The encouraging signs Jeff Samardzija showed throughout May and June were nowhere to be found on Sunday in San Diego.
The San Diego Padres ambushed Samardzija with four first-inning runs and added a trio in the third en route to a 7-1 victory and a series win over the San Francisco Giants.
Samardzija showed the same frustrating profile that has been seen time and time again throughout his two years with the Giants and throughout his entire career.
He found the strike zone throughout the game, throwing 63 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He did not issue a walk and has allowed just one over his past five starts.
However, Samardzija frequently found too much of the plate, and he was punished for doing so. Hector Sanchez homered off his former team for the second time in as many days with a three-run homer in the first inning and Cory Spangenberg launched a three-run shot in the third to stretch the lead to 7-1.
Samardzija finished the day with the sort of line that has been constant throughout his time with the Giants. Over six innings, he allowed seven runs on nine hits despite striking out eight without walking a batter.
On the other side, Trevor Cahill bent but didn’t break for San Diego. He surrendered eight hits, including five doubles, over 6 2/3 innings, but allowed just one run on back-to-back doubles by Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford in the second inning.
San Francisco hitters went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, including 1-for-9 against Cahill.
Craig Stammen got Hunter Pence to ground out with men on second and third to end the seventh inning and erase any slim chances of a Giants comeback. Carlos Asuaje, one of San Diego’s bright young prospects, made a slick play on Pence’s sharp grounder to end the frame.
In the space of less than a year, the Padres have gone from being the Giants’ punching bag to a team with a bright young future, while the Giants seem to be on an endless landslide.