September 23, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) hits the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT

San Diego Padres Top San Francisco Giants, 7-3

Giants fans should have just left the game after the first inning. They would have left happy. Hunter Pence, who was hitting bombs during batting practice, hit a three run homerun into the left field seats. AT&T Park South erupted, as the crowd revealed that most of the 42,000 people in attendance were San Francisco Giants fans. That would be the only inning that the Giants scored.

Madison Bumgarner allowed five runs (four earned) over four innings, including a three run homerun by Chase Headley. The big lefthander did not work quickly, as got to three ball counts on nearly every batter he faced. Giants fans at Petco Park were quite restless, because of the slow pace at which Bumgarner was working.

Bumgarner says he’s not worried about his performance during his final start of the year before the National League Division Series. There’s a possibility of him coming out of the bullpen for a few innings, and throwing an extra side session to work out his mechanics.

Buster Posey went 2-2 with a walk, increasing his National League leading batting average to .337. Marco Scutaro also extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

Today the Giants are resting their regulars, which includes Aubrey Huff playing first base.

Side Notes:

When you go to batting practice, PLEASE pay attention. As I learned, Hunter Pence can hit the bal a long way. And if you’re staring at Tim Lincecum while Pence is hitting, you can have a ball come within an inch of your head.

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