Bad hitting, good pitching.
Bad pitching, good hitting.
So goes the story for the Padres this season.
A day after a brilliant seven-inning, one-run effort by James Shields, and a sixth shutout at the plate for Padres hitters, the roles reversed again for San Diego in the final of a three-game series in San Francisco.
Andrew Cashner was roughed up from the start. He lasted just two-and-two thirds innings, allowing six runs (3 ER) on four hits and two walks. He tallied 89 pitches.
Cashner was pulled with two outs, the bases loaded, and Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija coming to the plate in the third inning for recently recalled Michael Kirman.
Kirman promptly allowed a two-RBI bloop single to Samardzija before getting Denard Span to groundout to short.
The game unraveled in the fourth. Kirkman allowed four earned runs on six hits, giving the Giants a 10-4 lead.
Luis Perdomo got in on the action as well. He gave up three earned runs on five his over the next two innings, giving the Giants a 13-5 lead through six innings.
The silver lining, if there is such a thing in a loss, is that the bats showed up. The Padres scored nine runs off nine hits and gave Samardzija trouble early.
Matt Kemp hit his sixth home run of the season in the third inning, a two-run shot that gave the Padres a 4-3 lead before the bullpen imploded.
Wil Myers extended his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his career-high, with a three-run home run in the seventh, his fifth of the season.
And Adam Rosales added a solo home run in the ninth.
The Padres have now lost a season-high five straight games. San Diego is off on Thursday before taking on the Dodgers in a three-game series at Chavez Ravine.
–Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)