In the first inning the San Francisco Giants (54-42) welcomed their guest to the Bay Area by putting up a four spot and burying them early.
With shovel in hand, Brandon Crawford singled to left field to score the third and fourth run of the inning to take a 4-0 lead over the San Diego Padres (41-56).
It took the Padres four innings to score their first of the game against Giant starter Ryan Vogelsong (8-4). He allowed five runners on base in the first three innings, but only one reached second –which was a fielders choice that ended up as an error. The fourth inning run came off of a Yonder Alonso sacrifice fly that scored Mark Kotsay.
Clayton Richard (7-11 despite the rough first inning, threw a pretty good game all things considered. After getting through the first, Richard retired the Giants in order in the next three innings. He recorded ten straight outs. However trouble was looming.
Ryan Theriot broke up the streak by singling with one out in the fifth. He preceded to steal second very easily, and advanced to third on a single by Melky Cabrera. With runners on first and third, Buster Posey hit a shot that just cleared the right field wall for the three run home run. It was Posey’s 13th home run of the season.
The three spot was more than enough. Vogelsong entered the sixth inning and quickly retired the side in order.
Crawford came up with a big hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, but was ‘called back’ when the first base umpire declared that he missed first base. Replay showed that Crawford did step on the bag on his way to second.
But it all ended up not really mattering.
The Giants continue their series against the Padres Tuesday night. Madison Bumgarner (11-6) will toe the mound, he will face San Diego pitcher Edinson Volquez (6-7).