Padres Cannot Take Advantage of Giant Mistakes, Lose Series


The Giants made four errors in Thursday’s matinee, however the Padres could not capitalize on San Francisco’s mistakes, and dropped their second straight to the Giants, 8-3. The Padres went just 2-15 with runners in scoring position, allowing Giants starter Matt Cain to tightrope out of trouble.

Just like yesterday’s game, the Giants jumped out in the first inning, scoring two runs off of new Padres starter Jason Marquis. Marquis made a throwing error, that led to a pair of unearned runs.

The Giants built a 4-0 lead by the third, as Ryan Theriot had an RBI single in the 2nd, and Buster Posey took Marquis deep. However, the Padres would strike back.

The Padres scored three runs in their half of the 3rd, taking advantage of two Giants miscues. The Padres scored their first run on a Theriot throwing error, and Chase Headley followed with a two-run double to deep right. San Diego stranded Headley at second, as John Baker and Jesus Guzman both flew out to left field.

The Padres blew a golden opportunity in the 6th, as they loaded the bases with no one out. Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay flew out to shallow left, and Cameron Maybin grounded into a back-breaking double play that killed the momentum.

The Giants blew the game open against the Padres bullpen, scoring two runs in the 7th, and one run each in both the 8th and 9th innings.

Marquis was decent in his first outing as a Padre, going 6 innings. He gave up 9 hits, 4 runs(only 2 earned) and struck out six. Ross Ohlendorf made his Padres debut in the 9th, giving up an earned run.

The loss dropped the Padres record to an ML-worst 19-39. The team will open up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday.

NOTES:Pitcher Eric Stults is the latest Padres starter to hit the disabled list. Stults has a strained left lat muscle. Andrew Cashner will take his spot in the rotation.