admin / April 26, 2018

Rookies Lucchesi, Villanueva carry Padres past Giants 10-1

The rebuilding San Diego Padres have made up two spots in the NL West in two games, thanks largely to two rookies.

Joey Lucchesi struck out nine in six innings, Christian Villanueva homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and the Padres cruised past San Francisco 10-1 on Sunday to beat the Giants for the third straight game.

Jose Pirela was a home run short of the cycle and had three RBI for the Padres, who have won five of seven. They leapfrogged the Giants into third place, by percentage points. San Francisco has lost four of five.

Lucchesi is doing everything he possibly can, except hit, to cement a spot in the rotation, Green said. He’s been great. He’s a guy that, watching film last year, talking to our minor league guys, listening to them talk, they knew he was going to come quicker than the rest and he’s proving why right now. He throws strikes, he’s got offspeed when he needs it, he can punch guys out. That’s a great recipe. There’s a lot of deception there.

I think there is a fine line between when it’s good for business and when that line is crossed and it can become bad for business, Steve Tisch, the Giants’ co-owner and a top movie producer, said Monday at the NFL owners’ meetings. I’ve learned in the entertainment business and in the football business that a lot of how well we do, how well the players do, how well the teams do, are in a way fan-driven. Whether it’s my next Denzel Washington movie, I want to get movie-goers in theater seats. The 2018 Giants season I want to get Giants fans in seats in MetLife Stadium.

When too much becomes too much, I think everybody is aware of it and I hope we don’t get to that point and cross that line.

Has Beckham crossed that line?

It’s not been too much yet, but I think because there’s so much conversation about him, I just want everyone to pull back and realize that we will negotiate when the time to negotiate comes.seahawks_124

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