Giants-Padres Preview

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

the rotation.

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.