ICYMI: Six-run eighth not enough in finale
The Friars endured a heartbreaking 13-8 loss against the Giants during Thursday afternoon's series finale. Although they were unable to leave AT&T Park with a victory, they did go down swinging with a rally that plated eight runs in two innings in a true testament to the team's efforts in never giving up. Of those eight runs, six were scored in the eighth inning, when the Padres sent 11 batters to the plate and pounded out seven hits off of three Giants pitchers. San Diego had been trailing, 7-0, at one point in the game, and was down, 9-2, just prior to the team's offensive eruption. Unfortunately, the Padres' bullpen wasn't able to keep it close and surrendered a handful of runs.
James Shields had an uncharacteristic outing, surrendering seven earned runs on nine hits in four innings. San Diego had only collected three hits without any run production prior to the seventh inning. Matt Kemp highlighted the Padres' eighth-inning rally with a two-run home run into center field while Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-2 with an RBI in that frame. Alexi Amarista also enjoyed a multihit game, while the team got RBI production from Clint Barmes, Brett Wallace and Will Middlebrooks.
In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories you may not have seen from Thursday:
Padres postgame recap: Padres' rally falls just short in series finale
Middlebrooks' RBI triple puts the Padres on the boardVideo: SD@SF: Middlebrooks hits an RBI triple to center
Amarista rips an RBI single to plate MiddlebrooksVideo: SD@SF: Amarista hits an RBI single into right field
Kemp launches his 5th home run of the seasonVideo: SD@SF: Kemp hits a two-run homer to center field
Friars score six runs in huge 8th inning rallyVideo: SD@SF: Padres tally six runs to cut deficit to one
Padres prospect to take hill in Cincinnati: Rea among rising stars at Futures Game
'Never say never' Friars impress skipper: Murphy encouraged by Padres' heart with late rally
Moneyball in full swing for San Diego draft class: Padres get creative in slicing up Draft money
Friar Forecast: Ross takes ball as Padres head home to face D-backs
Friday's probable pitchers: Tyson Ross (4-7, 3.61 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (2-2, 1.78 ERA)