Giants blow shot to solidify playoff spot in walk-off loss to Pads

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Two outs away from solidifying their postseason aspirations with a doubleheader sweep of San Diego, the Giants saw their dreams turn to nightmares as the Padres got to Sam Coonrod for three runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss punctuated by a three-run walk-off home run by Trent Grisham.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. (R) is greeted at home plate by Trent Grisham following a his two-run home run in the night cap of the Padres doubleheader split in San Francisco. It was Tatis’ 16th homer of the year, moving him into a tie for second place in the National League with his teammate Manny Machado and two others.

Wilmer Flores gave San Francisco a 5-3 lead in the sixth with a three-run homer of his own, but with the Padres getting the last at bat as a result of technically being the home team due to the game being rescheduled following a false Covid scare in San Diego earlier in the month, the Giants suffered the indignity of losing a key game in the pennant race on a walk-off homer on their own field.

The loss dropped the Giants to 29-29 with just two games remaining. They still hold the eighth and final National League playoff spot, a game ahead of both the Brewers (28-30) and Phillies (28-30), but are in a precarious situation with little room for error as both teams own tie-breaking advantages over San Francisco.

The day started out better for the Giants in the opener as the team rode a fine six-inning effort from Tyler Anderson (4-3, 4.37) to score a 5-4 win. Mike Yastrzemski, in his first start in over a week, launched a two-run homer into McCovey Cove to highlight a four-run fourth inning that gave San Francisco a 5-1 lead. Flores and Brandon Crawford also launched solo shots for the Giants.

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Brandon Crawford launches a second inning home run to help give the Giants a 5-4 win in the opener game of a doubleheader with the San Diego Padres.

It got interesting when Tony Watson replaced Anderson after Jurickson Profar opened the seventh with a ground-rule double, as San Diego closed the gap to a run with the tying run on base, but the deliver settled down to retire Will Myers and Austin Nola to end the game.

The teams will face-off again Saturday at 6:15pm, two hours after the start of both the Brewers and Phillies games. Zach Davies (7-4, 2.85) is scheduled to take the ball for the Padres, while Gabe Kapler has yet to announce who will get the starting assignment for the Giants.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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