SAN FRANCISCO--The San Francisco Giants are running out of things they can count on in the wake of another unsettling drubbing by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
The Giants had been unbeaten in seven Tim Hudson starts at AT&T Park, but the Padres rudely ended that run with a 7-2 victory in which they rapped out nine hits against the veteran right-hander and knocked him out of the game after 5 2/3 innings.
It's looking like the Giants can't count on the comforts of AT&T Park much anymore, either. Over the first two months, the Giants were dominant in their home yard at 22-9, but with this latest dispiriting defeat that shrunk their lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers to three games in the National League West, they have lost five straight and eight of nine at home.
If those developments weren't grim enough, the Giants were subdued by a Padres rookie pitcher for a second straight night. Following up the seven shutout innings of Odrisamer Despaigne in his major league debut on Monday night, 22-year-old right-hander Jesse Hahn--making just his fourth major league start--retired the first 12 Giants he faced over the first four innings, and by the time the hosts managed their first hit, San Diego had already built a 3-0 lead.
The Padres touched Hudson for a run in the third inning and two more in the fifth. Cameron Maybin opened the third with a single to right, and No. 8 hitter Alexi Amarista followed with a single to center that advanced Maybin to third. Will Venable's sacrifice fly to right scored Maybin.
Jake Goebbert singled to right to open the fifth, and on a Maybin grounder to third, rookie second baseman Joe Panik couldn't handle Pablo Sandoval's low throw to second. Amarista, who had three hits, doubled down the right field line to score Goebbert, and Will Venable's groundout to first base scored Maybin.
The Giants finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth against Hahn when Sandoval singled to left, Michael Morse lined a hit to right, and Tyler Colvin's groundout to second scored Sandoval. But that's all they would get, as Brandon Crawford struck out for the second out, and after a Panik walk, Hudson grounded out to second.
San Diego put it away in the sixth, however, and knocked out Hudson in the process. Seth Smith and Chase Headley opened the rally with back-to-back singles to left. Yasmani Grandal hit a ball off the center field fence, but outfielder Gregor Blanco made a strong relay throw to Crawford, who wheeled and threw Smith out at the plate.
The runners advanced to second and third on the play, and after Hudson hit Goebbert with a pitch to load the bases, a Maybin infield single scored one run, and a subsequent Amarista hit to right drove home two more.
Hudson pitched just 5 2/3 innings and surrendered nine hits and two walks while striking out four. Four of the six runs scored against him were earned. The Giants' other run came in the sixth on a Buster Posey RBI double that scored Gregor Blanco, who had singled to lead off the inning.
San Diego capped its scoring when Tommy Medica, a Santa Clara University product out of Bellarmine College Prep, slammed a pinch-hit solo homer against Javier Lopez in the eighth.
--Angel Pagan took early batting practice and seemed to be swinging with a lot more authority than he did Monday night. But Pagan flung his bat in frustration at the end of his session, and manager Bruce Bochy was nebulous about Pagan's status in his pre-game media session.
"I'll have talk to you later about him after we get him checked out and evaluated (by the team trainers)," Bochy said. "We're hoping (he'll be back) real soon, but we're probably going to have to make a call here in the next day or so."
Pagan missed his eighth consecutive game, and he is closing in on the limit of number of days a disabled list assignment can be made retroactive without having to add more time to it.
--It looks like Thursday will be the target day for the start of Brandon Belt's rehab with Class A San Jose. He'll D.H. the first couple of days and continue to work on his throwing on the side. That's essentially the last box to be checked in Belt's full baseball activity recovery.
--Marco Scutaro played three innings at second base in his first rehab appearance for the Giants' Arizona Rookie League and went 0 for 2 with a ground out and a line out.
--Left-handed pitching prospect Edwin Escobar will be the Giants' representative in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field. The 22-year-old Escobar, who will pitch for the World team, is 3-6 with a 5.31 ERA for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.
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