This series finds our Padres returning to AT&T park for the first time since the 2010 season. In yesterday's opener, San Francisco welcomed us back with a sold-out crowd. And we thanked them by taking the first of four games. Clayton Richard pitched scoreless, 2-hit baseball (backed by a 3-0 Padres lead) for five innings before being pulled in the 6th for Ernesto Frieri. Then the Giants got on the board with a 2-run Pablo Sandoval home run, but we put up two more insurance runs in the 8th and 9th. The 9th inning was full of drama, starting in the top when Chase Headley was thrown out by home plate umpire Tim Timmons after striking out and leaving his bat on the ground, thinking it was the third out. In the bottom half, Heath Bell caused some drama when failed to retire the Giants in order and gave up a run to cut our lead to 5-3. Thankfully that was the only scoring allowed and our Padres came out victorious.
Tonight's game has the makings of a pitcher's duel. Matt Cain will start for the Giants, coming off two straight four-hit games and a June in which he posted an ERA of 1.65. In his last start, he pitched 7 strong innings and recorded his 1,000th strikeout. Tonight he will try to break the Padres hot streak in San Francisco, where they've won 10 of their last 12.
Our Padres will look to Tim Stauffer to continue his own hot streak. He has pitched into the 7th inning in each of his last five starts. In that span of 36 innings, he has struck out 33 batters and posted a phenomenal 1.00 ERA. In his career against San Francisco, he is 4-3 in eight games. He will face a Giants team that has lost four of its last six and is struggling offensively, even moreso than the Padres.
If we can keep up our offensive success and get to Matt Cain tonight, Stauffer is more than capable of keeping the Giants off the board and bringing us one game closer to closing the gap in the NL West.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!
Padres lead the series 1-0
|Mon 07/04|| WP: Clayton Richard (5 - 9) |
SV: Heath Bell
LP: Tim Lincecum (6 - 7)
|5 - 3 win|
|Wed 07/06||7:15 PM PDT|
|Thu 07/07||7:15 PM PDT|