Last night's loss took away the possibility of a four-game sweep in San Francisco. But we can still win three of four tonight and make it a happy plane ride to L.A.
The Giants are probably still riding high off their walk-off extra-inning win last night. But it was only their third win in their last eight games. Barry Zito will take the mound and try to make it two in a row to split the series and preserve the Giants' dignity. This will be Zito's third start since returning from the disabled list. In his last two starts, both wins, he has allowed a total of just two runs in 13 innings. In the last two seasons, Zito is 0-6 in eight games against San Diego, so he hopes his luck will turn around tonight.
For our Padres, Cory Luebke will make his his third start since joining the starting rotation. He has had success in his two previous starts, throwing a total of 11 shutout innings and allowing only 3 hits while racking up 13 strikeouts. Tonight he will need to find a way to shut down Pablo Sandoval, who has been very productive against San Diego this season (batting 10-for-21 with six RBIs) and is currently riding a 17-game hit streak.
I had a foulweather tell me this morning some I-told-you-so b______t about the Padres not being able to sweep the Giants and never being able to close the gap in the division and the first two games being a fluke. Losing the way we did last night was heartbreaking to say the least. But we can't let that get to us. We played a long, hard-fought game and came up just short in the end, but now it's time to focus on closing out the series on a good note. GO FOR THE WIN, PADRES!!
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!