Padres inspired by Giants' march to title

Padres inspired by Giants' march to title

Padres inspired by Giants' march to title
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yonder Alonso lingered in the Padres' dugout after Saturday's 8-4 loss to watch as the Giants stormed the field to celebrate their second National League West title in three years.

The scene was similar to the one that occurred two years ago when the Giants sealed the division title at AT&T Park against the Padres before embarking on a postseason run that ended with the 2010 World Series title.

And though the script that unfolded Saturday night was one that was a bit too familiar for the Padres, they still witnessed it with optimism.

"I stayed to just see what it was like, knowing that one day we're going to be in that situation," Alonso said. "You have to be positive and know that we have a good team. We're going to be there, definitely going to be there."

The loss itself was reminiscent of Friday's series opener, as the Padres failed to take advantage of scoring first and the Giants again chased a San Diego starting pitcher to an early exit.

Chris Denorfia singled to open the game and then advanced all the way to third on Giants first baseman Brandon Belt's throwing error when Denorfia stole second. The Padres took the early lead after Chase Headley's groundout scored Denorfia.

The Giants answered with five unanswered runs off Padres starter Andrew Werner, starting with two runs in the bottom of first when Buster Posey and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back sacrifice flies after Werner loaded the bases with no outs.

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner helped his own cause with an RBI single in the second inning, and Werner was lifted in the fourth inning after Marco Scutaro lined a single up the middle to score two for the Giants.

"It was pretty cut and dry," Werner said of his night. "I couldn't make an adjustment early, and by the time I made an adjustment in the second or third inning, I was 60, 70 pitches deep. I could never give myself a chance, especially against a good team like that."

The Padres showed life after Alonso's two-run home run in the sixth to pull within two runs and end Bumgarner's night, but the Giants padded their lead by getting two runs off Brad Boxberger in the bottom half of the inning. Boxberger's errant pickoff attempt of Angel Pagan at first base allowed Francisco Peguero to score from third, and Scutaro followed by driving Pagan home with a single to right.

Headley's groundout in the eighth scored Denorfia, who had singled to lead off the frame, but Joe Thatcher surrendered a leadoff homer to Belt in the bottom of the inning.

Werner's sixth career start was his shortest yet, getting charged with five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings on six hits and three walks. After starting his Major League career with four straight quality starts, Werner has a 10.30 ERA in his last two outings.

"Werner came out of the chute a little bit different than what we've seen in the past," Black said. "They just kept pecking away and he could never find his groove the whole night. It wasn't Andrew's night."

And for a roster with a heavy representation of rookies and younger players, Black said that watching the Giants celebrate reaching their regular-season goal is a healthy sight for the Padres to take in.

"Witnessing this game, we'll be better off for it," Black said. "We have some guys who have been in that position, but a lot of guys haven't. It'll be good for them. They'll learn from it."

"That's what you want to do. You want to be that team storming the field and clinching," Werner said. "You see that and it hurts, it hurts bad. I'm almost sick to my stomach watching that. You just have to learn from it, and hopefully we'll be doing the same thing next year."

Jay Lee is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.