National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 19th
(All times eastern)
San Francisco Giants (66-54) at San Diego Padres (52-70), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (10-6, 2.72)
San Diego - Clayton Richard (9-12, 3.91)
(Sports Network) - Ryan Vogelsong tries to get back into the win column when
the San Francisco Giants close out a three-game series with the division-rival
San Diego Padres this afternoon at Petco Park.
Vogelsong was roughed up in just 2 2/3 innings of a 14-2 loss to Washington on
Monday and gave up a career high-tying eight runs and nine hits. He had won
two straight and three of four starts, and snapped a streak of 22 straight
starts of lasting at least six innings.
The right-hander, who is 5-2 in 10 road outings this season, defeated the
Padres on July 23 with seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 win and is only
1-2 against them in 11 career appearances (3 starts). His ERA in that span is
a lofty 7.31.
Padres starter Clayton Richard is also trying to break back into the victory
slot and will toe the rubber Sunday. Richard had won back-to-back assignments
and three of four decisions until a 6-0 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday.
Richard surrendered five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings in that one and
fell to 9-12 in 25 starts, while raising his ERA to 3.91. The left-hander, who
hurled a five-hit shutout against the Cubs on Aug. 8, was beaten by the Giants
in the aforementioned 7-1 contest and permitted seven runs and nine hits in
He is 5-5 in 11 career starts against San Francisco with a 4.34 ERA.
San Francisco held on for an 8-7 win last night, as Joaquin Arias went 3-for-5
with a home run and three RBI. Buster Posey added three hits as well with two
runs scored and an RBI for the NL West-leading Giants, who are still one-half
game ahead of Los Angeles and won for the 10th time in 15 tries.
"Good win for us, good comeback," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "The guys
did a great job of having another big inning to save us."
Jose Mijares picked up the win in relief and Clay Hensley got the final out of
the game for his third save. Starter Barry Zito was reached for four runs in
four innings in the no-decision.
The Giants posted a 10-1 victory Friday night and will begin a big three-game
series at L.A. on Monday. Since the All-Star break, the Giants have won 11 of
their last 15 road games.
San Diego has lost five in a row and six of seven games since a six-game
winning streak, and had a two-run rally in the ninth inning come up short.
Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin both homered and combined for four RBI, while
Padres starter Eric Stults did not record a decision after he permitted five
runs and nine hits in six innings. Brad Brach was dealt the loss for giving up
two runs in the seventh inning.
"We don't give up. We play hard for 27 outs," Headley said. "We gave them a
game there at the end."
Headley is batting .328 with eight homers and 24 RBI in his last 17 games. The
Padres will begin a three-game series versus Pittsburgh Monday, and have been
outscored 36-9 over their last five games.
The Padres have lost eight of 11 matchups with San Francisco this season and
went 6-12 in the season series a year ago.
08/19 10:38:00 ET