Giants Waste Another Quality Start, Fall to Padres

Tim Hudson made history on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough for the meager Giants offense, as San Francisco fell to the San Diego Padres 3-1.

The Padres drew first blood against Hudson, and San Francisco couldn’t recover. Seth Smith led off the bottom of the second and with two outs Yonder Alonso singled him home, giving San Diego a quick 1-0 lead against Hudson.

For the third straight game, San Francisco managed to score just a single run. On Saturday night it came off the bat of Michael Morse, as he launched his third home run of the season over the fence in center field to lead off the top of the fifth.

But the Padres tacked on another run in the fifth when Alexi Amarista led off with a single and sped into second on a throwing error by Hudson. Everth Cabrera tripled home Amarista to give San Diego back the lead, and it would be enough to get Eric Stults his first win of the year. The left-hander tossed six innings of three-hit baseball. He allowed just one run, no walks, and struck out two on 85 pitches (62 strikes).

On the other side of the rubber, Hudson was brilliant for San Francisco. For the fourth start in a row, he threw at least seven innings without allowing a walk. He became just the second player in 80 years to accomplish such a feat (per Alex Pavlovic). Hudson also set a Giants franchise record by tossing 30 straight innings to start a season without giving up a walk. With his 93 pitches against the Padres, he allowed eight hits, two runs, and struck out four. Though he was the hard-luck loser on Saturday, he’s 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 2014.

San Diego added an insurance run in the eighth inning. With David Huff pitching, Will Venable doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on a Tasmani Grandal fly out, and came home on a suicide squeeze by Chris Denorfia, sealing the victory for the Padres who are now .500 on the season (9-9).

With their third loss in a row, the Giants fell to 10-8 and are now a game behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ll look to salvage a game in this series on Sunday afternoon when Tim Lincecum will look to get his first win of the season against Robbie Erlin.