The Giants had plenty of opportunities to score runs in their 3-2 loss to the Padres in San Diego on Friday night.
In the top of the fifth, the Giants got runners to second and third but couldn’t score them. New Giant Mike Tauchman hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth, then never advanced from there. They loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh only for Tauchman and Darin Ruf to strike out without a single run coming across the plate. In the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out and scored just one run.
In all, San Francisco left eight runners on base and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. It failed to reward righty Logan Webb (1-2) for his quality start and turned Padres starter Yu Darvish’s night into a masterpiece even though they had their chances to make it a nightmare.
Darvish’s box score is clean. He allowed just one run on four hits in 6.1 innings while walking three and striking out 12, the most he’s had in a game since Sept. 22, 2019. His ERA dropped to 2.13 on the season and it was all thanks to an outing where he capitalized with surgical precision on some aggressive Giants’ swings outside the strike zone.
Be it a fastball high or a changeup away, the Giants were free swingers on Friday night and Darvish knew it.
There was one instance, however, where Darvish went fishing outside the strike zone and missed badly. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was hit in the left calf by a 96 mph fastball in the fifth inning. And while he was well enough to remain in the game and scamper from first to third after a Steven Duggar double, the veteran infielder did not emerge from the dugout in the bottom of the inning. Mauricio Dubón replaced him.
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Webb gave his team six quality innings in which he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Considering how many runners the Giants put on base throughout the game, Webb gave them a chance to win despite surrendering the three runs.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports
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