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ST Wrap-Up: Padres fall to Giants, 5-3

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Nick Hundley is no longer my friend.

MLB: Spring Training-Cleveland Indians at San Francisco Giants
Remember our old friend Nick Hundley? He wasn’t our friend today.
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The Padres faced Madison Baumgarner and the Giants today, with Trevor Cahill taking the mound for the Padres. Check out the lineup below. Worth noting: Ryan Schimpf is back from his oblique injury for his first game action since March 3rd, and Rule 5 guy Allen Cordoba is getting the start in centerfield.

The Giants hung the first number, as former Padre Nick Hundley hit a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning. The dinger would be the only hit surrendered by Cahill through five innings of work. He also allowed two walks and struck out seven. The nice start lowered Cahill’s spring training ERA from 5.79 to 4.40 and placed him solidly in the middle of the rotation race. Craig Stammen relieved Cahill in the sixth and recorded one strikeout against one hit and no runs. With a 1.17 ERA through seven appearances, the veteran is making a strong argument for a bullpen job.

Baumgarner would only pitch two innings in today’s contest, giving up two hits and no walks. Lefty Ty Blach relieved him and pitched three innings. Our guys tied it up in the fifth with some small ball as Luis Sardinas led the inning off with a single, then moved to second on a Cahill sacrifice bunt, and came home thanks to an Erick Aybar single. George Kontos pitched a scoreless sixth for the Giants. Cody Gearrin came out for the seventh, but didn’t make a clean getaway thanks to some more small ball. Allen Cordoba got on base with a single and moved to second when Dusty Coleman was hit by a pitch. Jamie Romak knocked him in with a single to left. The run put the Padres in front, 2-1.

Kevin Quackenbush got the call along with the shift change in the bottom of the seventh, and he continued his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad spring. A single and another single were followed by Nick Hundley’s second home run of the day. Darn that Nick Hundley. Darn him all to heck! Quackenbush only got two outs and then was lifted for 2016 33rd round draft pick Mark Zimmerman to finish the inning. Quack’s spring training ERA is a dismal 12.27. The Giants led through seven full innings of play, 4-2.

The Padres closed the gap in the top of the eighth. Hunter Renfroe led off with a double and was relieved by pinch-runner Nick Torres. Torres took third on a Michael Roth wild pitch, and he came home thanks to a sacrifice fly from Michael Gettys. Jose Torres pitched the bottom of the eights and got two quick outs before serving up a solo homer to Chris Marrero. The Giants led 5-3 with the Padres down to their final three outs.

Derek Law came in to close out the game and quickly retired Allen Cordoba and Peter Van Gansen. Dusty Coleman mustered a single, but Law retired Jamie Romak to end the game. Final score, Giants 5, Padres 3.

Tomorrow’s game features the Kansas City Royals. Jered Weaver is schedule to take the bump for the Padres against Nathan Karns. Better luck next time guys!