Padres News: Bats Punchless Again, Padres Drop Another in SF


Apr 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (12) after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres (14-14) once again struggled to score runs against the San Francisco Giants (14-13). They were shutout for the second straight night as Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) pitched much like his teammate Madison Bumgarner. He went 7 innings, only allowed 3 hits and no runs while striking out 4.

His pitches caused very weak contact throughout the game. Will Venable and Alexi Amarista each had two strikeouts and six different Padres struck out during the game.

Andrew Cashner (1-5) did not help matters as he allowed 6 runs (4 earned) and walked 3 in six innings. The Padres defense also sunk them tonight with two errors. Solarte’s fielding error cost the Friars two runs.

Joe Panik sealed the deal with his second home run of the season, making it 6-0 in the 5th. The score remained that through the remainder of the game. For the second straight game, the Padres could not get anything going offensively. For the first time this season, the Padres were shutout twice in a row.

The Giants have also recorded three straight shutouts for the first time since June of 2012. The Padres scoreless streak is now at 20 innings. The only Padres who have been contributing at all in this series offensively are Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte, who each reached base twice today. Also, for the second night in a row, the Padres were without an extra base hit.

The Padres look to avoid the sweep tomorrow when Ian Kennedy takes the hill against Chris Heston.