San Francisco, CA – For the past two nights, the Giants have faced unknown pitchers. Despite video and film on each player, the Padres rookie class have baffled San Francisco’s offense for the second consecutive night. Thus, San Diego won the series with a 7-2 victory over the Giants tonight.
“That’s a good old fashioned curveball, 12-and-6,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “You don’t see a lot of those these days. But Jesse’s got a good feel for it.”
“I just felt really good,” said Jesse Hahn. “I felt really relaxed out there.”
After tossing four scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval broke up Hahn’s “no-hitter” and perfect game with a single to leadoff the fifth. Michael Morse followed with a bloop single to right field and Tyler Colvin grounded out scoring in Sandoval making it a 3-1 game.
San Francisco’s at-bats were quiet again against superb pitching and good defense by San Diego. The Giants tried to rally in both the fifth and sixth innings but only mustered a run a piece. Buster Posey’s RBI double in the sixth was the last run scored for San Francisco.
“He’s got pretty good stuff,” said Posey. “He had good life on his fastball, and he changed speeds with the curveball a lot, which made it effective.”
The Padres took a 3-0 lead despite the Giants turning three double plays to back a pretty good start for Tim Hudson. Cameron Maybin hit a single to right field and scored on Will Venable’s sacrifice fly to make it a 1-0 game in the third.
By the fifth, San Diego added two more runs when Alexi Amarista hit a RBI double and Maybin scored on Venable’s ground out extending their lead 3-0. Things didn’t get any better for the Giants, in the sixth the Padres opened up their offense.
“Those are situations where you’ve got to find a way to push them across,” said Venable who drove in two runs.
“I felt pretty good tonight,” Hudson said. “You have to give them credit. When I made mistakes, they were able to capitalize on them especially in the sixth. There’s not really much else to it.”
Maybin hit a infield RBI single followed by Amarista’s two-run single giving the Padres a 6-1 lead. Then pinch-hitter Tommy Medica blasted a solo home run to left field in the eighth to seal their victory. San Diego has won five of their last seven games and won the series for the first time at AT&T Park since Oct 2010.
Hudson’s outing lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits, six runs (four earned), two walks, four strikeouts and one hit batter. He’s lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season. In those two loses Hudson’s allowed 13 runs on 21 hits and allowed 21 runs in his first 13 starts.
“It’s the rotation that put us in a good position, but we’ve hit a bump in the road with some of them, and it’s going to happen,” said San Francisco’s manager Bruce Bochy. “But it’s going to be important to come out of this, and it’s going to be our starting pitching that gets us out of this.”