After what some refer to as the All Star game, and what I refer to as the mid-summer time period in which there is no meaningful baseball, the Giants returned to action tonight in a losing effort against the Padres. Well, action is a bad choice of words here. Inaction is more like it.
Andrew Cashner was on the mound for the Padres in one of their awful baby-poop colored uniforms. Did they forget that they got rid of those for a very good reason? You will read about how good he was. I think that the story is more about how the Giants were there in body, but not spirit. They were asleep or maybe still on break. At least, that's what the energy level they were displaying looked like. So the Giants lost 4 - 1 and looked pretty bad against the team they have beaten all season.
Madison Bumgarner was on the mound for the Giants, and he was part of the problem. He gave up a run in the 1st, which the Giants matched in the top of the 2nd thanks to back-to-back hits from Brandon Crawford and Conor Gillaspie. Then he gave up another run in the 3rd, then a couple of solo shots on fat pitches in subsequent innings. Maddys' line: 6 IP, 4 runs, all earned, 7 hits, 1 BB, 9 K. Meanwhile, the Giants got 1 hit after that 2nd inning. At least Mac Williamson got it on his birthday. The umpire's strike zone was terrible. He seemed to think Brandon Belt, in particular, had a strike zone at least twice as big as any other human. Brandon Belt struck out as often as Buster Posey grounded out (4 x each). All Stars. Belt got thrown out (a first for him!) as did Bochy. At least that was something.
In the 9th inning, Yangervis Solarte, the Puds 3rd baseman, made the 1st out of the inning with a catch of a Angel Pagan foul ball which sent him tumbling over the rail. Here is a replay, but not of the best part. Solarte came up with the ball and it was covered with nacho cheese. Inside the glove. Someone find this and post a link in the comments, please. So if he did not drop the ball, exactly how did that nacho cheese get all over it? As with the strike zone though, it wouldn't have mattered. Someone leave a wake-up call for the team tomorrow, OK?