By Liz Alper
Photo: Padres line up for the anthem. Courtesy @Padres on Twitter
April 27, 2016 (San Francisco) - The song says that if you go to San Francisco, remember to wear a flower in your hair. The Padres replaced their flowers with black wreaths.
Andrew Cashner started for San Diego against the Giants’ Jeff Samardzija. The Giants started the Padre-killing in the first with Brandon Belt’s sacrifice fly to drive home Denard Span for a 1-0 lead. Brandon Crawford hit another sac fly to score Joe Panik and make the score 2-0 Giants. All of it was capped off by Hunter Pence’s triple that scored Matt Duffy and made the score 3-0.
The Padres came back a little bit in the third when Jemile Weeks tripled and scored Alexei Ramirez, making the score 3-1. Andrew Cashner grounded out to score Weeks and suddenly, the Giants’ lead was one at 3-2. Then up to the plate stepped Matt Kemp. He blasted a two-run homer and the Padres took a one run lead, 4-3.
The Giant-killing didn’t last long. Belt hit a double in the Giants’ half of the third and scored Duffy to tie the game at four. Jeff Samardzija singled and scored two and the Giants reclaimed the lead, 6-4.
The pain continued in the fourth as Michael Kirkman took the mound and gave up a triple to Belt to drive in two runs and give the Giants a 8-4 lead. Pence singled and scored Belt and the Giants led 9-4. Trevor Brown singled and scored Pence and the Giants went to double digits. 10-4.
In the fifth, the Giants weren't done yet. Joe Panik doubled and scored Span and the Giants went up 11-4. Belt singled and scored Panik to make the score 12-4 Giants.
Brett Wallace got a run back for the Padres in the sixth on his double that drove in Wil Myers and cut the Giants’ lead to seven at 12-5.
Gregor Blanco singled in the Giants’ half of the sixth and San Fran went up 13-5.
In the seventh, Myers hit a much-needed three run homer to cut the Giants’ lead to five, 13-8.
The Padres tried to start a rally in the ninth with Adam Rosales’ solo homer that cut the Giants’ lead to 13-9, but that rally would be nonexistent. The Padres lose 13-9 and are swept by the Giants.
The Padres get a day off tomorrow before heading to LA to face the Dodgers on Friday.