Kennedy leads Padres against Giants in middle game
Since the San Francisco Giants won their first of three World Series in five seasons in 2010, the San Diego Padres have won one of 13 series at AT&T Park.
A win by the Padres on Wednesday night isn’t going to start any dynasty talk, but it will give them a starting point to overcome their Bay Area blues.
After Tuesday’s 3-2 win in 11 innings, San Diego (35-38) has won 14 of 41 at AT&T since the start of 2011. Their sole series win came by taking two of three from June 23-25, 2014, and they can duplicate that a year to the day.
The Padres, hitting .224 over those last 41 at AT&T, were shut out until the eighth Tuesday and had 10 strikeouts while Madison Bumgarner sent down the first 14 batters.
"A lot of people did a lot of good things," said Will Venable, who hit the tying double off Bumgarner. "It wasn’t happening for us offensively early in the game."
The Giants (38-24) lost for the 10th time in 11 home games after opening 16-9 at AT&T. They’ve scored 2.3 runs and hit .214 on the slide.
"We have to get better. There’s no getting around it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB’s official website. "As much as anything, pitching wasn’t quite as tight, but we’ve got to find a way to score some runs. We’re getting shut down too much at home."
Improvement will have to come without Nori Aoki, who was scratched Tuesday and later diagnosed with a right fibula fracture. Aoki, the club’s leading hitter at .317, hasn’t been in the lineup since being hit by a pitch on the ankle Saturday and will wear a cast for the next two weeks.
San Francisco’s next starting pitcher has at least done his job at home.
Ryan Vogelsong has more often than not been a better – but more unfortunate – pitcher at home, though he earned the decision in Thursday’s 7-0 win in Seattle after limiting the Mariners to three hits in 6 2-3 innings. Vogelsong (5-5, 4.38 ERA) is 4-9 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 home starts and 9-9 with a 5.04 mark in 23 on the road since the start of 2014.
Dating to 2012, he is 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA in five home starts against San Diego. Venable (10 for 26) and Yangervis Solarte (4 for 7) have hit him well, while Will Middlebrooks (1 for 8), Clint Barmes (2 for 13) and Yonder Alonso (2 for 11) have not.
Vogelsong is up against another veteran trying to revamp his season.
Ian Kennedy was 2-5 with a 7.15 ERA over his first eight starts but is 2-0 with a 2.63 mark in four since. After allowing a run and four hits in six innings of Thursday’s 3-1 win in Oakland, Kennedy (4-5, 5.43 ERA) has only been scored on with two solo home runs over 13 innings in his last two outings.
The start to the season, which was interrupted by a hamstring injury, did include some success against San Francisco with one run allowed in 9 1-3 innings of two starts. The right-hander was hurt in his first start in San Diego against the Giants but held them to a run and six hits in seven innings of a 9-1 victory at AT&T Park on May 6.
In his career in San Francisco, he’s 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 12 starts.
Buster Posey (15 for 37) and Brandon Belt (10 for 28 with two home runs) have hit him well, but Joe Panik (1 for 13), Angel Pagan (6 for 33) and Gregor Blanco (5 for 27) haven’t.