The San Francisco Giants continue to find new ways to lose in 2017, and even more so to the San Diego Padres. After jumping out to a 4-0 and then 6-2 lead, the Giants lost 12-9 in 11 innings.
Jeff Samardzija, who started the game, lasted four plus innings, allowing five earned runs. He struck out only three and walked a batter.
Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence all drove in runs in the bottom of the first inning to break out to the 4-0 lead. However, former Giant Hector Sanchez had himself a night. Sanchez homered and doubled, driving in two early runs.
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San Francisco is now 37-61, which is the second worst record in baseball behind the Philadelphia Phillies. With the trade deadline approaching, the Giants will have to make a decision whether to have a full fledged fire sale, or to try and call this season a perfect storm of bad luck, worse injuries and terrible timing for down seasons.
There is certainly talent on this team, as the core of this group won the World Series in 2014 and the majority of this group went to the post-season last year. However, with so many of the key players having bad seasons, the front office has been given the task of deciding who is worth keeping and who should be moved.
One thing is certain: A lot much change from now until 2018 if the Giants want to be contenders again.
That might not necessarily mean a complete overhaul, but the players who remain will have to play much better.