Jun 24, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) hits a grand slam against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (35-39) simply cannot string together consecutive wins. A day after a dramatic and inspiring comeback against Madison Bumgarner, the Friars laid an egg and were shutout by Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants bullpen.
It all started in the third inning when Andrew Susac reached on Will Middlebrooks’ fielding error. Gregor Blanco then singled. Vogelsong got a bunt down to make it 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ian Kennedy (4-6) then walked Angel Pagan to load the bases. Joe Panik flew out to right field for a sac fly, scoring the first run of the game.
The key at-bat of the game was Matt Duffy’s. It was a battle. Kennedy had opportunities to retire him but Duffy eventually worked a walk to load the bases once again. This time for the former MVP Buster Posey. He did not let that opportunity slip by.
Posey crushed a 2-2 pitch well into the left field seats for a grand slam. That made the score 5-0 with the Giants only having two hits.
They added on in the 4th with an RBI single by Blanco.
The score would remain 6-0 to the end as the San Francisco Giants (39-34) took the second game of the series. The Padres have several opportunities themselves. The very next inning after yielding 5 runs, they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out after a double by Justin Upton. A strikeout, base running blunder and ground out later, the Padres came up with nothing. They finished 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.
Even though Kennedy allowed 6 runs, only one of them was earned and he lasted 6 innings. He still got his 6th loss of the year.
Vogelsong also lasted 6 innings before turning it over to the bullpen who pitched three perfect innings.
Matt Kemp, hitting leadoff for the first time since 2010, but was 0 for 4 with a strikeout. The Padres still have a chance to win the series Thursday afternoon.
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