Giants beat Padres to avoid 100-loss season


SAN FRANCISCO – The Willie Mac Award is bestowed on the Giants player who most inspires the clubhouse with his positive attitude, tireless work ethic and performance on the field.

For the Giants this season, maintaining a positive attitude required a halo, or heavy pharmaceuticals. But Nick Hundley managed to inspire with his upbeat personality and professionalism, and the Giants honored their backup catcher with their highest clubhouse award prior to Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Then several former Willie Mac winners sloughed off their disappointing seasons and right-hander Chris Stratton blanked the Padres through 6 2/3 innings in an 8-0 victory at AT&T Park.

Buster Posey hit three RBI doubles, Brandon Crawford connected for a pair of singles while driving in three and Hunter Pence tripled to back Stratton – an emerging rookie who has the poise to win his own Willie Mac Award someday — as the Giants officially escaped the shame of what nearly became a 100-loss season.

The 1985 Giants will continue to stand alone as the franchise’s only members of the Century Club.

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