San Francisco Giants: Moore Plagued by Long Ball in Loss to Padres
Matt Moore has been pitching well as of late for the San Francisco Giants, but fell victim to the long ball in San Diego on Tuesday night.
Moore was tagged for 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings of work, with four of those coming in the fourth inning.
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The Giants got the ball rolling in the second inning in this one. Joe Panik led the inning off with a single to the left side off of Luis Perdomo and Nick Hundley followed by reaching on an error by Cory Spangenberg, which was one of two costly errors he made in the inning.
After Ryder Jones flied out to record the first out of the inning, Moore bunted in attempt to advance the runners. Spangenberg made his second error of the inning, allowing Panik to score, Hundley to advance to second and Moore to reach first safely.
Then, Denard Span came to the dish and laced a double down the right side, scoring Hundley and moving Moore to third. Hunter Pence proceeded to walk and the Giants were in prime position to really break this game open, already leading 2-0 with the bases loaded and only one out in the inning.
The Giants were unable to capitalize, as Perdomo found his rhythm by striking out Jarrett Parker looking and getting Pablo Sandoval to line out to center to end the inning.
It did not take Moore long to find trouble as Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte led the bottom of the inning off with back-to-back singles. Moore was able to get the double play he desperately needed, but proceeded to give up a two out RBI single to Spangenberg, trimming the lead to only one.
Momentum took a significant swing in the fourth inning. Jabari Blash led the inning off with a home run on the very first pitch of the inning after Moore served one right in his wheel house. Moore continued to struggle with location, hitting Spangenberg and then walking Austin Hedges.
Now with runners in scoring position and no one out, Manuel Margot came to the plate and blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Padres a 5-2 lead.
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Moore’s night was done after 5 innings and he was replaced by Albert Suarez, who the Padres also tagged for a run on a two out single from Carlos Asuaje.
Sandoval led the inning off with what looked like a solo home run, only to have it robbed by Jose Pirela. Panik continued his solid night with a home run over the right field fence to cut San Diego’s lead to 6-3. It would be the closest the Giants would get as the score ultimately stayed the same the rest of the way.
Matt Moore’s outing Tuesday night seemed more like the version of him we have been used to seeing in 2017. He was solid in his previous three outings, only giving up 5 runs in 20.1 innings, but matched that in only five innings against the Padres. He may not have walked many batters, but he still struggled with location, especially when in position to put hitters away.
Joe Panik and Denard Span combined for five of the team’s eight hits and two of the three runs. Since returning from the DL, Panik is batting a crisp .384.
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The Giants will be back in action against the Padres Wednesday at 6:10 PM with Ty Blach on the bump, matching up again Travis Wood.