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Instant Analysis: Five Takeaways as Giants Open Second Half Victorious



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    SAN DIEGO - Operation Pass The Padres got off to a good start. 

    The Giants opened their second half with a 5-4 win at Petco Park, snapping a four-game losing streak and getting within four games of the fourth-place Padres in the NL West. Johnny Cueto wasn't sharp, but the lineup had 14 hits and the bullpen held on.

    The Padres loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but couldn't push the tying run across. Jabari Blash flied out to deep right against Sam Dyson. Perhaps the second half will be better? 

    Anyway, here are five things to know from Opening Day 2.0: 

    -- TRADE VALUE UPDATE: Cueto gave up six hits and three earned in four innings and he was pulled after just 82 pitches, which is not totally normal. Cueto's ERA is at 4.59 with 17 days left until the deadline. 

    -- Cory Gearrin pitched the sixth and worked around a couple baserunners. He quietly has a 2.08 ERA this season. 

    -- TRADE VALUE UPDATE: Eduardo Nuñez returned to the lineup and generally looked like his old self. He doubled in the third inning. 

    -- Buster Posey rocked a baseball into the bushes under the batter's eye in the seventh inning. It was Posey's 11th homer of the year. He's on pace to reach 20 for the third time in his career. 

    -- Gorkys Hernandez looks like a man who wants to play everyday in the second half. He had a career-high four hits and made a nice running catch in left. Hernandez has just six games with at least three hits in his career, and two of them have come in the last nine days.