Padres News: 9/13/15 Padres Lose to Giants 10-3


The San Francisco Giants pitching rotation takes hitting very seriously. Madison Bumgarner is really known for it, but Sunday it was starter Mike Leake who hit his second home run of the season to help take down the Padres. This one really mattered too – as the three run shot erased the 0-3 deficit he had gotten himself into in the first inning and the Giants never looked back from there.

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Odrisamer Despaigne continued a disappointing 2015 season and was yanked in the fourth inning after already giving up 4 runs. Several times now this year he has been given the opportunity to show the Padres brass that he should be given prime consideration for a 2016 rotation spot but has failed to duplicate his 2014 success. His record dropped to 5-9 with an ERA near 6.

Mike Leake – a midseason acquisition of the Giants – improved to 10-8 on the season throwing 6 innings with a 3.72 ERA. After the first inning he really calmed down and did not allow another run. Certainly though it was his home run that everyone was talking about after the game.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy had this to say about his performance as reported by Corey Brock and Oliver Macklin,

He can hit. He got a pitch he could handle and we needed it at that point. Great game by Mikey. Here he is pitching in the seventh inning after those first two innings. That’s impressive and that’s experience that probably came in handy there.”

Of the 5 Padres relievers that followed Despaigne, only Nick Vincent and Jon Edwards were able to escape unscathed, with Kevin Quackenbush failing to get an out and walking three when his call came in the 8th.

The sweep was disappointing, but for the Giants it is looking like it might still be too little too late. They remain 7.5 games behind the Dodgers and while they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games – the Dodgers have responded by going 7-3.

The highlight of the day for the Padres was Travis Jankowski‘s first major league home run. He was given the silent treatment in the dugout following the hit and had this to say about the homer. “Today I got a pitch up that I could handle and back-spun it to right field.”

That said, here is hoping that the rookie can continue to show improvement at the plate, as he only has 9 hits in 18 games this season for a batting average of .196.

The Padres head out to Arizona for a battle with the team that is currently hanging on to third place in the NL West with a record of 68-75. The Padres will send James Shields while Arizona will counter with Jeremy Hellickson.

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