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Giants 7, Padres 0: Clayton Richard keeps loss from being complete embarrassment

San Francisco Giants   v San Diego Padres
Pinch hitter Clayton Richard. Yes, you read that right.
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Tonight the Padres played very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad baseball. Bryan Mitchell got chased after giving up three runs in as many innings. Colten Brewer gave up four more in less than an inning of relief. It didn’t even matter that Jordan Lyles and Robbie Erlin combined for five innings and change of scoreless baseball, because Chris Stratton and the Giants one-hit the Friars.

That all makes for a pretty embarrassing night, but at least the Padres didn’t get no hit by San Francisco yet again. And the man they have to thank for that is... Clayton Richard?! Yeah, you read that right. The lone San Diego hit of the evening came from a starting pitcher who was used as a pinch hitter in the third inning. He wasn’t the only Padre to get on base, as Jose Pirela, Freddy Galvis, and Carlos Asuaje all drew walks. Not that it makes any of this terrible excuse for baseball any less awful.

Theoretically, the team could be even worse tomorrow. You can find out when Tyson Ross takes the mound at 7:10 PM.