The San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday, winning the series and handing the Giants a losing homestand.
For all of the team’s struggles this season, the pitching staff had really been a source of stability. The starting staff, even without Madison Bumgarner, have kept the Giants in nearly every game since his injury.
The bullpen, despite a terrible inning last night, had been one of the stronger bullpens in baseball in April.
Blach has been a part of both, beginning the season in the bullpen as the team’s only left handed pitcher, to taking over for Bumgarner in the starting rotation.
He did a great MadBum impression, pitching seven scoreless and starting the scoring for the Giants. In the fifth inning, Blach hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Joe Panik.
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The Giants head to Los Angeles in last place and things won’t get any easier with the next three against the third place Dodgers.
- Derek Law pitched a scoreless eighth inning, despite giving up two hits. It helps when you strike out the side.
- Hunter Strickland continued his dominance this season, striking out the side as well. In ten innings pitched, he still has yet to allow a run.
- George Kontos did pitch a scoreless 11th inning before giving up the three run home run in the 12th.
- Buster Posey had a three hit game, and is now hitting .354 on the season.