Sept. 13, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARDSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Mark DeRosa hit a game-ending RBI single off second baseman Orlando Hudson's glove in the 12th inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.DeRosa's two-out drive against Brad Bauch (0-2) just evaded Hudson, allowing Cody Ross to score from the third.Pablo Sandoval and Justin Christian also drove in a run for the Giants, who have won three straight. Ramon Ramirez (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win.Jason Bartlett had a two-run double for the Padres, who have lost five of six.Cody Ross kicked off the Giants 12th with a leadoff single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked. Sandoval bounced into a fielder's choice before DeRosa recorded his fifth career game-ending hit and first in four years.Giants starter Matt Cain gave up one run and four hits, struck out six and walked three in 6 1-3 innings. He is 2-3 with a 2.01 ERA in his last eight outings.Cory Luebke struck out eight in six innings for the Padres, yielding two runs and 10 hits. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.28 ERA in his last five starts.The Giants grabbed the lead in the first. Ross led off with a single, moved to third on Carlos Beltran's double and scored on Sandoval's base hit.Sandoval and Brett Pill opened the fourth with singles. After Orlando Cabrera struck out, Christian lined a single into center to give the Giants a 2-0 edge.Javier Lopez came in for Cain with a runner on first. He got pinch-hitter Andy Parrino on a groundout but gave up a double to pinch-hitter Aaron Cunningham.Gullermo Mota took over for Lopez and Bartlett drilled his first offering to the wall in left-center field, tying it at 2.NOTES: Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez (ankle) threw off flat ground. ... LHP Jeremy Affeldt is the Giants nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. ... RHP Mat Latos (7-13, 3.72) pitches for the Padres in the series finale Wednesday. Latos is 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA over his last eight starts. He has a career 1.33 ERA at AT&T Park. ... INF Orlando Hudson is the Padres nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. ... RHP Tim Lincecum (12-12, 2.68 ERA) starts for the Giants on Wednesday. Lincecum returned to form in a no-decision his last time out, allowing one run and six hits over eight innings. He's 8-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 17 starts against the Padres. ... Giants speedster Darren Ford was picked off at 1B by Chad Qualls in the 8th.
SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants were in a different situation, Tuesday night’s loss was the kind that really would sting for a few days. As is, it was simply loss No. 77 in a stunningly bad season.
The Giants went down 4-3 in somewhat familiar fashion, with their offense failing to break through and their bullpen coming up short. But this loss, No. 77, was also about small mistakes, both mental and physical. Let’s count down some of the ways the Giants went down:
--- Gorkys Hernandez, a late addition to the lineup because Hunter Pence has a tight hamstring, dropped a fly ball in deep right in the fourth inning. That cost Jeff Samardzija a run and a few more pitches. Bruce Bochy said Pence likely will be off Wednesday and then return Friday in Arizona.
--- Bochy pulled Samardzija after just 89 pitches, and it was certainly peculiar in the moment. The thing is, the intention fit in with the reality of this season. Samardzija has carried a heavy load and Bochy was trying to protect his arm a bit.
“The inning before, he logged some pitches,” Bochy said. “I’ve worked him pretty hard and I’m really looking after him as much as anything. We’re trying to give some guys a break and it didn’t work out. We had some guys lined up in the seventh, eighth, ninth — it just didn’t work out in the seventh.”
--- You can’t really argue with protecting a big-money pitcher in a down year. But Bochy probably wishes he had chosen someone other than Albert Suarez, who was fresher than others but has now given up runs in six of seven appearances. Suarez turned a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. It was more glaring when Kyle Crick entered and pitched 1 1/3 sharp innings.
--- The Giants still had a chance — it helped that the Brewers took a dominant Josh Hader out of the game just because he’s a lefty and Nick Hundley bats right-handed — and they put two on in the eighth. Denard Span hit a soft single to right and Phil Nevin waved Hundley, who has catcher’s legs. He was out by a mile. Bochy said he was fine with forcing the issue there, although that’s a call Nevin probably wants back.
Another twist on the play: Bochy could have put speedy Orlando Calixte in for Hundley and then moved Pablo Sandoval over to first in the next inning, with Calixte at third. He didn’t second-guess that decision.
“He was out pretty easily,” Bochy said. “I don’t know if a little more speed would have helped out.”
--- In the bottom of the ninth, Kelby Tomlinson singled. He was promptly caught stealing second with the heart of the order coming up. Again, a decision that went the visiting team’s way.
Those moments could be defended or second-guessed. On another night, maybe they all work out and the Giants win 3-2, or 6-4. On this night, it was simply a familiar script, and loss No. 77.
SAN FRANCISCO — Just when it seemed the Giants were starting to find some continuity in their bullpen, they have taken a couple of steps back.
Two days after Hunter Strickland imploded late, Albert Suarez gave up the lead. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Brewers in a game that dragged. The Brewers did open the window a bit in the bottom of the eighth and Denard Span bounced a single to right with two outs and two on. Phil Nevin waved Nick Hundley all the way around third and Hundley was thrown out by 10 feet to end the inning.
Anyway, here are five other things to know …
—- Just one of Jeff Samardzija’s six innings went 1-2-3, and Bruce Bochy turned to the bullpen after just 89 pitches. Samardzija was charged with two runs, one of them earned. It was a little odd that he came out so early.
—- Suarez entered in the seventh with a one-run lead and gave up two runs before being lifted. He has allowed a run in six of his last seven appearances.
—- Brandon Crawford momentarily gave the Giants the lead with a two-run homer, his 11th. He is definitely starting to hit his stride. Crawford has four extra base hits and six RBI on the homestand.
—- Why is it so hard for the Giants to sign power bats? Well, just ask Eric Thames. He hit a 433-foot blast to lead off the third but ended up with just a triple when it bounced off the top of the bricks in right-center. Per Statcast data, Thames is the first player in the last three years to hit a ball more than 430 feet and not get a homer. He was stranded at third.
—- Over in Sacramento, a couple of rehab appearances went as planned. Johnny Cueto threw three scoreless innings for the River Cats; he will make at least one more minor league start. Joe Panik was 0-for-2 in five innings; he will join the San Jose Giants on Wednesday for another rehab game.