Sep 2, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) after striking out against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Struggle With Runners In Scoring Position, Lose to Padres

Spoiled opportunities did the Giants in on Tuesday night, as the Padres held on to beat San Francisco by a final of 3-2.

The Giants went an alarming 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They left 10 runners on base. They left seven on base with runners in scoring position and two outs. It was a frustrating night for an offense that’s had a hard time producing runs, especially behind Madison Bumgarner, who logged six innings of two-run ball.

Bumgarner surrendered five hits, walked two and struck out six. After yielding an RBI double to Nick Hundley and an RBI single to the pitcher Robbie Erlin, Bumgarner left down 0-2. A pair of singles off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Joaquin Arias knotted the score at 2-2, and Bumgarner pitched the sixth.

Angel Pagan led off the seventh with a triple, but it went to waste. Tony Abreu popped out, Brandon Belt flied out to center and Hector Sanchez, replacing Buster Posey, who left with a hand/finger injury on his throwing hand, struck out swinging.

Heath Hembree, making his major league debut, struck out two in the eighth inning. He made quick work of Alexi Amarista before mixing in a few sliders and nicely located fastballs to tie up Kyle Blanks and Logan Forsythe.

A ninth-inning rally, highlighted by Brandon Belt’s two-out double, came to a halt when Sanchez softly grounded out.

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