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Szczur did not play in Padres' 8-0 loss to Giants

Szczur did not play in Padres' 8-0 loss to Giants”

The Giants (62-97) are assured of last place in the National League West.

Behind 6.2 shutout innings from rookie Chris Stratton and four hits from second baseman Joe Panik, manager Bruce Bochy's club put together a thorough effort on both sides of the ball that ensured the club will finish the season with a loss total in the high nineties.

The Padres (70-89) have had five 100-loss editions in their 48-year history, most recently in 1974.

San Diego has won all five series between the two this season, including 2-1 and 3-1 series wins at San Francisco. By the time Matt Cain was his age, he already had thrown three postseason gems, won a World Series and appeared on two NL All-Star teams.

Stratton was on the losing end of a 3-1 decision to the Dodgers and their ace, Clayton Kershaw, on Sunday.

Hundley entered Friday hitting just.246 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs but he also has worked to improve his defense and provided little dropoff in terms of brain power when Buster Posey took a day off. Hundley's presence allowed Posey to move to first base more often in the last two months of the season, after Brandon Belt sustained a season-ending concussion. Summoned out of the bullpen on April 29, he gave up four hits and five runs in one-third of an inning. He did not get a decision.

The San Francisco Giants provided a glimpse of the opportunistic offense they thought they had coming into this lost season.

The Giants arranged for Hundley's family to be in attendance as McCovey announced his name as 17 former winners, surrounded him on the field.

In a season that quickly turned into a dumpster fire, with so numerous club's plans and projections providing the fuel, Hundley has done exactly what Bochy and the front office expected when they signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in February.

Hundley joins a group of respected current Giants that includes Matt Cain, who received the award in 2009, Posey (2012), Pence (2013), Madison Bumgarner (2014), Crawford and Javier Lopez (who shared last year's award). It's something that's dear to my heart. I'm just grateful that it's been a part of my life. "I've enjoyed it. I've enjoyed it so much".

The Giants will not have to find inspiration in this year's Minnesota Twins, who became the first team to lose 100 games one season and make the playoffs the next. San Diego was outscored 28-5 in a three-game series against the Dodgers that ended Wednesday. Lyles appeared three times in relief against the Giants as a member of the Rockies earlier this season and tossed a total of 2 1/3 ideal frames.

Padres: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (13-10, 3.98 ERA) pitched six shutout innings in his last start against Colorado on September 23. Even if the Giants sweep this weekend, they'll be 8-11 overall against the Padres this year - that's just hard to take in. This season, he has faced San Francisco three times, all in relief, and he hasn't given up any runs or hits while striking out three in 2 1/3 innings. "I felt great. Pitching in the Arizona Fall League a year ago probably helped with that".

"We've competed all year", he said after the last of the three blowouts against the Dodgers.

Handicapping games the last weekened of the season between two teams that have nothing to play for is a coinflip for the most part.



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