SAN FRANCISCO -- William Myers started the Padres' sixth-inning rally with a single. Nine batters later, he added a rather loud exclamation point.The slugging first baseman capped an eight-run frame with a three-run missile deep into the left-field seats, as the Padres beat the Giants, 12-4, on Saturday night. In
SAN FRANCISCO -- William Myers started the Padres' sixth-inning rally with a single. Nine batters later, he added a rather loud exclamation point.
The slugging first baseman capped an eight-run frame with a three-run missile deep into the left-field seats, as the Padres beat the Giants, 12-4, on Saturday night. In their highest scoring game at AT&T Park, the Friars also recorded their most prolific inning since they scored eight times in the eighth on May 1, 2015, against Colorado.
San Diego quickly erased a two-run sixth-inning deficit thanks to a series of bloops, walks and seeing-eye singles. But there was nothing cheap about Myers' blast -- a 433-foot shot that left his bat at 112 mph, according to Statcast™, and nearly reached the Coke bottle beyond the left-field seats at AT&T Park.
"That's all I got," said Myers. "That's my best bullet right there."
The struggling Giants bullpen spoiled another solid effort from right-hander Player Page for Matt Cain, who pitched one-run ball over five frames. In his past four starts, Cain has allowed just three runs in 23 innings.
"It feels good," said Cain. "It definitely feels good, but the biggest thing for me is not being complacent with it."
The Giants clawed one back in the bottom of the sixth. But an inning later, rookie Rule 5 pick Allen Cordoba put the game out of reach with a three-run tater of his own, the second home run of his career.
"It was one of the first games that really felt like a complete offensive performance," said Padres manager Andy Green.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Decisions, decisions: Giants manager Bruce Bochy called on Kelby Tomlinson to pinch-hit for Cain in the bottom of the fifth. That move paid off in the short term, with Tomlinson's single serving as part of a three-run rally to put San Francisco on top, 3-1. Of course, it also meant the Padres had gotten into the Giants' shaky bullpen, and they capitalized with 11 runs in the next two innings against relievers Chris Stratton and Neil Ramirez.
"We just couldn't get three outs in the sixth inning," Bochy said. "It's tough when your two guys you look at to give you length, they both struggled tonight. That makes it tough because we were trying to give some guys the day off."
Happy returns: During the sixth-inning barrage, Green had to make a similar decision of his own, lifting Jhoulys Chacin for pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez. The former Giant worked a pivotal eight-pitch walk with the bases loaded, putting the Padres on top for good and opening the floodgates.
"Sanchez's at-bat to get the walk was incredible," said Myers. "That whole inning was great. Top to bottom, everybody had great at-bats. That's the mark of a good offense and a good team."
Sanchez's walk helped make a winner out of Chacin, who allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out six.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Not only were the 12 runs by San Diego the most the Padres have scored at AT&T Park but they were also the most by the Friars have scored in San Francisco since they put up 15 at Candlestick Park on July 2, 1995.
"He keeps taking swings like that, he'll force more and more opportunities for himself. He's had some starts, he's been really good off the bench, any time we've asked him to pinch-hit or go in for defense. ... Proud of his development over the last couple weeks. He's going to get some opportunities ahead." -- Green on Cordoba
Padres:Clayton Richard, whose 65 percent ground-ball rate is second in the National League this season, will start Sunday's finale in San Francisco. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. PT. The veteran southpaw is coming off his worst start of the season, in which he allowed six runs over 3 2/3 frames in Arizona.
Giants:Ty Blach makes his second consecutive start in place of injured ace Madison Bumgarner after opening the season in the bullpen. The Giants are 1-7 this season when the left-hander pitches.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Saturday.