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Thairo Estrada provides heroics as Giants rally past Padres

Apr 5, 2024, 4:32 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2024, 8:03 am

Thairo Estrada #39 of the San Francisco Giants hits a walk-off rbi double scoring Matt Chapman #26 ...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: Thairo Estrada #39 of the San Francisco Giants hits a walk-off rbi double scoring Matt Chapman #26 with the winning run against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the ninth inning at Oracle Park on April 05, 2024 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Thairo Estrada gave the San Francisco Giants a walk-off win in their home opener Friday afternoon, lacing a one-out double to left-center field to score Matt Chapman from first base for a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The win completed a happy homecoming for new Giants manager Bob Melvin, the former Padres skipper who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and played three of his 10 big-league seasons with the Giants.

Chapman set the stage for Estrada’s heroics by getting hit on the left elbow on a 1-2 pitch from Padres reliever Enyel De Los Santos (0-1).

Estrada then swung through a changeup before sending a fastball to the wall in left-center, just far enough to allow Chapman to beat Fernando Tatis Jr.’s strong throw to the plate with a head-first slide.

Camilo Doval (1-0), the third Giants pitcher, got the win after escaping a jam in the top of the ninth, striking out Ha-Seong Kim and Jurickson Profar after a Jake Cronenworth single and Manny Machado walk had put two aboard with one out.

Both starting pitchers threw well enough to win, but neither got a decision.

The Padres’ Dylan Cease limited the Giants to two runs and four hits over six innings, striking out seven and walking two.

Both runs he allowed erased one-run leads. Michael Conforto’s RBI double in the bottom of the first drew the Giants even after the Padres had scored in the top of the inning. Chapman’s infield out scored LaMonte Wade Jr. for a 2-2 tie in the sixth after San Diego had gone ahead again in the third.

Cronenworth and Tatis drove in the Padres runs with singles off Giants starter Jordan Hicks, who surrendered just one earned run (two total) and five hits in seven innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk.

Conforto had three of the Giants’ five hits, including a pair of doubles.

Cronenworth collected two singles among San Diego’s six hits in the homer-less affair.

Upcoming schedule for Thairo Estrada and the San Francisco Giants

  • Friday, April 5th-Sunday, April 7th – vs. San Diego Padres
  • Monday, April 8th-Wednesday, April 10th – vs. Washington Nationals
  • Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14th – @ Tampa Bay Rays
  • Monday, April 15th-Wednesday, April 17th – @ Miami Marlins
  • Thursday, April 18th-Sunday, April 21st – vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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