If you're looking for a bright side in tonight's loss, Jeff Samardzija only threw eight innings, unlike the complete games thrown by Bumgarner and Cueto the last two nights. This series wasn't as futile as the season opener against LA, but it still stings to see the Padres struggle after a few weeks of solid baseball.
The Giants got on the board in the first by capitalizing on an early mistake. James Shields walked Denard Span to start the game, and Joe Panik followed up with a single. A ground out advanced both runners, and then Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly to score Span. Panik tried to take third on the play, but he was too greedy. He was tagged out to end the inning before it could get worse.
The Friars got that run back in the second with a couple timely hits. Christian Bethancourt hit a one-out single, and then Alexi Amarista, freshly returned from the DL, hit an RBI double. Unfortunately, that was the only run the Padres produced.
Matt Duffy started the fourth by hitting a fly ball to right that popped in and out of Matt Kemp's glove. That error put a runner on second, and he came home on a Hunter Pence single. The Giants didn't need any insurance after that, but Brandon Crawford hit a shot to right field in the seventh just in case.
Christian Friedrich gets his second start in a Padres uniform tomorrow at 7:40 PM.