Baggs' Instant Replay: Padres 6, Giants 4

Baggs' Instant Replay: Padres 6, Giants 4
April 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Ryan Vogelsong gave up three home runs on Sunday against the Padres, matching his career high. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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SAN DIEGO – Sure, the Giants could complain of bad breaks and bad timing in their 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday, which swept them out of Petco Park.

To wit: Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia made a diving catch of Andres Torres’ line drive to prevent a tying two-run single in the eighth inning.

Or you could look at Hunter Pence, who doubled with the bases empty in the second inning, then bounced into a double play with the bases loaded in the third.

It was that kind of afternoon.

But when you score four runs at Petco Park, it should be enough. And when you score 11 over a two-game span here, it should make for a weekend full of laughs.

Instead, a lightly regarded opponent took three consecutive victories. The Padres did it by attacking the Giants where their armor is usually the thickest.

A day after roughing up Barry Zito, the Padres hit three home runs off Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants lineup couldn’t match salvo for salvo against pedestrian right-hander Jason Marquis in the Padres’ 6-4 victory.

The Giants’ losing streak hit five games – and now they head to Arizona, to face a Diamondbacks club that they know will play them tough.

Normally it would inspire confidence to send Matt Cain on the mound on Monday, but the Giants are 0-5 in his starts thus far. This would be one terrific time to win behind their opening-day ace.

Starting pitching report

Vogelsong (1-2) struck out six, so not all his pitches flattened out. But enough of them did.

Chase Headley hit a solo homer in the first inning, Nick Hundley crushed a two-run shot in the second and Alexi Amarista went deep for a two-run homer un the fourth.

Vogelsong didn’t record an out in the sixth inning and he’s thrown a quality start just once in his five assignments. A year ago, he threw quality starts in 18 of his first 19 outings.

For all his determination and success in the postseason, the 2013 version of Vogelsong bears an uncanny resemblance to the pitcher who struggled down the stretch last year.

If you add up his five starts this year with his last 10 regular-season starts from last season, this is what you’d get: a 6-7 record, a 6.08 ERA, 97 hits in 77 innings and just four quality starts out of 15.

Vogelsong’s three home runs allowed matched his career high. He also gave up three to the Braves in August of last season, and the Cubs tagged him for three in April of 2004 while he was pitching for the Pirates.

Last year, Vogelsong didn’t give up multiple homers in a start until his 24th outing. He’s given up two and three in his last two starts, however.

Or, looking at it another way … Vogelsong has allowed seven home runs in five starts. Last year, he gave up his seventh homer on July 1, in his 15th start.


Bullpen report

Jose Mijares and George Kontos allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings.

At the plate

The Giants loaded the bases twice in the first three innings against Marquis but netted just one run out of the deal, when Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly.

It was a 6-2 deficit entering the eighth, when Pablo Sandoval led off with his third single of the game and Buster Posey followed with a drive to right field that glanced off Denorfia’s glove and slipped over the fence for a two-run homer.

Posey’s shot nullified Amarista’s two-run homer in the fourth. Neither shot would’ve been out of Petco Park a year ago, before the fences were adjusted in right-center. Unofficially, Posey’s shot was the fourth “bonus” homer the Padres have given up this year. Amarista’s homer was the first of the year to benefit the home team.

But even the eighth-inning rally ended up getting minimized. Pence singled, Crawford walked and both runners stood in scoring position after a wild pitch. That’s when Torres, who had entered on a double switch, battledLuke Gregerson in a  tough, seven-pitch battle that ended with a line drive into Denorfia’s glove.

Sandoval singled again in the ninth for his fourth hit, matching his career high. He did it last in 2011.

In field

Both teams were errorless in the field. Posey allowed a run to score on a passed ball, though.

Attendance

The Padres announced 33,722 paid on an idyllic afternoon.

Up next

The Giants begin a three-game series at Arizona’s Chase Field on Monday, with Matt Cain (0-2, 6.59) hoping to pitch them to a victory for the first time all year. He’ll oppose right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.70). It’ll be Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.87) against right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.00) on Tuesday and Tim Lincecum (2-1, 3.64) against right-hander Brandon McCarthy (0-3. 7.48) on Wednesday.

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