Fourth-place Padres blow out Samardzija, Giants to clinch series

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

Matt Moore (3-9) will go for the Giants.

Samardzija's 10 losses are tied for the most in the National League, but the 32-year-old actually served as the Giants' most reliable starter in the first half.

Nunez returned to the Giants' on Friday night after spending almost a month on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, while Cueto was placed on the disabled list Saturday afternoon after blister issues that have caused him trouble throughout the 2017 season cropped up again during a short outing in the Giants-Padres series opener. The Indiana native has won two of his last three outings while posting a 15-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio over that stretch. The Padres hit two separate three run home runs to get out to the early lead. His home run was a solo shot in the third inning of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. He earned a World Series championship ring with the 2016 Cubs and was traded May 8 to the San Diego Padres. He batted eighth and played center field.

Of Sanchez's five home runs this season, three have come against the Giants (two in the ninth inning of games), and another has come against former San Francisco reliever Sergio Romo.

Samardzija ultimately settled down and retired the final seven hitters he faced to close out his outing, but the type of start he suffered through on Sunday has become all too familiar for a pitcher who's finding the strike zone at an alarming rate. Wil Myers is hitless in 13 at-bats against Samardzija, who is 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 13 career games (11 starts) against the Padres - including 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA in six appearances (five starts) at Petco Park.

Brandon Crawford had an RBI double in the second inning, continuing his mini hot streak.

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