The San Francisco Giants made quite a statement in their series
opener with the San Diego Padres.
The new NL West leaders hope to build on an impressive offensive
showing and avoid a letdown in the middle game of their set at
Petco Park on Saturday night.
The 50-game suspension for Melky Cabrera following a positive
test for testosterone isn’t going to make things easy for the
Giants (65-54) in their quest for a playoff berth. They showed they
still have plenty of punch, though, beating the Padres 10-1 on
Friday to move one-half game ahead of Los Angeles in the
“It’s important that you are resilient in this game,” Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said. “With what has happened, it was important
that we come out and play well, and the fellas did. We have to move
on and that’s what the guys are doing.”
Marco Scutaro homered and drove in two runs and Angel Pagan had
three hits and two RBIs to lead San Francisco’s 15-hit outburst.
All nine starters had at least one hit as the Giants scored their
most runs in their 78-game history at Petco Park.
San Francisco has won 13 of 18 in San Diego and 18 of 24 overall
against the Padres. Buster Posey, who doubled and scored two runs
Friday, is batting .314 with 10 RBIs and seven runs in nine games
versus San Diego this year.
San Francisco, which understandably had trouble in the first
game of Cabrera’s suspension losing to Washington’s Stephen
Strasburg on Wednesday, erupted for eight runs in the third inning
as it roughed up Ross Ohlendorf, who came in with a 1.93 ERA in
three starts at Petco.
The Giants now look to make things tough on Eric Stults (3-2,
2.45 ERA), who has been solid in his two starts since returning to
After throwing 5 1-3 innings in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Cubs
on Aug. 6, Stults allowed a run and five hits without a walk in 7
2-3 innings in Monday’s 4-1 victory in Atlanta. It was the
left-hander’s longest start since he threw a four-hitter in an 8-0
win over the Giants on May 9, 2009, while pitching for the Los
Angeles Dodgers. That was also his last start against San
The Padres (52-69) could only muster four hits Friday against
Matt Cain, and have been outscored 28-2 during a four-game
“You’re going to have stretches like this,” San Diego manager
Bud Black said. “But you have to realize these things happen over
the course of a season.”
Chase Headley is 3 for 14 with five strikeouts during the losing
streak after batting .355 with five homers and 15 RBIs in his
previous eight games with San Diego winning seven. He is 1 for 8
against scheduled starter Barry Zito (9-8, 4.29) since 2010, but
the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t enjoyed much success in
this series lately.
Zito allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-6
victory over Colorado on Sunday, but left without a decision. The
lefty is 1-2 with a 7.06 ERA in his last four starts after going
3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his previous five.
Zito is 1-7 with a 6.05 ERA in his last 11 starts against the
Padres. Although he has struggled in many of those games, he hasn’t
got much help from his offense, either, receiving 12 total runs of
support – two or fewer in each.