The San Diego Padres fell in their final game of 2014 to the playoff-bound San Fransisco Giants 9-3. The Padres’ starter, Robbie Erlin struggled mightily as he only went 1.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, on 4 runs, while walking 2 and striking out 1 batter. The Giants’ starter Chris Heston, didn’t fare too well either. He went 4 innings, giving up 3 runs, on 6 hits, while walking 2, and striking out 2 batters.
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In the final game of the season, it was the Padres who struck first, when Cory Spangenberg‘s single scored Will Venable to make it 1-0 Padres. The Friars would add another run on a Seth Smith sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 in the 1st inning. However, that lead wouldn’t hold for very long, as the Giants would tie it in the bottom of the inning, with a Buster Posey two-run home run.
The Giants wouldn’t stop there, and would strike again with 2 more runs in the 2nd inning. This would happen when Gregor Blanco would hit a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Belt. The next batter, Joe Panik, would single and that brought in Brandon Crawford that pushed the Giant lead to 4-2 after 2 innings. The Padres would fight back in the 3rd inning though, and with a Yasmani Grandal single to bring in Cory Spangenberg, the Giants were only up by 1.
The Giants would not stop the onslaught, and in the 4th, an Adam Duvall home run put the Giants up by a score of 5-3. The scoring for the Giants would continue in the 7th, when a Gary Brown single brought in Blanco. The next batter, Joaquin Arias, hit a double to score 2 runs. Finally, a Matt Duffy single would seal the deal and the final score ended up being 9-3 Giants.
The Padres end their season with a (77-85) record, but on the bright side, they did take the season series from the Giants (10-9). The Padres head into the off-season looking to add some hitting depth to their lineup. The future looks bright in San Diego!
Keep the Faith.