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Lost In Translation: Padres Lose Again To Giants

Miscommunication on Pop-Up Gives Win To San Francisco

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    Lost In Translation: Padres Lose Again To Giants
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 23: Matt Kemp #27 of the San Diego Padres dives but can't make the catch of this ball that goes for the winning rbi single off the bat of pitch-hitter Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning at AT&T Park on May 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    The Padres just cannot seem to solve the riddle that is the San Francisco Giants. 

    Or Johnny Cueto for that matter.

    San Diego fell to 0-7 against the Giants this year after a shocking 1-0 loss at AT&T Park Monday night.

    A seemingly harmless pop-up by Hunter Pence with two outs in the 9th inning should have sent a scoreless contest into extra innings.

    Instead there was a miscommunication between Matt Kemp and second baseman Alexei Amarista and the ball dropped in safely after Kemp attempted a late dive but could not make the catch. 

    Brandon Belt provided the winning – and only – run of the ball game by hustling around from first base on the bizarre play.

    Drew Pomeranz was stellar for the Friars. The lefty pitched 7 shutout innings and only allowed 2 hits but received a no-decision.

    Cueto also only gave up 2 hits but did so over 9 innings of work and punched out 6 batters during his latest complete game masterpiece. 

    With the exception of a Matt Kemp single and a base hit by Alexei Amarista, the San Diego offense was non-existent. 

    It’s the unfortunate theme of this season: The Padres keep getting shutout. This latest setback means San Diego has been blanked a ridiculous 10 times in its first 37 games.

    Wrap your head around this one: Cueto has already beaten the Padres three times this season – and in each victory he has gone the distance. He has silenced the Padres to one single run over an eye-popping 27 innings.

    But this time the pitcher’s duel by the bay wound up being decided by a miscommunication in right field.

    The Padres will try to snap their 7-game skid against the Giants Tuesday when they send Andrew Cashner to the mound against Jeff Samardzija.