What you might have missed as Giants get walked off by Padres originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Add this one to the 2020 ledger: The Giants, with a chance to just about stamp their ticket to the MLB playoffs, got walked off at Oracle Park.
Trent Grisham hit a three-run homer off Sam Coonrod with one out in the seventh inning and the Padres, serving as the home team in a game that was postponed by a false positive, won 6-5.
The Giants were two outs away from needing just one win to reach the postseason. The blown save wiped away a lot of good work, most notably Wilmer Flores' three-run homer earlier, and got the Giants back to .500 at 29-29. They're one game ahead of the Phillies and Brewers for the final postseason spot.
Here's what you need to know about an unprecedented evening at Oracle Park ...
The Rally of the Year
Drew Pomerenz started his season with 19 scoreless outings, and he got two quick outs with a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. But Donovan Solano hit a slow roller to third that had an exit velocity of 73 mph, and Manny Machado had no chance to make a play on it. Austin Slater hit for Brandon Belt and drew a walk, setting the stage for Flores.
Flores jumped on an elevated fastball and smoked a no-doubter to left for his second homer of the day and 11th of the year. Flores became the first Giant to homer in both ends of a doubleheader since Brandon Crawford last season at Coors Field.
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Reminder that the Giants signed Flores to a two-year, $6.25 million contact on February 12.
Jeff Samardzija's first start since August 7 was a mixed bag. He was sitting 92-93 in the first inning, which was a huge improvement from his previous outings this year, and his average fastball velocity was up about 1.5 mph from July and early August. Samardzija certainly had an uptick in stuff, but it still wasn't enough.
Fernando Tatis Jr. ruined Samardzija's night by hitting a 458-foot homer in the third that gave the Padres a 3-1 lead. Samardzija lasted just three innings, giving up three earned on three hits. He almost certainly will finish with a 9.72 in four appearances in the final season of a five-year, $90 million contract.
It's An Even Year
The Giants got to Dinelson Lamet in the second inning with a Peak Even Year rally. Brandon Belt beat the shift with a 68 mph roller down the third base line that went for a double. He went to third on a grounder and scored when Evan Longoria hit a 66 mph roller to first that Mitch Moreland didn't scoop up in time to throw home. Belt's double had a hit probability of just 10 percent.