The San Diego Padres fell to the San Francisco Giants on Monday to begin the divisional series, and it wasn’t even close.
Scoreless through the third inning, the Giants took off in the fourth and never looked back, scoring in five consecutive innings en route to a 13-2 thrashing.
The top of the Padres order in Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer, and Manny Machado were coming off an incredible series against the Redbirds. They had also enjoyed a hot start to the summer, hitting a combined .337/.400/1.028 with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs in June alone.
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They fell flat on Monday, however, going 1-for-8 combined with a sacrifice fly and a walk.
Despite a poor performance, Friars fans should be wary to judge the team on one game, arguably their most lopsided loss in over a month.
Nevertheless, it seems the Giants won’t go down easy this year. They’re 5-5 against the Padres in 2019, the last series ending in a sweep for the Giants.
For a team that’s been hard-pressed to string together runs all season long, they seemed just fine on Monday. Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit, including P Jeff Samardzija.
He went an impressive eight innings, finishing with two runs off of five hits, six strikeouts, and two walks. He’s now 9-3 in his career against San Diego.
On the other side of the mound, rookie sensation Logan Allen came crashing back to earth.
Allen struggled every which way, allowing six runs through seven hits in only four innings, striking out three batters and walking two. After a couple fantastic starts, it was inevitable for the first-year pitcher to experience some growing pains.
This loss makes it two in a row for the San Diego Padres, who seemed to be on their way to a second straight series sweep against the Cardinals on Sunday. After blowing a 3-0 lead in 11 innings, the offense has since looked lost.
Fortunately, it’s only been two games. And even better, there always seems to be something positive to take away, including from the losses. Tatis Jr. provided that relief on Monday.
The rookie just continues to shine both on the field and around the bases.
Against the Giants, he broke the record for the hardest throw by a shortstop this season, clocking in at 94 MPH to throw Kevin Pillar out at first.
He also scored on a popup to second base – something that most baserunners wouldn’t even give a second thought.
Tatis Jr. has clearly exceeded expectations this season, as hard as that is to say considering how high those expectations were. Aside from a stint on the IL, he’s slashing .337/.407/1.026 on the year, coupled with fantastic defense and other-worldly baserunning.
He’s become the lifeblood of a team whose playoff window is on the verge of opening, already thinking ahead to when they’ll be taken seriously as World Series contenders.
Until then, however, the Padres have more immediate concerns, such as facing the Giants for Game 2 on Tuesday. They’ll look to avoid a second straight series loss at the hands of the NL rival.
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