ICYMI: Friars' streak snapped as Giants even series
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On Tuesday night, the San Diego saw its season-high five-game winning streak come to an end after the Giants homered three times en route to a 9-3 victory to even the series at Petco Park. Fortunately, the Padres were able to mount a late three-run rally in the ninth inning to avoid their 14th shutout of the season. But before that late rally, a few other interesting moments happened at the ballpark.
Odrisamer Despaigne, who entered the game with a career 2-0 record with a 0.93 ERA against the Giants in five games, had an uncharacteristically rough outing against San Francisco. Despaigne surrendered six earned runs on seven hits and only one strikeout over five innings pitched. Five of those runs off of Despaigne came by way of a home run, although the last one actually was included with a Hector Sanchez grand slam surrendered by Dale Thayer in the sixth inning -- one of those runs was charged to Despaigne as he had allowed the baserunner onto first before being pulled.
Sanchez's grand slam in the sixth actually stirred up some controversy in itself as it appeared that a (perhaps unintentional) bat-flip and admiration of the home run led to some dissent in the Padres pitching ranks. The benches cleared in the ninth after reliever Shawn Kelley exchanged words with Sanchez, appearing to take offense with Sanchez's gesture. Nothing escalated any further as the field umpires were quick to diffuse the tension.
The Padres have a quick turnover, as they will be back on the field Wednesday afternoon in a rubber match between veterans James Shields and Matt Cain. In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories from Tuesday: