The Giants, despite an eighth inning two-run homer from Buster Posey to make the score 6-4, couldn’t salvage the series finale to the Padres, who picked up their first sweep since 2010.
San Diego smashed three home runs off of Ryan Vogelsong, who allowed five earned runs in five innings of work. The three home runs equaled a career-high for Vogelsong, whose season ERA now sits at 6.23 though five starts.
Chase Headley hit the Padres’ first homer of the game off Vogelsong with two outs in the first inning. Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer in the second inning. To cap off the home run derby, Alex Amarista hit a two-run homer in the four inning to give the Padres a 5-1 advantage.
With a worn out bullpen, manager Bruce Bochy allowed Vogelsong to go out for the sixth inning. But after he walked one and allowed a single, Bochy turned to Jose Mijares.
Mijares, one of the few relievers that didn’t pitch on Saturday night, induced a sacrifice bunt to advanced the runners. On Posey’s passed ball, Amarista scored to notch the score to 6-2.
San Francisco’s bats weren’t silent on Sunday, but they missed opportunities to chase Padres starter Jason Marquis from the game. For instance, Hunter Pence grounded into a double play in the third inning after doubling in the second inning.
The Giants went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and also left nine runners on base. Three runners were left in scoring position with two outs. And had Pablo Sandoval, who compiled a career-high four hits, not singled home the Giants’ second run of the game with a runner on second and two outs in the fifth inning, that number would’ve been four.
Andres Torres played a part in the Giants’ inability to get the big hit. Right-fielder Chris Denorfia robbed Torres of a two-out, game-tying base hit with a diving effort. This all came after Sandoval singled to lead off the inning and Posey clanked a line drive over the right field wall for his third homer of the year.