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Giants 1, Padres 0: Friars waste another fantastic start

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How did this game feel even worse than yesterday's marathon?

San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants
Is this how you baseball?
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Well, Johnny Cueto has once again thrown a complete game shutout against the Padres. Drew Pomeranz stepped up for San Diego in a big way, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Giants to help out an exhausted bullpen, but the rest of the team didn't have his back. The offense managed a measly pair of singles off Cueto, with one more runner reaching base when Alexei Ramirez got beaned.

But the more egregious failure came on defense in the bottom of the ninth. After Brandon Belt hit a leadoff single off Brad Hand, the reliever retired the next two batters. That finally got Cueto out of the game, as Bruce Bochy sent Hunter Pence to the plate to bat for his starter. Pence's pop fly to shallow right should have sent the game into extra innings. But Alexi Amarista stopped short to allow a charging Matt Kemp to make the catch... and neither of them were anywhere close to the routine pop fly that turned into a walk-off double. And that's why the Padres are now 0-7 against the Giants and Johnny Cueto has thrown three complete games against them in three starts.

We're back at AT&T Park for another round of futility tomorrow at 7:15 PM. Andrew Cashner will start against Jeff Samardzija.