Missed Opportunities Plague Padres in 8-2 Loss to Giants

San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp

The Padres’ struggles against the San Francisco Giants continued on Tuesday night, losing 8-2 in blow out fashion. The Friars have had no response for Giants pitching all season, losing all eight match ups so far.

Jeff Samardzija’s strong effort on Tuesday night was the latest gem pitched by the Giants against the Padres. The former Notre Dame wide receiver went 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one run. Andrew Cashner, Samardzija’s former teammate with the Chicago Cubs, pitched well after being reinstated from the DL Tuesday morning, going 6 innings while allowing 3 runs.

The Giants started the scoring when they were able to scrape across a run in the third inning after Denard Span singled into left field, allowing Gregor Blanco to score. After a Jon Jay home run over the right field wall tied the game for the Padres in the top of the 6th inning, the Giants responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame with base hits from Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford.

The Padres were able to load the bases in the 7th, knocking Samardzija out of the game, but were quieted quickly when Alexi Amarista grounded out to second base. The game was blown open by the Giants in the 8th inning with a bases clearing triple by Brandon Crawford and a two run home run by Jarrett Parker off of newly recalled lefty Keith Hessler .

Mental errors have plagued the Padres in their two games in San Francisco this series. Monday night’s game ended with confusion between Matt Kemp and Alexi Amarista, which allowed a pop up by Hunter Pence to drop in shallow right field,  scoring the winning run in the process. Tuesday’s game started with Kemp getting thrown out at second base in the first inning, after trying to stretch a line drive single into a double. In the bottom of the inning, Brett Wallace dropped a ball in foul territory that should have been the third out. Kemp would get thrown out again in the 8th inning, this time trying to stretch a double into a triple.

The Friars, now 19-28, will look to salvage the series against their Bay Area rivals in a day game on Wednesday. James Shields (2-6, 3.07 ERA) will toe the rubber against struggling former Padre great Jake Peavy (1-5, 8.21 ERA).



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