Takeaways from the Padres’ 6-5 loss to the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO– Nick Hundley lined a walk-off two run single off Brad Hand in the ninth inning, propelling the Giants to a 6-5 comeback win over the Padres.

The Giants improved to 15-14 while the Padres fell to 10-20.

Takeaways 

Hand falters in the ninth

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Brad Hand was brought on to attempt a five out save.

He could only record four.

With two outs, Nick Hundley lined a walk-off two-run single in the ninth, capping a three-run inning from the Giants to secure the victory.

Hand was clearly struggling with his command from the start of his outing, leaving many pitches up in the strike zone. He got away with a few of them but it eventually caught up with the closer.

The result was a difficult loss for the visitors.

Eric Lauer rebounds from tough first inning 

Six batters in to Eric Lauer’s outing, four batters had recorded hits and three runs had been pushed across. At the time, it certainly did not seem like the 22-year-old would last too long in his second MLB start.

However, the man who has a “low pulse” did not panic and allow the early damage to effect him. Following the rough first inning, Lauer threw four scoreless frames. He ended up throwing five innings in total, giving up seven hits and the aforementioned three runs. He also struck out seven and nearly recorded his first big league win.

Lauer still did not have his “best” stuff per say, but tonight was definitely a step in the right direction. His next start is scheduled to be against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Mexico this weekend.

Franchy fever

Franchy Cordero continued his impressive play, recording his first two-walk game of the season. The left fielder went 2-3 with a double, stolen base, and run scored.

Speedy outfield

The Padres debuted an extremely fast outfield on Monday night; with Franchy Cordero in left, Manuel Margot in center, and Travis Jankowski in right. Each player recorded at least one hit, and Jankowski and Cordero swiped a bag.

With Wil Myers on the shelf and Jose Pirela looking comfortable at second base, Padres fans may see this outfield more in the next few weeks.

Put the ball in play

The Padres struck out only six times tonight against Giants pitching. They constantly put the ball in play and it played to their advantage in the sixth, when San Francisco’s dicey defense allowed the Padres to take the lead.

Putting pressure on the opposing defense is not something the Padres have done much this season. Even in the loss, the team did a good job of putting the ball in play.

Struggles with RISP

The Padres were only 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position tonight. Yesterday afternoon, they went 1-for-11 and stranded 11. They are still searching for that elusive big hit.