National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 19th (All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (10-7) at San Diego Padres (8-9), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.35) San Diego - Eric Stults (0-2, 5.52)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Hudson eyes his third win of the young season on Saturday when the San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Hudson has shown no ill effects from the fractured ankle that cut his season short last July, as has gone 2-0 this season with a 2.35 ERA. The 39-year- old didn't get a decision his last time out against Colorado, though, as he allowed four runs and five hits in 7 1/3 frames of his team's 5-4 win.
"I would have been sick if we had lost this game because I felt like I had a pretty good game, and then in the eighth inning we were tied up," Hudson said.
The Giants have issued a major league-low 34 walks, and Hudson holds the season-opening franchise record by tossing 23 innings without one.
Hudson has dominated the Padres over the course of his career, going 6-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) against them.
San Diego, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Eric Stults, who is 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA. Stults did not get a decision on Monday versus Colorado, as he allowed four runs (3 earned) and nine hits in five innings of his team's 5-4 win.
Stults is 6-4 lifetime against the Giants with a 5.21 ERA in 17 games (15 starts).
San Diego can only hope Stults delivers the way Tyson Ross did in Friday's opener. Ross struck out nine over eight innings and San Diego eked out a 2-1 win.
Ross (2-2) gave up just four hits and a walk, allowing only two baserunners after the fourth inning. He struck out the last two batters he faced -- former MVP Buster Posey and Angel Pagan, San Francisco's best hitter this season.
"Tonight it was there from the get go and it was a lot of fun," Ross said.
Three straight Giants struck out before Brandon Belt golfed a solo homer to right field off Padres closer Huston Street with one out in the ninth inning.
Street walked Hunter Pence, who stole second base, but then fanned Hector Sanchez to pick up his sixth save.
Yasmani Grandal's pinch-hit solo homer off reliever Juan Gutierrez in the eighth inning ended up as the winning run for the Padres, who improved to 5-3 on a 10-game homestand.
Giants starter Matt Cain (0-3) took another loss despite trimming his ERA 1.12 points to 2.88 in four starts. He struck out eight, gave up one unearned run, four hits and two walks and retired 11 batters in a row during one stretch.
San Francisco, coming off a 5-4 homestand, went hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position and left five on base.
"We have to get these bats going, we've been cold these last few games," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
The Padres have won only one out of the five series they have played this season. San Francisco has picked up four wins in its five series so far.
04/19 10:28:50 ET