Refreshed after an off day yesterday, our Padres are looking to take the field tonight for some redemption. Once again, they opened up a series strongly, beating the Diamondbacks 7-1 in game 1, only to drop the remaining two games and surrender the series to Arizona. Sunday's game was particularly tough, being shutout by SD-native Trevor Cahill in complete game fashion. Cahill wasn't completely overpowering, but was able to get a lot of groundouts in his victory. Our Padres collected six hits, but couldn't give starter Eric Stults any run support. Stults was able to keep it to a 1-run game for the first five innings, but allowed five more runs to come home in the sixth and seventh innings, working a total of 6 1/3.
Yesterday's off day allowed our Padres to reflect on their recent struggles and hopefully better prepare them to welcome the Giants to San Diego. That will be a tall order, however, as San Francisco has been on a tear lately. They are coming off a four-game sweep of the Cubs and have are 16-7 in their last 23 games. They will send Tim Lincecum to the mound to open up this three-game series. He hasn't had the best season, but his last outing makes his teammates and Giants fans hopeful that he is returning to his old form. Despite getting the loss, he allowed only one run in seven innings of work against Arizona his last time out and he felt and looked like his old self. That's not great news for our Padres, but Anthony Bass will counter and try to prevent any run support for Lincecum.
Bass pitched against the Giants back in April and took the loss, but like Lincecum's last start, he pitched strong. He took a shutout into the fifth inning and only gave up two runs in eight innings of work. He'll have some help from our defense, who has looked better lately after a rough start to the season. In the first few weeks of the season, our defense committed an average of over one error per game, but they have been more reliable the last couple of weeks, only committing two errors in their last 12 games. Our offense has been kind of streaky, so we will likely need to count on Bass and the defense to keep the game close to have a chance to win.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!