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What we learned as Giants drop second straight to Padres

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Another night of missed opportunities at the plate cost the Giants any chance to win this litmus test series at Petco Park. 

The Giants struck out 12 more times while losing 6-2 to the San Diego Padres and have whiffed 28 times in two games, many of them coming in big spots. They've dropped both games and will send Kevin Gausman to the mound Sunday hoping to avoid a sweep.

The Giants (16-11) trailed 3-0 after one thanks to Manny Machado's homer to left, but they chipped away, even as they continued to waste good opportunities. It was a one-run game heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Jurickson Profar turned on a 99 mph fastball from Camilo Doval -- his second-fastest pitch in the big leagues so far -- to pad the lead. 

Doval left with two on, and after a double-steal, Jose Alvarez gave up a two-run single to Jake Cronenworth. Three runs were charged to Doval, who had allowed just one in his first five appearances. 

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Much Better Than It Looked

The box score doesn't say Anthony DeSclafani matched his April dominance, but he really did, with the exception of one pitch. DeSclafani gave up a leadoff single in the first and then walked Fernando Tatis Jr. on four pitches as he battled serious command issues. He hung a curveball to Machado and gave up a three-run homer before recording his first out. 

After that, the Padres had one hit. 

DeSclafani settled in and got through six innings on just 76 pitches. He needed just five to record three outs in the bottom of the sixth, but his spot came up in the top of the seventh and manager Gabe Kapler took his shot with pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella, who struck out. Disco has a 2.00 ERA through six Giants starts. 

 

Finally On The Board

There wasn't anyone in the clubhouse who wanted the calendar to change more than Mauricio Dubon. He hit just .188 in April and slugged .250, losing his grip on the center field job. But May is already going better. 

Dubon hit a no-doubter to left in the top of the fifth and showed off one of the better bat drops in recent Giant history:

The homer was the first of the year for Dubon, who consistently earned praise from manager Gabe Kapler in the spring. He's a key player right now, with starting shortstop Brandon Crawford fighting a bruised calf. 

Leaving Them Loaded

The Giants twice loaded the bases in the final three innings of Friday's loss and managed just one run, and that came on a double play.

They loaded the bases again in the fourth inning Saturday but Wilmer Flores hit into a double play to end the threat. An inning later, they loaded them again, but Blake Snell struck out Brandon Belt with his final pitch.