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Padres fizzle again, lose game, series to Giants in extra innings

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Balls continued to bounce off Padres gloves, and batting averages continued to drop as well.

The Padres came back to force extra innings Wednesday but lost for the third time in four games when they couldn’t answer the run the San Francisco Giants scored in the 10th inning.

The 3-2 defeat at Petco Park completed the season-opening seven-game homestand that had begun so spectacularly.

The Padres produced 19 runs in starting the season 3-0, only to score eight in the past four.

With a runner placed on second to start the 10th inning, the Giants scored with two fly balls. The Padres got their runner, Jurickson Profar, to third base on a groundout but could not drive him home. Jorge Mateo struck out and Tucupita Marcano flied out.

The Padres had four singles Wednesday before Wil Myers came to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning and sent a high fly ball into the left field seats to tie the game 2-2.

 

They had committed two errors and had one non-error help the Giants to their two runs.

Mateo, making his second career start in center field, ran a long way to make a sliding catch on a shallow fly ball for the first out of the second inning. But when the next batter, Darin Ruf, launched a long fly ball his way, Mateo went back and jumped in front of the fence and had the ball go off his glove and over the wall for a two-run homer.

Mateo was not charged with an error, but the Padres did commit a pair of miscues to move into the major league lead in that category.

Profar’s single with one out in the fifth inning was the Padres’ first hit by someone other than starting pitcher Blake Snell, whose single in the third inning was his first hit in 10 big-league at-bats.

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