So we got beat a billion to one last night. It wasn't fun. I blame the fans who were already riding the "DFA Ohlendorf" train in the second inning when he had only allowed a solo home run, but retired every other batter he faced. Those guys were asking for Ohly to fall apart.
Anyway, today our Padres will try to put last night behind them and even up the series. Eric Stults will toe the rubber, looking to continue the success he has seen since rejoining the rotation. After a DL stint and four relief appearances, Stults has made two starts for San Diego, and they have been fantastic. He's pitched a combined 13 innings while allowing only one earned run on 10 hits, walking two and striking out eight. He has a career 2-2 record and 4.32 ERA against San Francisco. but the last time he pitched against them was a 4-hit shutout in May of 2009 as a Dodger.
If Stults is able to continue his recent dominance on the mound, he will still need our offense to step up and end this run-scoring drought. Even though pitching has surrendered 29 runs over the last 38 innings, our offense can share much of the blame for these four straight losses, only scoring two runs in that 38-inning span.
On the hill for the Giants, Barry Zito will be looking to extend our offensive drought while bouncing back from a few less-than-great starts of his own. Over his last four outings, he is 1-2 with a 7.06 ERA. Furthermore, he is 4-9 all-time and 1-7 over his last 11 starts against our Padres. His offense had no problem putting runs together in game 1, so he's hoping for the same treatment tonight. A win for San Francisco will keep them atop the NL West after regaining their lead over the Dodgers last night.
Giants lead the series 1-0
WP: Matt Cain (12 - 5)
LP: Ross Ohlendorf (4 - 4)
|1 - 10 loss|
|Sun 08/19||1:05 PM PDT|