Yusmeiro Petit’s season ended on a negative note, as the right-hander made it through just 3.2 innings and the Giants fell to the Padres 9-3.
Petit’s previous six starts resulted in a Giants win, but things transpired quickly on Saturday afternoon. On the second pitch of the game, Petit’s fastball was launched over the center field wall by Chris Denforia. Petit went on to retire 11 consecutive batters after handing the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Then he hit a wall.
A two-out rally quickly turned into four runs on six hits. Those six hits all came in a row, one of which was a two-run homer off the bat of Jesus Guzman. The pitcher Eric Stults made the score 5-3 with a single. Seconds later, Petit was removed in favor of George Kontos, who struck out Denorfia.
San Diego only built its lead from there on the strength of a four-run eighth inning. Michael Kickham was the victim, as the southpaw yielded four straight hits. Will Venable doubled with one out, and he scored on Denorfia’s ensuing single. Denorfia proceeded to swipe third base, which didn’t matter much, as Reymond Fuentes singled him in.
To cap Kickham’s disastrous inning, Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run, making it 9-3. Kickham wasn’t removed at any point. Instead, Bruce Bochy opted to let the young lefty work through a rough outing.
After reportedly signing a five-year deal with the Giants earlier in the day, Hunter Pence blasted a solo home run in the third inning, his 27th of the year. Pablo Sandoval knocked in a run too.