I thought Matt Cain would be the one to step up and get the Giants a win - he just seems like the kind of guy to do just such a thing. But he threw a couple of meatballs and then the relief threw a couple more and the Giants blew yet another one.
Tonight it wasn't so much a "blown opportunity" as much as they never got an opportunity to blow. Jouhlys Chacin pitched for the Padres, and the Giants struggled to get a hit. Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner also struggled. He threw 20 pitches in the first inning, hit the first batter, who scored, and then didn't look much more comfortable after that. He gave up another one in the 2nd, but, with much effort, held the game at 2 - 0 and gave the Giants 8 innings (114 pitches, 5 K, 6 hits and 2 BB).
Chacin gave up only 3 hits, and the Giants only got 2 more after he departed after 6 1/3. That was in the 9th against San Diego's closer, Ryan Buchter, when Brandon Crawford knocked in Buster Posey from 2nd for the Giants only run. Padres win, 2 - 1.
Who are these guys? They have a bunch of unfamiliar names, but they play like they have nothing to lose. It is discouraging to have to find positives in yet another loss, but Madison gave us 8 innings, which is useful, because they have to go twice more through the rotation before they get a day off. Defense was good. Remember last year? The Giants got off to a 5 - 2 start after their first 7 games, including 4 against LA. They proceeded to take first and then played like shit for much of the summer, stumbling into the playoffs. Maybe they will do the opposite, pick themselves up and storm through the summer, cruising to a first place NL West spot. Ah, well........anyway, Kershaw got beat by the Rockies.