On April 12, the Giants ticked off the Padres in a different manner. Mauricio Dubon bunted for a base hit with the Giants leading 11-2 in the sixth inning. San Diego’s dugout was outraged.
After the inning, it appeared as though Kapler was yelling at Dubon in the dugout, but Kapler publicly backed his player after the game.
Kapler said then that he wants his offense to maintain constant pressure on opponents in hopes of wearing down the other team’s bullpen during a series.
“They did some things that we felt like was uncalled for,” Nats manager Dave Martinez told reporters (per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle). “But you guys can ask (Giants manager) Gabe Kapler about that.”
Estrada kept running and tried to score. He was thrown out at the plate, receiving a hard tag to the body from catcher Keibert Ruiz. Nationals shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Victor Robles barked at the Giants’ dugout as they were coming off the field.