Oracle Park- San Francisco, CA
Dinelson Lamet took the mound with the Padres in search of a series split with the Giants, making his 10th start of the year.
The Giants jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Brandon Belt launched a two-run home run, his 16th of the year after Eric Hosmer allowed a base runner with a fielding error.
Manny Machado snapped out of a month-long funk with his 28th home run of the season and just his second since July 30th. That cut the Giants lead in half at 2-1.
After the tough first inning, Lamet would settle down.
He finished the night with ten strikeouts, the second time this season he has fanned double-digit batters. He walked two and allowed three hits as well. “Overall a pretty quality outing from him,” Andy Green told the media after the game in regards to Lamet’s night.
Dinelson Lamet has struck out 10 batters through five innings. It's his second time in 10 starts this season and fourth time in 31 career starts he has reached double digits.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 31, 2019
He did allow one more run to score in the bottom of the fifth due to a Mike Yastrzemski solo shot.
Things got away from the Padres in the bottom of the seventh. Robbie Erlin came in and gave up five straight singles, and a sac fly, which resulted in three runs and the Giants extended their lead to 6-1.
Austin Hedges hit a triple in the eighth inning and then scored on a Greg Garcia ground out. Hedges will now get the bulk of the playing time once again, now that Francisco Mejia is on the Injured List. This is his chance to reclaim the starting role that Mejia seemed to be ripping from his grasp.
Brandon Belt continued to pester the Padres with an RBI-double, which was followed by a run-scoring double by Evan Longoria.
The Padres were unable to muster a comeback in the ninth inning, losing 8-3, and fell to 62-72 on the season.
The Friars aim to gain a split in the series on Saturday when Joey Lucchesi takes the hill at 6:05 PM PDT.
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.