Gonzalez goes deep as Padres hold off Giants
“That was a real good feeling,” LeBlanc said. “It lets you they have confidence in you.”
LeBlanc (2-1) pitched a career-best seven innings to win his second straight start.
“This one was a lot better,” he said. “I was able to set the tempo for the most part from pitch number one.”
“He was throwing the ball well,” Black said. “He made one mistake but besides that there was not a lot of hard contact. He threw strikes and the fifth, sixth, seventh innings were efficient.”
LeBlanc, who made his big league debut last year, is a different pitcher this go around.
“It’s not even close,” he said. “I was a totally different guy. Last year I tried to strike everybody out.”
Gonzalez connected for a two-run shot in the third.
“My release point was strange in the early going so my curveball wasn’t there at the beginning,” Zito said. “That’s a big pitch for me.”
LeBlanc allowed two runs on four hits. He retired 11 straight before walking the first two batters of the eighth.
“What he did in the eighth was bigger than anything I did in the first seven,” LeBlanc said.
Frandsen entered the game specifically to move the runners over. He worked the count to 3-1 before popping the ball up.
“I had a big opportunity to come into the game and make something happen,” Frandsen said. “I couldn’t have gotten a straighter fastball and I popped it up. Not to get it done at all is quite disappointing. It wasn’t like he was throwing nasty stuff. It was just not getting it done.”
Torres’ third home run in the third brought the