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Padres 12, Giants 4: Eight is more than enough


MLB: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one surefire way to win a baseball game, putting up eight runs in one inning is probably it. And you can thank Wil Myers for three of the eight runs plated in the sixth inning tonight, because the face of the Padres went yard for the sixth time this season. But tonight’s drubbing of the Giants was a team effort, as two thirds of the starting lineup had multi-hit games as they absolutely dominated their cellar-dwelling rivals.

Jhoulys Chacin and Matt Cain were locked in a pitchers’ duel until the fourth inning, when Ryan Schimpf started some small ball with a one-out single. One more out later, Austin Hedges and Erick Aybar knocked out two more singles to break the scoreless tie. Chacin got stung by a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth that could have tagged him with a loss, but the boys came through for him in the sixth inning.

Bruce Bochy brought in Chris Stratton for the top of the sixth, and it did not go well for him. Myers and Yangervis Solarte led off with a pair of singles, and then Ryan Schimpf plated the former with a double. Solarte got caught at home on a fielder’s choice, but Austin Hedges scored Schimpf with a single after that. An Aybar walk loaded the bases and brought Bochy to the mound. Neil Ramirez didn’t do much better than Stratton, walking in the go ahead run. Manuel Margot joined the party with his RBI single, and a ground out from Cory Spangenberg put the Padres up 6-3. And then Wil went deep. Really deep.

The Giants got one more in the bottom half of the inning, but who cares? The Padres got three more in the seventh thanks to Allen Cordoba’s second homer.

That’s a great turnaround from last night, and gives San Diego the chance to grab a series win tomorrow afternoon. Clayton Richard will be the point man at 1:05 PM.