"Yeah, that's my idea because I'm trying to do something to get out of the inning, something different," Cabrera said.
Cabrera, ball in glove, waited until Sandoval drifted off the bag to take his lead before tagging him -- all before pitcher Sean O'Sullivan dug in to make a pitch to Hunter Pence.
Out, right? Wrong.
Second-base umpire Laz Diaz ruled that time had been granted to Sandoval before play. Cabrera briefly complained before play resumed.
"He said he gave time to Sandoval," Cabrera said.
The Padres trailed, 2-1, at that point before the Giants scored three runs in the sixth inning for a 5-1 lead. The Giants went on to win, 10-1.
The Padres have now dropped 17 of their last 20 games.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.