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Giants lose battle of rookie hurlers, series

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San Francisco Giants’ Nick Hundley scores ahead of the tag by San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges in the second inning on April 15, 2018 at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. (K.C. Alfred/ San Diego Union -Tribune)

A showdown of rookie pitchers on Sunday went the way of San Diego Padres, who rode six excellent innings from Bay Area native Joey Lucchesi to a 10-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

After allowing a run in the second inning on a Brandon Belt sacrifice fly, Lucchesi rolled through the Giants offense, striking out nine without any walks and allowing just five hits for his second win. Drafted in the fourth round in 2016, the Newark Memorial HS alum is just the second player from his draft class to reach the Majors.

On a day when both lineups were depleted by injuries, Tyler Beede couldn’t replicate Lucchesi’s success. Despite not having to face Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers and Manuel Margot, Beede surrendered five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Christian Villanueva’s two-run double put San Diego (7-10) ahead in the third inning, and Beede was chased in the fourth after three more runs crossed. Doubles by Cory Spangenberg and Jose Pirela brought home runs, and an RBI single by Freddy Galvis made it 5-1 and chased Beede.

Villanueva took Josh Osich deep in the fifth inning for his second home run in as many days, and Osich allowed another run on Franchy Cordero’s RBI single in the sixth. Derek Law allowed three runs (two earned) in the seventh, with Pirela bringing home a pair on a triple and scoring on a Joe Panik error.

With Buster Posey sitting due to a sore thumb, the Giants couldn’t make up for his absence offensively despite solid games from two players who had been struggling to start the year. Nick Hundley, who batted cleanup against his former team, had a pair of hits. Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with a double to bring his average to .204, the first time he’s been above the Mendoza line since joining the team. Seven of his 11 hits of the year have gone for extra bases.

To say it was a rough day for San Francisco (6-9) without Posey anchoring the lineup would be generous. Giants hitters struck out 12 times and walked just once, with Jordan Lyles and Kyle McGrath taking care of the final three innings for the Padres with minimal adversity.

After an off-day tomorrow, the Giants will return to action on Tuesday in Arizona, with Johnny Cueto returning from the disabled list to oppose Patrick Corbin and the division-leading Diamondbacks at 6:40 p.m.

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