Game Thread: 7/4 Padres @ Giants

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 5: Members of the US Navy pull out an American Flag as the National Anthem is sung against the San Diego Padres during their MLB Game at Petco Park on April 5, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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In yesterday's season series finale against the hated Mariners, our offense couldn't seem to wake up as we suffered our fifth loss of the season at the hands of our interleague rivals. We finished with only one win against them and scored a total of just four runs in six tries. Rookie pitcher Blake Beavan bested us by allowing only one run (Alberto Gonzalez scored from first on a Will Venable double) on three hits and two walks in seven innings of work in his major league debut. Padres starter Mat Latos took a few innings to really get into a groove, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks in the first three innings before breezing through the 4th, 5th, and 6th. Our bullpen finished the game pitching shutout baseball, but our offense never showed up to back them.

A disappointing series in Seattle. A disappointing start to the road trip. But now we can move on, put behind us the abomination that is interleague play, and focus the rest of the regular season on our National League foes. We will try to get back to winning ways today in San Francisco against the NL-West-leading Giants. Despite losing two of three in Seattle, we are on somewhat of a hot streak, having won eight of our last 11 games. However, the Giants similarly have won nine of their last 12.

Clayton Richard will take the mound for our Padres today and hopes we can give him the run support that was nonexistent in the Mariners series (and for much of the season). However, that will be difficult as our offense will face San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum. Lincecum didn't have a great June, winning only one of six starts and racking up a 4.84 ERA, so we can only hope that his struggles on the mound continue today and that we can take advantage.

Richard has been pitching fairly well this season but, like most of our pitching staff, hasn't received the support of his offense. In his last start, however, he got his first win in a game where he pitched at least seven runs and allowed no more than two runs. He pitched similarly five other times this season, but got three losses and two no-decisions.

This is a critical series for our team. We will play four games in San Francisco before playing three in L.A. going into the All Star Break. We have the opportunity to make up some ground in the NL West standings if we can get our act together and play up to our potential against these division rivals. We need to put the disastrous Seattle series behind us and get back to playing like we did against the Red Sox, Braves, and Royals. The talent is there, we just need to back it up with a winning mentality and confidence and show the non-believers and foulweathers that our season isn't over. DO IT FOR AMERICA, BOYS.

I wanna see sad Lincecum today!

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!

#Padres lineup vs. #Giants: Venable 9, Bartlett 6, Headley 5, Ludwick 7, Hudson 4, Maybin 8, Rizzo 3, Hundley 2, Richard 1.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

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