San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

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The San Francisco Giants are mathematically alive for a postseason berth and it might stay that way a little longer as they visit the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

The San Francisco Giants begin the stretch drive looking to go on a season ending hot streak. The Giants knocked off Arizona 5-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept at home. Veteran Tim Hudson came up big with a four hits shutout over six frames to even his record at 8-8 and the offense didn’t waste the effort. SF mustered six hits and walked four times with Buster Posey clubbing a three run bomb while Matt Duffy scored twice. Christopher Heston gets Tuesday’s start against the Padres for the 4th time this year. Heston did not get a decision in a 9-8 loss to Cincinnati with three runs scored on three hits and four BB in five frames.

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The San Diego Padres had held out hopes of finishing the season at .500 but that would be a stretch right now. The Padres will be shooting for consecutive victories following a 10-4 win at Coors Field on Sunday. Everything went well with starter James Shields holding the Rockies to four runs on two hits and four BB through 6.2 innings. The offense amassed 15 hits with Matt Kemp, Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg and Jedd Gyorko each slamming long balls. Tyson Ross gets the series opening start against San Francisco for the third time on the year. Ross did not receive a decision in a 6-4 loss at Arizona with a lone run allowed over six innings.

San Francisco are 5-16 in their last 21 road games. The over is 8-1 in San Diego’s last 9 vs. National League West and  is 16-5-1 in their last 22 games following a win while going  36-13-2 in their last 51 overall. San Francisco are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Giants RH Chris Heston (11-10, 3.61 ERA) vs. Padres RH Tyson Ross (10-10, 3.18)Heston received a no-decision after allowing three runs, three hits and four walks while striking out eight in five innings of San Francisco’s 9-8 loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 15. The 27-year-old Floridian won his first two starts coming out of the All-Star break – including one over San Diego – before posting a 5.12 ERA during his slide. Heston is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts covering 19 1/3 innings versus the Padres this season.Ross settled for a no-decision after permitting one run and four hits while matching a season high with nine strikeouts in six innings of San Diego’s 6-4 loss in Arizona on Sept. 15. The 28-year-old Californian’s last victory came Aug. 31, when he yielded three hits and fanned seven in seven innings of a 7-0 victory over Texas. Ross is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against the Giants – 1-1, 3.46 in two turns early this season.

WALK-OFFS

  1. Ross has 194 strikeouts – one shy of his career high – and needs six to reach 200, which would mark the first time in Padres history two pitchers reached that plateau in the same season. James Shields went over 200 on Sunday
  2. San Francisco has tied a major league record with five pitchers homering in the same season – Madison Bumgarner five; Mike Leake (one with the Giants), Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong (one apiece) – and its total of nine is the most since the 1934 staff belted 10.
  3. San Diego is 58-0 when leading after eight innings this season.

 

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