San Francisco Giants 8 – San Diego Padres 4
We played some UGLY baseball today! Guess we can’t win them all!
We split the 2 game series against the San Francisco Giants today. We just can’t give a starter like Tim Lincecum an early lead of 3 runs in the first inning. It is tough enough to put a run on the board against him.
In the first inning, Tim Stauffer struggled through the meat of the Giants order. Freddy Sanchez hit a ball to center that was just off of the glove of centerfielder Cameron Maybin. If Maybin makes that catch, it could have changed the whole outlook of the ballgame. Instead, the ball rattled around in the outfield and Sanchez circled around for a triple. Aubrey Huff then doubled him home and then Buster Posey went yard to quickly give Lincecum a 3-run lead.
There was a big following for the visiting Giants and their fans could not be quieted after their early lead. Lincecum was pitching lights out as well, retiring the 5 of the first 6 batters with strikeouts. The only offense off of Lincecum was a homerun hit in to the second deck from the hot-hitting Nick Hundley. The rest of the Padres bats were quiet against the former Cy Young award winner.
The never-say-die Padres made a threat late in the game to bring the tying run up to the plate. It could have been an amazing comeback, but it was too little too late. We will not win many games where we give up 8 runs. The middle relievers just made the deficit larger in the middle innings and put the game away.
Friar baseball consists of good pitching, good defense and timely hitting. We just did not play that way today.