The Friars couldn’t hit a groove and bounce back from a steady stream of Giants runs today. Plainly, it was very poor pitching and lack of capitalization in the lineup that added up to a loss.
Clayton Richard lasted only four innings, giving up 6 earned runs, a home run, 8 hits, and 4 walks. Certainly not one of his more average starts. Robbie Erlin stumbled in his relief as well, giving up 2 earned runs. The Giants were able to tag Padres pitching for a total of 14 hits and 9 runs.
Two of the Padres runs tonight came from a productive Eric Hosmer. In the top of the third, he hit his 11th double of the season for an two-run RBI, scoring Manuel Margot but getting caught then trying to nab third.
In the top of the 5th, Matt Szczur, who now and then has to remind everyone he's still on the team, hit his first home run of the season swinging at the first pitch and launching it deep deep deep left-tish center.
Lastly, Hosmer capped San Diego’s offensive production with a lone RBI single. Not enough to top the onslaught of 9 Giants runs. The Padres left 8 on base, going 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
So, the Padres will have a day off tomorrow before heading down to Mexico to face the Dodgers. Los Angeles will be coming off a series against the very-hot Diamondbacks, and Lucchesi will have the start.