Jesus Guzman's solo home run was not enough to offset his team's lack of production, and the San Francisco Giants took the rubber match of the series, 4-2, downing the San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park in a game marred by yet another benches-clearing fracas.
Madison Bumgarner worked seven quality innings to improve to 7-4 on the season, whiffing eight, and giving up two runs on three hits. He made just three bad pitches: one that Will Venable walloped for his 10th home run, one that Guzman launched for his third long ball, and one that sailed behind Guzman, causing both benches to clear.
Clearly, the Giants were less than thrilled with Guzman's response to his eighth-inning home run in Tuesday night's game. Guzman came off the bench and slammed a two-run home run to straightaway center-field that gave the Padres a short-lived 4-3 lead.
In his first at-bat on Wednesday, Guzman found himself doing another jig–this time to dodge Bumgarner's belt-high fastball that sailed behind him and sent a message: you show us up, we knock you down.
In post-game comments, he shrugged it off, saying,
"It's part of the game. I will forget it."
Padres' manager Bud Black was perplexed.
"I have no idea where that came from," Black said. "That was uncalled for, I thought. I didn't get it."
Despite the scuffle, at least two positives can be pointed out:
- Bumgarner didn't throw at Guzman's head.
- No punches were thrown, and nobody was injured, fined, or ejected.
Did Guzman go too far? Where do you draw the line between celebrating and taunting the opposition?
The loss drops San Diego back to .500 at 36-36. They managed just four hits, and none with runners in scoring position. Gregor Blanco delivered the big blow for the Giants, a seventh-inning two-run triple that gave them a 3-2 lead. Sergio Romo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save.
Padres' starter Eric Stults turned in a fine outing, but got stuck with a no-decision. He worked into the seventh-inning and gave up two runs on seven hits.
Luke Gregerson took the loss with an uncharacteristically bad outing; he faced four hitters and didn't retire anyone, surrendering four hits and two runs. Tyson Ross, however, pulled off a rarity, striking out all five hitters he faced.
The Padres return home for seven games, starting with four with the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA comes is in last place in the West at 30-40, has lost 7 of their last 10, and is just 11-20 on the road.
Game one on Thursday at 7:10 PST matches Jason Marquis, 9-2, 3.63, versus Stephen Fife, 1-2, 3.74.
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