AT&T PARK — At first, Bruce Bochy’s decision to pinch-hit for Matt Cain in the fifth inning looked brilliant.
Less than half an hour later, luck had turned on Bochy and the San Francisco Giants.
Chris Stratton and Neil Ramirez combined to surrender eight sixth-inning runs as the Giants fell 12-4 to the San Diego Padres.
With Cain at 86 pitches through five innings, Bochy chose to pinch hit Kelby Tomlinson for the starting pitcher. Tomlinson singled to left field and would later score on Brandon Belt’s two-run single to put the Giants ahead 3-1.
With a tired bullpen, Stratton was tasked with the top of the sixth amidst hopes that he’d be able to throw multiple innings.
Instead, he recorded just one out and allowed five runs.
Ryan Schimpf’s RBI double cut the lead to 3-2 and Austin Hedges’ bloop single to no-man’s land tied the score. Stratton left with the bases loaded. Ramirez issued a walk to pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez, giving San Diego the lead.
The horrors only continued for the Giants as Manuel Margot’s RBI single and Cory Spangenberg’s forceout added insurance runs before Wil Myers unleashed the fatal blow, a majestic three-run bomb that nearly reached the top of the left field bleachers.
Ramirez stayed in for the seventh inning and allowed another three runs. Erick Aybar struck out but reached on a wild pitch to extend the inning, and rookie Allen Cordoba launched a three-run homer halfway up the bleachers.
Even if Cain had batted in the fifth, Bochy said he would have only pitched one more inning.
“I had a little concern after his hamstring issue last start, so we didn’t want to push him too far,” said Bochy. “We went for it there and got the lead; we just couldn’t hold on to it.”
A night after Jeff Samardzija threw just 88 pitches in six innings, Cain faced a much more patient Padres lineup. Still, he held them to one run on six hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk.
Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs in five innings for San Diego, striking out six. Jose Torres ensured that the Giants would get no closer than 9-4, striking out three over 1 1/3 innings.
Giants pitchers struck out 15 San Diego batters, but allowed 12 runs on 14 hits.
Conor Gillaspie was a bright spot for the San Francisco offense. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, and his leadoff double started the three-run rally in the fifth.allen cordobachris strattonjhoulys chacinMajor League BaseballMatt CainMLBneil ramirezSan Diego PadresSan Francisco Giantswil myers