Before his start against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Matt Moore submitted three-straight quality starts. The San Francisco Giants starter’s quest for a fourth ended in the fourth inning
Jabari Blash led off the frame with a 415-foot blast and Manuel Margot added three more runs to Moore’s line.
The Giants went on to lose, 6-3.
“I think as a staff we’ve been throwing the ball pretty well. Didn’t feel like I gave us much a chance to win tonight,” Moore told reporters.
Moore has battled control issues all season, most of which he’s carried the worst ERA in the National League. But he’s limited the number of walks he’s issued in most of his eight outings in which he’s allowed five earned runs or more. Against the Padres, he issued just one free pass.
“Moore was throwing fine, and that inning he just left some balls up,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after the game. “He started with a hanging changeup and I don’t know if that caused him to lose some concentration.”
After completing five innings and 82 pitches, Moore was pulled for a pinch hitter.
The Padres’ starter, Luis Perdomo, had the opposite trajectory to his outing: He began in trouble and settled in later.
The Giants started the game with a pair of singles, before Jarrett Parker grounded into a double play. In the second, they were able to push a couple of scores across thanks to a couple of errors by third baseman Cory Spangenberg and a Denard Span double.
But after that, Perdomo scattered a couple of hits.
“Those first couple innings came back to haunt us by not putting runs on the board,” Bochy said.
The silver lining for the Giants’ 81st loss of the season was Joe Panik, who hit another home run. Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 25, the second baseman is 5-for-14 with a pair of bombs and a double. Span finished the game 3-for-5