SAN DIEGO — There’s been a different vibe around the San Diego Padres since they called up four of their top prospects on Wednesday.
One of those rookies, Carlos Asuaje, doubled for his first hit and was on base when Wil Myers hit a three-run home run in the first inning that helped the Padres beat the struggling San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Friday night.
“Obviously I’ve been imagining getting a hit,” said Asuaje, who made his big league debut Wednesday night and has started the last two games. “I didn’t think a double though, but yeah it was awesome, a great experience. It was kind of a relief, really.
“I tried to keep my wits about me as best I could,” he said. “I didn’t want to seem all giddy in front of the guys. They already mess with me enough, so I didn’t want to look too happy but man, inside it was really good.”
It was San Diego’s seventh victory in eight games against the struggling Giants since the All-Star break.
The Giants dropped into the second wild card position, a game behind the New York Mets. San Francisco is seven games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Giants rookie Albert Suarez (3-5) fell behind 3-0 before recording an out. Jon Jay hit a leadoff single, Asuaje doubled and Myers homered into the party deck just beyond the fence in right-center, his 28th.
Edwin Jackson (5-6) won for just the second time in seven starts, holding the Giants to two runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked five.
“It was great to have the offensive support and see the young guys come up and get first hits and see the excitement in the dugout,” Jackson said. “It was definitely a lot of fun and it makes the game fun.”
Buster Posey pulled the Giants to 3-2 with a two-run double off the wall in left-center with one out in the fifth.
“I’m just trying to bounce back,” Jackson said. “I wish I could have less walks. They kind of cost me in the fifth inning, walked a couple then Posey comes up and got a big hit, but nevertheless, all in all, some decent game of bounce back. We’re always hard on ourselves.”
Giants reliever Matt Reynolds came on to start the bottom of the fifth and allowed four runs without getting an out. He walked in a run and was chased by Alex Dickerson’s two-run single to right. George Kontos came on and got the first out before Austin Hedges hit a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.
Suarez allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out one and walked one.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto, who left his start Tuesday night with a strained groin, was scheduled to play catch before the game. His spot in the rotation comes up Sunday. Manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto is questionable to make the start. … SS Brandon Crawford (dislocated pinky on his glove hand) also was to play catch and if that went well, take some dry swings.
Giants: On Saturday night, LHP Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 2.57) will try to become the third-youngest pitcher in franchise history to win 100 games. He’s 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts against San Diego this year, but is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in his last two starts against the Padres.
Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart (0-4, 5.63) is scheduled to make his ninth start with San Diego.