Rule change haunts Giants comeback bid

Updated: Aug 7


SD 12 SF 7 The San Francisco Giants and the rest of Major League Baseball have approved of a new rule change for 2020. The rule puts a runner on 2nd base at the start of the 10th inning, this will eliminate extra-inning games to go longer and give each team a greater chance to win. Tonight was a different story for Giants fans. San Francisco trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the 5th inning, Mike Yastrzemski walked and Donovan Solano's single put him on 2nd as Brandon Belt walked to load the bases. Evan Longoria hit a sacrifice fly to get the Giants on the board, but that's the only run they got that inning. Mike Yastrzemski again walked to open up the bottom of the 7th after the Giants now trailed 6-1 and Alex Dickerson pushed him over to 2nd with a single. Donovan Solano doubled in Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt walked to load the bases again for Longoria, who struck out. Wilmer Flores pinch hit for Pablo Sandoval and knocked Dickerson in with a sacrifice fly and Austin Slater singled in Solano cutting into the 6-4 Padres lead. Steven Duggar led off the bottom of the 8th off with a single and then scored on a Mike Yastrzemski triple and then Donovan Solano tied the game with a sacrifice fly making it a 6-6 ballgame. After the Giants squandered 6 Padres run in the top of the 10th, they got Steven Duggar to come around the bases and score on an Alex Dickerson ground out. Duggar was placed on 2nd base at the bottom of the 10th to accommodate the new rule change for 2020. Giants starter Kevin Gausman pitched just 4 1/3 innings and allowed 3 runs off 6 hits with 8 strikeouts on the night. Donovan Solano had 4 hits (ties career-high and his 5th time) on the night including 3 doubles, His last 4 hit night was August 25, 2019, in Oakland and the last Giants player with 3+ doubles in a game was Buster Posey. Posey did it against the Padres on September 29. 2017 in an 8-0 win for the Giants. San Francisco was a miserable 2-16 with 13 men left in scoring position this evening. The San Diego Padres took advantage of the new extra-inning rule in a heartbeat. They jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after Ty France doubled and went to 3rd on a Francisco Mejia ground out; France scored on a wild pitch by Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman. Trent Graham tripled opening the top of the 4th and stayed put on an infield single by Manny Machado but then scored on a Tommy Pham single. Jurickson Profar also singled as Machado scored and the Padres went up 3-0. Pham doubled to lead off the top of the 6th as Profar unloaded on a ball deep to the left-field bleachers. pushing their lead to 5-1. Fernando Tatis Jr walked in the top of the 7th and stole 2nd base before scoring on a Trent Graham double putting the game out of reach at 6-1. The Padres bullpen again allowed the Giants to come all the way back and tie the game at 6-6 before Trent Graham was their runner on 2nd base to begin the top of the 10th inning. Manny Machado walked and Tommy Pham singled in Grisham to put San Diego up by a run on the first pitch he saw from Tyler Rogers. Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Greg Garcia, who singled in Machado and Pham extending the Padres lead to 9-6. Ty France singled in Profar and Austin Hedges hit a sacrifice fly to make the top of the 10th a big inning for the visiting Friars. Fernando Tatis Jr singled in France to cap off a wild top 10th inning and put the game well out of reach for the Giants at 12-6. San Diego starter Dinelson Lamet takes a no-decision going 5 innings of 1 run ball, allowing 4 hits while striking out 7 batters and walking 4 of them. Tommy Pham had 3 of the teams 14 hits on the night as 4 other Padres hitters had 2 each.

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