Today’s game featured the “get-away” final game of the series between the Padres and the San Francisco Giants. The Padres rolled out what is shaping up to be their standard lineup against Giants’ righty Johnny Cueto. Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski are starting to look like a quality one-two tandem for setting the table for Wil Myers and the rest of the heart of the order. This lineup was supporting Clayton Richard as he attempted to follow up his sterling start against the Dodgers earlier in the week.
The Giants struck first blood in the second inning. With runners on first and second, Chris Marrero lined a ball into rightfield. Hunter Renfroe fielded the ball and spun around to fire a missile home. The spin was his undoing, as he pulled the ball wildly and it went into the first base dugout. Buster Posey scored on the play, and Brandon Crawford was awarded home for the erroneous throw. Richard let the game get away from him in the third, giving up back-to-back jacks to Hunter Pence (with Brandon Belt on base) and Buster Posey. Those two shots put the Giants up 5-0 through three innings.
Richard settled down after those two bombs and made it through six innings. His final line included two strikeouts against five earned runs on five hits and three walks. Craig Stammen relieved Richard with two shutout innings, keeping the Padres in the game. Jose Torres came in for the eighth for a scoreless inning of his own.
The Padres finally got on the board in the bottom of the 6th inning with a Wil Myers laser-beam homer just inside the fair corner of the Western Metal Supply Building, bringing Travis Jankowski in with him. Yangervis Solarte added another run in the bottom of the 8th with a solo shot as well. Entering the botton of the ninth, the Padres trailed 5-3.
Giants closer Mark Melancon hasn’t gotten off to a great start to his Giants career, and today’s outing was a nail-biter. Manuel Margot blooped a single to rightfield and Travis Jankowski worked a walk, bringing Wil Myers to the plate with one out. Wil wasn’t the hero on this day, as he grounded into a double play. Melancon earned the save, and the Giants earned a split of the series.
The team is heading to Colorado where they will begin a series against the Rockies. The first game is Monday at 5:40pm PDT. The Rockies’ starter is slated to be Tyler Chatwood, while the Padres have not announced who will take the turn of Trevor Cahill, who was added to the disabled list retroactive to the 6th. Zach Lee was recalled prior to today’s game, and Jarred Cosart is another likely option.
The Padres faced three tough starters in this series and got to all of them. What’s really notable is that two of the biggest contributors in this series were rookies Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot. This series should build significant confidence among this young group, and they should be proud to give the home town fans some great wins in this opening series.