San Francisco Giants 3 Up, 3 Down: Hosting San Diego for 4

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 20: Gorkys Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 20: Gorkys Hernandez /
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The San Francisco Giants continue their dismal season, dropping three of four to the San Diego Padres. Here’s 3 Up, 3 Down from the series.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 20: Gorkys Hernandez /

1 – Nunez’s Hot Streak

Potentially playing as an audition for a trade in the coming week, Eduardo Nunez had a very strong series against the Padres. In four games, Nunez picked up eight hits in 19 at-bats and drove in three runs. On Saturday, he came up with a big hit on the fourth inning, driving in two runs with a single to erase a two-run deficit and bring the score back to even.

Nunez has been one of the Giants’ only consistent offensive threats this season. He’s raised his average to .305 on the year, backing up his first All-Star campaign with another great year. His time on the Giants may be nearing its end, but he has been a pleasant surprise to a season that hasn’t had very many.

2 – Gorked

Over the past two months, Gorkys Hernandez has quietly been a consistent player for the Giants. Hernandez had at least one hit in each game against San Diego, and went 6-16 with a double, three walks, three runs scored, and an RBI.

In 36 games since June started, Hernandez owns a mighty fine .330/.402/.407 slash-line, and has played much better defense at the same time. While Hernandez is not the starting outfielder of the future, he has become a serviceable player that isn’t a blackhole in the lineup. In a season like this, that’s pretty much a positive.

3 – Crick

Kyle Crick has put together some strong outings in his short big league career, and he threw 3.1 solid innings against the Padres. 10 games into his MLB career, Crick owns a 2.25 ERA and 1.083 WHIP in 12 innings. He has also limited the walks, issuing four in 12 innings. Those are all promising signs for a young pitcher who has had a long road to get to the big leagues.