Giants Bullpen Falters as Padres Walk-Off

By: Josh Goodwine

After six strong innings from Jake Peavy in his quest for his first victory against his former team in San Diego, the usually solid bullpen gave up five runs, including a walk-off hit by Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Padres the game, 5-4.

Going into the game, the Giants had a road record under .500, and Peavy is 0-4 against the Padres in San Diego. He had a strong outing, going six shut-out innings and gave up four hits and a walk, as well as a great defensive play where he slid head-first to record an out at first base. Andrew Cashner struggled in the first inning, giving up two runs, both on a two strike, two out base hit by Brandon Crawford. The single brought Angel Pagan and Alejandro De Aza home, and gave Crwaford his 79th and 80th RBIs, a career high. That was Cashner’s only trouble, as he finished his day going six innings and giving up two runs on two hits and five walks.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cory Gearrin, a September call-up, came in to replace Peavy, but was ineffective as he gave up a single and a walk to Jedd Gyorko and Derek Norris, respectively. Josh Osich replaced him and gave up a double to Yangervis Solarte, effectively scoring Gyorko and Norris and tying the game. In the top of the eighth, Jarrett Parker, who replaced Marlon Byrd on a double switch in the seventh, hit an opposite field home run into the second deck in left field off of Joaquin Benoit to give the Giants a brief lead. By the bottom of the eighth, Sergio Romo gave up Padres rookie Travis Janowski’s first career double, which gave the Padres a 4-3 lead.

All seemed lost for the Giants when they saw Craig Kimbrel, one of the best closers in the game, take the mound. However, an error by Matt Kemp, and a double by Brandon Crawford put runners on second and third for Mac Williamson and Kelby Tomlinson, both of whom struck out. That brought Trevor Brown to the plate, who had his first career hit and RBI last night. On a 1-0 pitch, Kimbrel’s 96 mph fastball ran a little too up and in and got away from catcher Derek Norris, allowing Posey to score and tie the game.

George Kontos started the bottom of the ninth. The usually dependable reliever gave up a double to Kemp and intentionally walked Justin Upton. The game ended when Santiago Casilla followed and gave up a walk-off hit to Jedd Gyorko.

Notes:

  • With Ehire Adrianza out with a concussion, he joins Nori Aoki, Gregor Blanco, and Brandon Belt on the concussion list.
  • Injuries continue to haunt the Giants as Juan Perez was put on the 60-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. In a corresponding move, they brought up former Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen from Sacramento. Frandsen played parts of four seasons for the Giants from 2006-2009.
  • It was announced that Tim Hudson will start on Saturday against his former teammate Barry Zito in the final Bay Bridge Series of the season