Jul 20, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Gregor Blanco (7) is congratulated by center fielder Angel Pagan (16) after hitting a solo home run during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Ownage is ownage. And if Ian Kennedy–the Padres starting pitcher Monday night–doesn’t have ownage on the Giants, at the very least he has a long-term lease.
The Giants took a brief glimpse at the lead when Gregor Blanco launched a solo homerun–his fourth at Petco, tying his AT&T record–to kick off the third inning. Matt Kemp, former Dodger, now Padres slugger, took it away in the Friars’ half when he hit a homerun off Tim Hudson with a man on.
Speaking of Tim Hudson, his return from the DL found him “battling his command” according to Bruce Bochy in the post game interview. Hudson pitched four innings–two of them were solid–and he gave up three runs, including Kemp’s, on five hits and four walks–including the guy on base when Kemp hit his homer. Hudson struck out three.
Yusmeiro Petit relieved Hudson and pitched two innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out two. Ryan Vogelsong came in from the bullpen for the last two innings and he allowed just one hit and struck out one.
The Giants tried to rally in the fifth, Giants style. With two outs, Joe Panik roped a single up the middle to start the line moving. Matt Duffy hit a single and Buster Posey scored Panik with another single, tying the game. Briefly.
Although the Giants allowed two more Padres runs to score–one in the fifth and one in the sixth–their defense looked sharp. We were treated to a full–Brandon double play special in the seventh.
With runners at the corners and one out, the Padres left fielder, Will Venable, hit the ball to first. Brandon Belt fielded the ball, tossed it to Brandon Crawford covering second, and Crawford threw back to Belt, getting the out to end the inning. The best part? It kept the runner at third from scoring. The final score was: Giants 2, Padres 4
So the Padres extended their winning streak by snapping the Giants streak. I think the Giants should return the favor Tuesday, don’t you? Maybe if they use a little magic?