The San Diego Padres hung tough against the defending champs, and almost prevailed over an ace for the second game in a row–only to be brought down by an angel. Angel Pagan doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning off Luke Gregerson on Friday night at AT&T Park, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory in the opener of a three-game set.
The Giants almost acted as if they didn't want to win. They outhit the Padres, 10-5, yet went a dismal 1-for-9 with RISP and left nine ducks on the pond. They also botched a sacrifice bunt attempt in the ninth inning, failing to move the tying run into scoring position. But Andres Torres atoned for his mistake by swiping second, setting up the game-winner.
The Ninth-Inning Scenario
Andres Torres on second base for the Giants, one out, Pagan at the plate, score tied at 2-2. Gregerson falls behind in the count, 2-0, and Pagan lines the next pitch for the game-winner. Hmmm…
With one out and first base open, one can't help but wonder why Bud Black chose to pitch to Pagan instead of putting him on and setting up the double play. Especially after the count became 2-0.
Gregerson took the loss. He falls to 1-2 after surrendering one run on two hits.
- Giants' starter Madison Bumgarner was practically a one-man highlight reel, fanning 10 Padres. He got hung with a tough no-decision.
- Santiago Casilla notched the win with one and 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings.
- Chase Headley was 1-for-3 with two RBI's–a sacrifice-fly in the first, and his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
- Edinson Volquez turned in a quality start: eight hits, but only two runs over six innings. His ERA plummeted from 11.68 to 8.84.
The second game of the series on Saturday matches Clayton Richard, 0-1, 5.28, vs Tim Lincecum, 1-0, 5.63 at 6:05 PST.
Stat of the Day: in the past week, the Friars' staff ERA has improved from 5.24 and last in the Majors to 4.55 and 24th (of 30 teams).
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