Various Authors noon, Dec. 14
Giants put an end to Padres streak
The Padres didn't go down without a fight, but the Giants finally got to the Friars bull pen late
You knew it had to come to an end sometime. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants broke the Padres seven game winning streak with a 5-4 victory at AT&T Park.
It was a well-played and close game throughout, with heroics on both sides. The Giants got single runs off of San Diego starter Andrew Cashner in the first and fourth innings, and the 2-0 lead held up until the top of the sixth inning.
Nick Hundley then homered to left, and after a ground out by Cashner, Logan Forsythe hit one out and the Padres tied the game, 2-2. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Giants got to Cashner one last time.
After a single and a sacrifice bunt, with two outs, the Giants Gregor Blanco singled home the go-ahead run, and the Giants were back on top, 3-2. But the Padres weren’t finished.
With one out in the top of the eighth inning, Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt walked Logan Forsythe. Jesus Guzman was tapped to pinch hit for Will Venable and Guzman took Affeldt deep and over the center field wall.
Guzman’s triumphant reaction told as much of the story as did the scoreboard, and the Padres were in the lead, 4-3. You can watch it here:
This time, the Padres couldn’t hold it. The normally reliable reliever Dale Thayer came in for the bottom of the eighth and gave up a single, a double for a run to tie the game, and then an intentional walk, sandwiched around two outs.
Giants center fielder Juan Perez, who threw out Mark Kotsay trying to score earlier in the game, played the role of hero with a single to drive in what would be the winning run. The Padres fell short in the top of the ninth inning, and coupled with a win by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Friars are again two games out of first place in the division.
As feared, shortstop Everth Cabrera is headed to the disabled list with what the Padres are calling a mild strain of the left hamstring. Cabrera’s bat and glove will be sorely missed while he’s out. The corresponding move to fill the 25-man roster will be outfielder Jaff Decker, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, so expect Pedro Ciriaco and Alexi Amarista to see time at shortstop until Cabrera heals.
The Padres 1st round draft pick (3rd overall pick) in 2009, Donavan Tate, is back with the organization after taking time off due to undisclosed personal issues. Tate has underperformed according to his potential as scouted, and the often-injured prospect has hit only .241 in three seasons and 171 games. He is currently in Arizona where the Padres are still conducting extended spring training.
Wednesday afternoon, the Giants and Padres wrap up the three-game series. For the Padres, Eric Stults (6-5, 3.28) will take the mound and face Madison Bumgarner (6-4, 3.30) of the Giants in the rubber game. First pitch is supposed to be at 12:40 PM PDST, and the usual suspects will carry the action from San Francisco, with 1090 AM doing the radio broadcast and Fox Sports San Diego providing the moving pictures.