September 29, 2022
Giants Observations: Padres Deliver Sweep in Ugly Rout at Oracle Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants hoped to avoid their first three-game sweep of the season on Sunday at Oracle Park. Instead, they ended up with Luis González on the mound in the eighth inning. 

The Giants fell behind early and got blown out 10-1 by the San Diego Padres, who rode Manny Machado’s huge game and a solid outing from lefty rookie MacKenzie Gore. The Padres became the first team to sweep the Giants in a three-game series this year, and they continued a disconcerting trend. 

This was the sloppiest game of the year and it couldn’t be saved by González, although he certainly tried. Making his second pitching appearance in eight days, the outfielder needed just five pitches to get three groundouts in the eighth inning, with none of them registering above 49.2 mph. 

Gonzalez worked around a double in the ninth and got through two scoreless innings on 16 pitches, 15 of which were at 50 mph or below. He also mixed in one 86 mph fastball just to let everyone know he can. 

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