Giants waste homers from Longoria, McCutchen in loss to Padres
Giants drop second straight
SAN DIEGO — The Giants will have to wait a bit longer to finally take a series.
They lost 5-4 to the Padres on Saturday, so the best they can do is salvage their fourth split of the season with a win in Sunday's finale.
The visiting dugout at Petco Park is in clear sight of cameras and the press box, so you could see the Giants go through a range of emotions throughout. Derek Holland was roughed up in the first, settled down, and then got pulled in the fifth. Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen homered, but the rallies proved short-lived. Reyes Moronta and Cory Gearrin had big moments out of the bullpen, but then Gearrin gave up the go-ahead two-run homer. It all added up to a second straight loss.
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Longoria hit it a long way
— Longoria’s homer left the bat at 110.4 mph. Per Baseball Savant, it was the hardest-hit homer of the year for the Giants, surpassing Pablo Sandoval’s 108 mph shot against Felix Hernandez. The ball was by far the hardest one Longoria has hit this year. His previous high exit velocity was 103.7 mph.
Cutch hits second homer
— McCutchen joined Longoria in the upper deck at Petco Park with a 427-foot blast in the fifth. The ball was hit 108.6 mph. McCutchen, like Longoria, has two homers this season.
Trouble in the field
— It wasn’t all good for Longoria. He bobbled a routine grounder to third in the third, allowing Hunter Renfroe to reach. It was the third error in 13 games for Longoria, who won the Gold Glove Award last season while making just 12 in 142 starts.
— The Giants didn’t have a triple in their first 13 games, but Brandon Crawford got them on the board with a three-bagger into the right field corner in the fourth. Joe Panik had a triple with one out in the seventh and tried to tag up on McCutchen’s liner to right. He was thrown out on a play that held up under review.
A steal for the Giants
— It continues to make zero sense that Tony Watson had to wait until the middle of February to sign with a team. He came on in the seventh with a runner on and the Padres quickly loaded the bases on a single to right and bunt single. Watson struck out Matt Szczur and A.J. Ellis before getting Carlos Asuaje to line out. He hasn’t given up a run this year.