisco Giants strikeout list, as he passed Gaylord Perry for fourth place on the San Francisco Giants list and is now seventh all-time in Giants history. In his career, Bumgarner has 1,607 strikeouts.

Posey tied Will Clark for fourth place on the San Francisco Giants list in doubles with 249 career doubles. He trails only Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.

The six run second inning by the Giants was their season high, and the most they have scored in an inning since also scoring six in the bottom of the eighth inning against the New York Mets on August 31, 2018.

UP NEXT: Dereck Rodriguez makes his second start of the homestand on Wednesday night, while Nick Margevicius takes the mound for the Padres.

Bummed Out: Padres get to Giants’ ace and their bullpen in 6-5 comeback win

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Two contrasting themes of the early 2019 baseball season were reinforced on Monday night: the Giants are starting the season with a whimper, while the Padres are finishing games with a bang.

Kevin Pillar’s grand slam gave the Giants a 5-0 lead in the fourth, the first slam by a Giant in nearly two seasons. But it didn’t hold up. The Padres responded with a homer in each of the next three innings, and the visitors shocked the home team with a 6-5, come-from-behind, series-opening win.

“With the offense we have, we’re never out of a game,” said Padres’ starter Eric Lauer, who allowed the Pillar grand slam, but was still the pitcher of record when San Diego capped their rally in the seventh. “You know they’re going to produce at some point.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. homered off Bumgarner ahead of Eric Hosmer’s leadoff walk in the fifth. Will Myers also connected off Bumgarner leading off the sixth. And with the Giants clinging to a 5-4 lead, pinch hitter Franmil Reyes hit a two-run shot off Reyes Moronta in the seventh.

“I was already hyped, because what my teammates were doing. I was ready for that moment,” Reyes said.

For the Giants, Pillar’s blast was exactly what the struggling club needed, until it wasn’t all they needed. The Giants scored just 25 runs in their first 10 games, their most tepid beginning on offense since they moved West in 1958. That painfully rough start to the season prompted several roster changes. Pillar was acquired from Toronto last week, and power-hitting first baseman Tyler Austin was acquired in a trade with the Twins Monday, and immediately plugged into the starting lineup.

While Pillar’s slam represented a turnaround, the Giants’ hit total (5, three singles, double, home run) was more of the same. Lauer escaped further damage, retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced. The San Diego bullpen followed suit, retiring nine of 11. After Buster Posey doubled leading off the eighth, Brandon Crawford struck out, Evan Longoria and Yangervis Solarte grounded out. Posey’s double stood as the Giants’ only hit over the final five frames.

Bumgarner’s presence in the mid-inning collapse made it that much tougher. The Giants’ ace has made three starts, but doesn’t have a win.

“You spot him five runs, it’s a real uphill climb. Our guys made that climb today,” Padres’ manager Andy Green said. “It was really special to come back against a guy like that.”

“I feel like we played a good game,” Bumgarner said. “There was a lot of home runs. Too many home runs.”

The Padres improved to 7-4 on the season, with four of those wins against the Giants, who fell to 3-8.

Derek Holland and San Diego’s Joey Luchessi get starting assignments in Tuesday’s newfangled 6:45pm start.

WINNING MANAGERS SOUND COOL AFTER THE GAME: Of course, Andy Green does it. The 41-year old Padres’ manager doesn’t stray from character in sounding cool amongst his players, who aren’t that much younger than him. 63-year old Bruce Bochy does it occasionally, which points to the retiring manager maintaining a keen ear inside his clubhouse.

Colorado’s Bud Black does it. Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin too. And the silver-tongued Joe Maddon might be the all-time best.

All these loquacious big league managers can succinctly recap a ballgame in their postgame pressers, and keep it fresh by sprinkling in descriptions using the newest, hottest phrasings.

Green was gushing Monday in recounting his club’s come-from-behind win over the Giants. Firstly, he championed in his starter, Eric Lauer, who Green said had “everything coming out hot” with the exception of the pitches in his fourth inning hiccup.

But Green was just getting warmed up, saving his best for describing his never-say-die, Padres’ offense.

“It starts very subtly sometimes with a very grind walk from Hosmer before Tatis hits that home run. And the bench production we’re getting is borderline ridiculous right now,” Green said. “Everybody who comes off that bench realizes they’re being deployed as a weapon and they’re impacting baseballs in a profound way. … So just a really good team win.”