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Stratton's strong outing marred by mistakes

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey made a play during Friday night's sixth inning that was worth replaying among the evening's highlights. Unfortunately for the Giants, Chris Stratton gave Posey's defensive gem a sneak preview of sorts during live action. Stratton the spectator ultimately negated the best efforts of Stratton the pitcher as San Diego outlasted the Giants, 6-2, at AT&T Park.

Starting at first base, Posey plunged to his right and reached up in mid-dive to snare Jose Pirela's ground ball. Stratton hesitated just an instant before sprinting to cover first. Pirela initially was declared out, but a replay review requested by the Padres overturned the call.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey made a play during Friday night's sixth inning that was worth replaying among the evening's highlights. Unfortunately for the Giants, Chris Stratton gave Posey's defensive gem a sneak preview of sorts during live action. Stratton the spectator ultimately negated the best efforts of Stratton the pitcher as San Diego outlasted the Giants, 6-2, at AT&T Park.

Starting at first base, Posey plunged to his right and reached up in mid-dive to snare Jose Pirela's ground ball. Stratton hesitated just an instant before sprinting to cover first. Pirela initially was declared out, but a replay review requested by the Padres overturned the call.

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The Padres proceeded to score twice, breaking a 1-1 tie. A three-run uprising in the ninth inning, featuring Eric Hosmer's two-run single off Will Smith, made the score deceptively lopsided.

Video: SD@SF: Spangenberg reaches first after review

The Padres' surge began with Stratton's tardy dash toward first.

"That came back to haunt him," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who described the right-hander as being a "little bit" late.

Stratton fully understood what he had done. Or didn't do.

"You just can't be late," he said. "You create the big inning and it ended up losing the game. ... That was on me."

Pitchers work almost daily during Spring Training to avoid such mistakes. They're taught to break from the mound when a grounder is hit to the right side, even if it appears foul.

"We practice it all the time," Stratton said. "We preach it."

Video: SD@SF: Stratton K's 3 over 6 innings of 2-run ball

Other Giants fundamentals were ignored. The club learns to believe that, with its pitching, scoring four runs will usually be enough to win a game at AT&T Park. In fact, the Giants are currently averaging close to five runs per game at home. This time, however, they mustered five hits against Padres starter Clayton Richard and five relievers.

SOUND SMART
Shortstop Brandon Crawford is hitless in his last 18 at-bats, the third-longest hitless streak of his career (others: 20 at-bats, April 9-15, 2015; 21 at-bats, June 26-July 3, 2013). 

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Mistakes add up: Catcher Nick Hundley's throwing error, which accompanied Stratton's wild pitch, also helped the Padres in the sixth inning. Cory Spangenberg scored on the sequence and Freddy Galvis dashed from first to third, moving him into scoring position for Manuel Margot's single.

"[Hundley] just yanked the throw a little bit to the left," Bochy said.

Video: SD@SF: Spangenberg crosses the dish on a wild throw

UP NEXT
Left-hander Andrew Suarez, scheduled to start Saturday's 1:05 p.m. rematch for the Giants against San Diego, has established himself as a top-notch strike-thrower in less than half a season in the Majors. In 59 1/3 innings, Suarez has struck out 57 and walked just 12. However, the Giants are 3-8 in Suarez's starts. He'll be opposed by right-hander Jordan Lyles, who went scoreless in 10 of 13 relief appearances before joining the Padres rotation.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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