Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Kerry Crow­ley

SAN DIEGO — Kevin Pil­lar’s eyes did not de­ceive him.

If it looked like San Diego Padres re­liever Luis Per­domo was op­er­at­ing in slow motion through his delivery, Pil­lar didn’t have to wait long for con­fir­ma­tion.

Per­domo tip-toed through his windup, lobbed a ball to the plate and watched as his pitch clanked off the top of Pil­lar’s left cleat.

If the plunk­ing caused any pain, Per­domo and the Padres were the only ones who felt it. The bizarre hit-by-pitch ig­nited a four-run sixth-in­ning San Fran­cisco Gi­ants rally that gave the club a lead it would never re­lin­quish en route to a 7-5 vic­tory and the team’s first three­game sweep of the sea­son.

The Gi­ants (39-47) had gone more than a full cal­en­dar year since se­cur­ing a three-game sweep, but with 30 runs in three days at Petco Park, Bruce Bochy’s squad fin­ished off a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with an 11-9 record.

San Fran­cisco has now scored at least seven runs in four con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since Aug. 16-19, 2006, when they put up a com­bined 29 runs in games started by Padres pitch­ers Chan Ho Park and Jake Peavy and Dodgers right­ies Brad Penny and Greg Mad­dux.

Per­domo’s streak of 14 1/3 in­nings with­out sur­ren­der­ing an earned run came to an abrupt end­ing af­ter the hit by pitch. While the re­liever ap­peared con­fused as to whether Pil­lar

was granted time by home plate um­pire, a tiny shred of uncer­tainty was all the Gi­ants needed to pounce on the Padres.

Dono­van Solano, Pablo San­doval, Brandon Belt and Austin Slater fol­lowed Pil­lar’s hit by

pitch with RBI hits to give the Gi­ants a com­fort­able three-run ad­van­tage.

Solano, Belt and Slater all de­posited hard-hit balls into the right cen­ter field gap, but San­doval hit a fly­ball that should have been a routine play for cen­ter fielder Wil My­ers. In­stead, My­ers lost the ball in the lights and San­doval chugged into

sec­ond base with dou­ble of the sea­son.

With a 430-foot, two-run blast into the Gi­ants bullpen in the top of the third, Longoria be­came the first Gi­ants player since Jar­rett Parker (Sept. 2527, 2015) to homer four times in a three-game se­ries. Since 2000, only two other Gi­ants play­ers have hit at least four home runs

his 17th

in a three-game se­ries as Barry Bonds ac­com­plished the feat in four dif­fer­ent se­ries while El­lis Burks did it once.

Longoria’s home run was the longest he’s hit this sea­son ac­cord­ing to Stat­cast as it trav­eled 18 feet far­ther than the 412-foot homer he hit off the top of the Western Metal Sup­ply Co. build­ing in Tues­day’s vic­tory.


The Padres' Hunter Ren­froe is tagged out by Gi­ants catcher Stephen Vogt in the third in­ning in San Diego on Wed­nes­day.

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