Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., March 10
There isn’t always a lot that can be said after a blow-out loss from a team that was a victim of it. Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf failed to get out of the third inning, and the Padres were blown out by the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, 10-1.
With an announced attendance of over 38,000 and a stadium that appeared relatively full, the loudest noise seemed to come from Giants fans. For the faithful of the orange-and-black, the fireworks began early; Padres fans had to be content to wait until after the game to enjoy theirs.
In the first inning, Ross Ohelndorf made a mistake, leaving a fastball in a place where Marco Scutaro could get ahold of it and drive it over the left field wall. The Giants led 1-0 before the Padres even batted.
Two innings later, Brandon Crawford opened the third inning with a double. After Matt Cain popped out trying to bunt, Angel Pagan tripled, scoring Crawford, and Marco Scutaro singled to center field, plating Pagan.
Scutaro then stole second base, and took third on a throwing error by Yasmani Grandal. Pablo Sandoval singled to right field, and Scutaro came home. After walking Buster Posey and putting Sandoval on second base, Ohendorf gave up a double to Hunter Pence that scored Sandoval, Posey taking third base with still only one out.
With Brandon Belt at the plate, a passed ball by Yasmani Grandal allowed Posey to score and Pence to take third base. Ohelndorf then walked Belt, and left the game a mess with Miles Mikolas coming in to relieve.
Gregor Blanco hit a flair single off of Mikolas into left field, scoring Pence with Belt taking second base. Brandon Craword hit into a force play, Blanco out at second, leaving Crawford at first with Belt going to third.
Matt Cain then got into the act with a single to left field, bringing home Belt and moving Crawford to second base. A Mikolas wild pitch put Cain and Crawford on second and third, when a lucky infield dribbler off of the bat of Angel Pagan scored Crawford and moved Cain on third base.
Marco Scutaro grounded out to end the inning, which saw 13 hitters come to the plate. After two and a half innings, the Padres had dug themselves a 9-0 hole against Matt Cain.
“The story of tonight was the eight-run inning,” Buddy Black said after the game. “You got [Matt] Cain against you, and you give up an eight-spot, that’s not a good combination.”
The only Padres runner Matt Cain had allowed through four innings was by hitting Logan Forsythe with a pitch. But in the fifth, the Padres finally got to Cain.
With one out, Yonder Alonso doubled for the first hit off of Matt Cain. Will Venable grounded out, moving Alonso to third base, and then Everth Cabrera singled to right field, bringing home Alonso, and the Padres were finally on the board going into the sixth inning, trailing 9-1.
Things were steady until the top of the ninth inning. Dale Thayer relieved for the Padres and gave up a double to Buster Posey, then hit Hunter Pence with a pitch. Brandon Belt singled to left field and Posey scored.
Gregor Blanco singled to right field to load the bases with no one out, but Brandon Crawford flied out. Hector Sanchez then pinch hit for Matt Cain and struck out, and pinch-hitter Justin Christian grounded out to end the frame. The Giants led 10-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Padres had no answer.
There were a couple of moments that Padres fans had an opportunity to cheer, two great defensive plays by Logan Forsythe. While playing second base, Forsythe robbed Hunter Pence of a base hit up the middle where he made a lay-out diving stop on a ground ball, then got up and threw him out. Later in the game, Forsythe made a good reaction play while being moved over to cover third base, and threw out the runner with an assist by Yonder Alonso who made a sweep tag after being pulled off of the bag.
“He made great plays,” Buddy said post-game. “At second base especially, I thought.”
At least there was that much to say after getting blown out.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal came off of the disabled list and played on Friday night, while Nick Hundley went onto the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion, retroactive to August 16th.
Before Friday’s game, Buddy Black went through injury status for some of the players currently on the disabled list. Good news and bad news. Tim Stauffer (right elbow), who developed a shoulder issue recently while rehabbing the elbow, could be shut down for the season. Tim will be evaluated by Padres medical staff.
Andrew Cashner (strained right lat) and Anthony Bass (right shoulder inflammation), on the other hand, threw a simulated game in Peoria, Arizona, at the Padres training complex there. The next logical step would likely be to continue the rehab in minor league games, but the duo seems to be just short of that timeline at this point. Stay tuned, the Padres seem to be optimistic about their return to the big club before the end of the season.
Saturday’s original start time of 1:05 PM has been moved back to 5:35 PM PSDT, the normal starting time for Saturday home games. This is due to MLB contractual shenanigans, which never seem to end. The Padres will go with Eric Stults (3-2, 2.45) while the Giants send Barry Zito (9-8, 4.29) to the hill. Radio on XX 1090 AM and the televised broadcast is on Fox Sports San Diego. Of course, that’s for those of you who have Cox Cable or DirecTV. For Time Warner, AT&T U-verse and Dish subscribers, apparently those providers prefer that you go without.