Game 161 and the San Francisco Giants (75-86) dropped game two of their final series against the San Diego Padres (76-85) with a score of 9-3 on Saturday.
Starting pitcher, Yusmeiro Petit (4-1, 3.56 ERA), suffered his first loss of the season as he went 3.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, two home runs, with two strikeouts. This also marked his shortest start of the season as well as the most runs he’s given up in an outing this year.
“He was throwing the ball well, I think the long inning caught up with him and the long at bat was the kicker,” said Giants’ Manager, Bruce Bochy, “He started making mistakes and that hurt as much as anything. In the end the long inning caught up with him.”
The bullpen was then called upon and was able to hold the game to 5-3 until the ninth inning when Bochy called upon reliever, Michael Kickham (0-3, 10.16 ERA). Kickham gave up four runs on six hits with one home run.
“We needed Kickham in as Casilla and Romo needed a day off,” Bochy said, “We are definitely going to see some rough spots with the young guys.”
When asked about the dramatic difference between the younger players, Bochy mentioned that we would see growing pains like we saw in today’s game with Kickham. The opposite of Kickham was outfielder Juan Perez, who recorded his eighth outfield assist in 210 innings and is now tied for the second-most assists among rookies in the National League.
Today wasn’t wasted for the Giants as they announced that they have reached an agreement with fan favorite and right fielder, Hunter Pence. Reports say that Pence agreed to a five a year, $90 million deal with the Giants pending a physical.
Pence has had a record setting year, hitting his 27th home run today, which is the most by a Giants player since Barry Bonds hit 28 in 2007. He also has started in 170-consecutive games, which is currently the longest streak in the National League and second in the Majors behind Detroit’s Prince Fielder (504).
It is expected that the Giants will formally announce the signing of Pence tomorrow morning once he has passed his physical.
Tomorrow, the Giants close the season at AT&T Park and will send 29-year-old right-hander, Guillermo Moscoso (2-2, 4.21 ERA) against the Padres’ Tyson Ross (3-8, 3.10 ERA).