SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ starting rotation has gone according to plan through the first four games of the season, but the club is still waiting for the roster to start clicking.

Southpaw Alex Wood had a strong outing on his 2022 debut, but the Giants offense couldn’t capitalize on enough scoring chances in a series-opening 4-2 loss to the Padres on a windy Monday night at Oracle Park.

The Giants had 10 hits, but went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Mauricio Dubón opened the scoring with a sacrificial fly in the second, and Joc Pederson hit a single bunt against the lag and came on to score on wild pitch to level the game, 2-2, in the sixth, but Tyler Rogers scored. given the go-ahead on an RBI groundout from Manny Machado in the seventh. (Rogers’ twin brother, Taylor, ended up picking up the save for the Padres.)

Darin Ruf nearly landed the opportune shot the Giants were looking for when he sent a drive deep into left field from Craig Stammen in the bottom of the seventh, but Jurickson Profar fell on the trail on warning to deny Ruf a shot. a potential. tie the doubles match and end the inning.

“I didn’t think there were any issues with the approach, I just don’t think we got the big shot,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s something I think we struggled with a bit at the start of this season. It’s something that came to us quite naturally and easily last year. But it’s certainly not unusual for us. to have a three or four game streak where we have these little mini droughts where we don’t score in clusters, and I think that’s where we are right now.

Here are two takeaways as the Giants fell to 2-2 after their first four games of the year:

Wood walked away with no decision after allowing two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in 4 1/3 innings. He was ejected after surrendering a solo home run to Austin Nola that gave San Diego a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Wood, who re-signed with the Giants to a two-year, $25 million deal in the offseason, enjoyed a boost Monday night, hitting 94.7 mph on his lead after averaging 91.8 mph on the ground in 2021.

“He came out with quite a bit of extra speed today,” Kapler said. “A lot of life on his ball. At the same time, I think he didn’t have his best command at times today.

The Giants’ top four starters – Logan Webb, Carlos Rodón, Anthony DeSclafani and Wood – have combined to give up six runs in 19 innings (2.84 ERA) so far, but have been left to operate with little leeway of error. . San Francisco’s offense — which misses Evan Longoria, Tommy La Stella and LaMonte Wade Jr. — hits .213 and has 12 points in four games this year.

2. Yaz shows off with the glove

Mike Yastrzemski showed why he was a Golden Glove finalist in right field last year, making two spectacular catches in foul territory Monday night. Yastrzemski made a sliding catch on a popup off the bat from Wil Myers in the fourth, then made another catch against the backstop on the fly ball from Austin Nola in the seventh.

“I think he wants that gold glove this year,” Wood said.

Yastrzemski also had an 0-for-9 start to the season with a seventh-inning single, though Kapler noted the 31-year-old slugger is still working to find his rhythm at the plate.

“The catches were spectacular,” Kapler said. “Good jumps. Obviously, like Yaz always does, he’s sacrificing his body in order to make a play for the team. I don’t think his timing is perfect right now. I think when he’s at the time and when he makes an aggressive move in baseball, when he’s most confident, you know it right away, the moment he steps into the batting box. He’s not there right now.