Padres Week in Review: May 4th-10th, Uneven Weeks Continue

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May 9, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Madison Bumgarner

(40) pitches during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Series Recap

 The Padres took to the surging San Francisco Giants this week coming off a weekend sweep of their own of the Colorado Rockies. Any lingering offensive momentum was quickly swept away by 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on the mound. He had a no-hitter through 6 and while the Giants were not able to pull off their third no-hitter of the Padres in 2 years(the other two by Tim Lincecum), the Giants were able to pull off the 2-0 victory thanks to RBI singles by Angel Pagan and Justin Maxwell. A very good start by Tyson Ross was wasted in the loss, as he went a season high 7 innings and only allowed two runs while striking out five. It was probably the best start Ross has turned in this season and good to see him going farther in a game and walking only 2. Unfortunately on this night it wasn’t enough.

The second game had the Padres heavily favored with Andrew Cashner opposing Ryan Vogelsong who has struggled early this year. It would be another game where Yangervis Solarte would contribue to unearned runs to Andrew Cashner. Cashner pitched 6 but allowed 6 runs (4 earned) with 2 walks. Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants had his best outing of the season, throwing 7 strong and allowing 0 runs and just three hits. Joe Panik hit a homer for the Giants and Brandon Crawford went 3-3 with a walk to pace the offense in the 6-0 Giants victory.

In the finale, the Padres found their bats that had been missing the first two games of the series. Jedd Gyorko doubled and had 2 RBI, Austin Hedges made his first career MLB start and got his first MLB hit and 2 RBI, and Wil Myers had a triple in going 3-6 to lead the Padres offensively as they pounded out their own lopsided victory 9-1. Ian Kennedy pitched 7 strong with Brandon Maurer and Rich Garces finishing things off for the Padres.

After a slow start, these Giants have come back on the season and this loss ended their 5 game winning streak. With Hunter Pence scheduled to come back soon, that will dramatically strengthen the lineup and they could make a play yet in the middling NL West.

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