Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 10, Padres 1


Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 10, Padres 1


SAN DIEGO The relentless approach, the hard contact, the smart baserunning, the consistency

Were not describing those qualities that the Giants will miss most from Melky Cabrera. Were describing what his former teammates did without him Friday night.

They worked San Diego Padres right-hander Ross Ohendorf down to a nub in an eight-run third inning, putting up one tenacious at-bat after another to provide ample support for Matt Cain in a 10-1 victory at Petco Park.

Combined with the Dodgers extra-inning loss at Atlanta, the Giants nudged back into first place, a half-game ahead of their archrivals.

Marco Scutaro hit a home run in the first inning, Brandon Crawford doubled to touch off the clubs biggest single-inning feast of the season and Cain took a no-hitter into the fifth inning as the Giants played nearly flawless baseball to start their six-game road trip.

Starting pitching report
Nobody is better than Cain at stabilizing a troubled situation. His outing was a seismic retrofit for a rotation that simply must step up its game down the stretch.

Cain (12-5) held the Padres to a run on four hits and one walk in eight innings. He threw 74 of 108 pitches for strikes and he did it in typical fashion, brushing his hard, exploding fastball on the periphery while flipping in enough offspeed stuff to keep the Padres off balance.

Cain retired the first nine hitters before the Giants gave him a big lead, just as they did when he threw his perfect game against Houston on June 13. But Logan Forsythe got hit by a pitch in the fourth and Yonder Alonso made the no-hitter go away in the fifth. Everth Cabreras two-out single scored Alonso the only earned run Cain has allowed in his last two starts (spanning 15 innings) at Petco Park.

Cain improved to 6-0 in eight starts that follow Giants losses.

Bullpen report
George Kontos pitched the ninth. Miles Mikolas pitched for the Padres earlier in the game. Perhaps they celebrated their Greek heritage together over some baklava and flaming cheese.

At the plate
The Giants sent 13 men to the plate in their eight-run third inning, which began with Crawfords double and a rare failure when Cain popped up a sacrifice bunt.

Angel Pagan, who entered with a .308 average and .403 on-base percentage in 13 games since moving back to the leadoff spot, followed with a triple and Scutaro used a solid approach to bang an RBI single up the middle.

The good at-bats continued. Pablo Sandoval fouled off a series of tough, two-strike pitches. Then he took one, allowing Scutaro to steal second base and move to third when catcher Yasmani Grandals throw clipped him on the shoulder. Sandoval followed by smoking an RBI single through the right side.

The Giants werent satisfied with a three-run rally. After Buster Posey walked, Hunter Pence yanked an RBI double down the left field line. Then Brandon Belt had perhaps the best plate appearance of the night, working a 12-pitch walk. Gregor Blanco, Matt Cain and Pagan would contribute three more RBI hits with Crawford scoring his second run of the inning before Scutaro finally grounded into a fielders choice to strand two.

Pagan led the club with three hits and seven different Giants crossed the plate in one of their most satisfying performances of the season.

In field
Angel Pagan covered plenty of ground in center field to keep Cains no-hitter intact into the fifth. But Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe made the play of the game, diving to snare Pences ground ball up the middle and quickly recovering to throw him out to end the fourth.

The Padres announced 38,755 paid on Orange Friday at Petco Park.

Up next
The Giants continue their series at AT&T Park South, otherwise known as Petco Park, on Saturday with a 5:35 p.m. (PDT) first pitch. Barry Zito (9-8, 4.29) takes the mound against left-hander Eric Stults (3-2, 2.45), who was marvelous in his cameo in Pulp Fiction.

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers has had his way with the San Francisco Giants, and so has San Diego.

Oh how this rivalry has shifted - not to mention Myers' power stroke at AT&T Park, where he has already cleared the fences five times this season.

He decided to embrace the ballpark's challenging conditions and typical chilly temperatures coming off the bay.

Myers homered for a career-best third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

"One of the big things is just actually wanting to come here to play. Last year I kind of dreaded coming here because it's a pitcher's ballpark and they have great pitchers," Myers said. "One thing I did this year was just got excited to play here. It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well."

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th big league start and sixth on the road. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

"A couple bad pitches they ambushed me early in the count," Blach said. "It's frustrating when you're rolling like that you can't make adjustments quick enough."

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

"We still have a ton of respect for who they are, the players on the field and what they've done," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We know at any point in time they could go reel off 10 or 12 and have a great run. We don't want that to start on us."

Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.

No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect


No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.