AT&T PARK — The San Diego Padres hung a four-spot on Ty Blach in the fourth inning on Sunday, wrecking the rookie left-hander’s afternoon and sending the San Francisco Giants to a record-setting 5-2 defeat.
The loss drops the Giants to 38-62 — the club’s worst start after 100 games since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
The loss also continues the run of futility against San Diego, as the Giants are now 6-17 against the Padres dating back to the midway point of 2016. The Giants haven’t won a series against the Padres since last May.
“Some things are hard to explain,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
“I wish I could,” Bochy continued. “For some reason our starters just have not had very many good starts against theses guys. They have a little power and they’ve hit their share of home runs between [Wil] Myers and [Hector] Sanchez [who’s] killed us.”
Even with the fourth-inning onslaught, Blach still worked seven frames, scattering eight hits and striking out a season-high seven Padres, while letting in five runs.
“You take that inning away, you can’t take it away obviously, but he throws a nice game,” Bochy said.“It just got away from him there. He left some pitches up there in the fourth. [It was] similar to what Matt [Moore] did yesterday and, unfortunately, we couldn’t overcome it.”
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San Diego didn’t waste any time jumping out to a lead as Myers, third batter of the game, boomed a solo home run into the left-field bleachers.
For Myers, the home run was No. 20 on the season — the fifth of which has come at AT&T Park. Along with noted Giants nemesis Nolan Arenado, Myers is one just two opponents to hit five home runs in a season at AT&T.
Half an inning later, Buster Posey briefly pulled the Giants even, lining a run-scoring single into the right-field corner.
The Padres grabbed the lead for good in the top of the fourth — courtesy of the aforementioned four-run barrage. Jabari Blash opened the rally with a two-run double before Sanchez, the one-time Giant, continued to terrorize his old club.
The Padres backstop collected an RBI double, and after going 2-for-4, is now hitting .391 (9-for-23) against the Giants.
“I felt like I gave up the homer in the first and was able to bounce back there until the fourth and then just a couple of bad pitches there,” Blach explained. “They kind of ambushed me early in counts and I didn’t make quality enough pitches early on and they took advantage.”
Cory Spangenberg supplied a fourth run, lining an RBI single to center.
“It’s frustrating when you’re rolling like that and then you just can’t make adjustments quick enough,” Blach said. “And they take advantage in just a couple of pitches and you look up and they scored several runs.”
Aside from Posey’s first-inning single, The Giants only other run came in the bottom half of the fourth, as Gorkys Hernandez brought home Miguel Gomez with a single to left.
On the day, Padres rookie Dinelson Lamet — and a trio of relievers — dominated the core of the lineup, holding Posey to a 1-for-4 performance as Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence all went 0-for-4.