"It seems like they've got our number," said Huff, who in the next breath downplayed San Diego's dominance."We've got a lot more games with them , but it's too early to be looking at playoff implications," Huff said. "We have a long way to go." With just a few shreds of good fortune, the Giants would have been discussing another resurgent victory. Huff hit two smashes that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez adroitly plucked, Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand hit promising-looking drives that died in center fielder Scott Hairston's glove and Matt Downs opened the ninth inning with a line drive that looked like a double up the left-field line -- until third baseman Chase Headley reached up and snared it. "It felt like their guys were in the right position every single time," Huff said. "It was like they knew it was coming. You have to credit their scouts, I guess, or somebody." Said Bochy, "The ball occasionally has to bounce your way in this game. ... We can use a break in this rut we're in." Had the Giants been completely luckless, they might have endured a no-hit defeat. Whiteside's leadoff smash struck the heel of Latos' glove and caromed toward third base. Whiteside barely beat Headley's throw.
"Just see it and hit it," Whiteside said, describing his strategy at the plate. "[Latos] showed early in the game that he was going to come out and throw strikes."Downs hit a grounder to shortstop but reached second base as Whiteside, who was forced out at second, made a hard slide that forced Lance Zawadzki's overthrow for an error. Latos escaped as Sanchez lined out and Rowand flied out. Sanchez faltered only in the fifth, victimized by the very bottom of San Diego's order with two outs and nobody on base. Zawadzki, in his 10th Major League at-bat, prolonged the inning by doubling to right-center field. Latos poked his bat at a fastball and singled home Zawadzki. "When you're going good like they are right now, things like that happen," Bochy said. Or they happen like this: The Padres scout who drafted and signed Latos was none other than Joe Bochy, Bruce Bochy's brother. "No way," Huff said upon hearing this piece of trivia. "Baseball's so weird, isn't it?"
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less