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PETCO Park, San Diego, California Attendance: 30,561
Giants hope to continue turnaround against Padres
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
- The Giants are just 2-4 against the Padres this season and are on pace to record their first losing record versus their division rival since 2014 (went 9-10 versus San Diego). San Francisco relievers own a 10.26 ERA versus San Diego this season compared to just a 3.76 mark against all other opponents.
- San Francisco was swept at home by Miami to finish off the first half of the season, capped off with a 10-8 defeat on Sunday. The Giants lost their last four games before the break, and their 56 losses are their most all-time at the All-Star break.
- The Padres finished off the first half of the season with a 7-1 road loss to the Phillies in which they left 11 runners on base, just the eighth time they have left 10 or more runners on base (tied for the fewest in the NL) with the Rockies.
- Madison Bumgarner is expected to return for the Giants on Saturday following a DL stint that has kept him out since mid-April; prior to the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA. In his past 10 starts versus San Diego, he is 4-3 with a 2.71 ERA and three complete games.
- Clayton Richard did not receive a decision in his last start before the break, allowing just one run over 6.0 innings last Friday. Richard's 58.7 ground ball percentage and 3.17 ground ball/fly ball ratio are both tops in the National League (among ERA qualifiers).
- Buster Posey, San Francisco's lone All-Star, leads all catchers (based on primary position this season) in AVG (.324), OBP (.406), and OPS (.904) among batting title qualifiers. Posey's nine career home runs at PETCO Park are his third most at any ballpark, behind only his 48 at AT&T Park and 12 at Coors Field.
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Francisco Giants go for a series win on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. The game wraps up an abbreviated three-game trip as the Giants then return to San Francisco for a 10-game homestand.
Might the Giants be returning to respectability, too?
Hard to say but the National League West cellar-dweller did get a lift, even in a loss, with left-hander Madison Bumgarner coming back on Saturday after a nearly three-month absence with a shoulder injury.
But manager Bruce Bochy said the goal in Sunday's game really isn't much different than if the Giants were in first or last place.
"Our responsibility is to go out there and perform to the best of our ability, whether we are winning or losing," said Bochy, who directed the Giants to three World Series titles since 2010. "In that regard, it doesn't change.
"Where it may change is that when the club gets to the trading deadline or we play younger players."
The Giants have started a push toward a youth movement and that's evident in scanning their lineup. But Bochy is far from reaching for a white flag.
"We are a team that will do all it can to win," he stressed. "We've had a lot of success in this decade and we want to continue that and that is our plan right now: to keep pushing forward and to keep winning ballgames."
They do so Sunday with a starter who has spent little time in the winner's circle.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (4-10, 4.58) is tied for the most losses in the National League.
"You look at the record and you wonder what is going on?" Bochy said. "What's going on is our offense hasn't found a way to score enough runs for him, for the most part."
But Samardzija has done his part, too, which has him being the first Giant to reach the All-Star break with 10 losses since Tim Lincecum did it in 2012.
Bochy knows the right-handed Samardzija's numbers, he just doesn't believe in them.
"He's been pretty good," he said. "His record isn't indicative of how he is throwing. He has given us a lot of quality starts, quality innings, but we have a hard time scoring runs for him."
Samardzija is 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA lifetime against the Padres.
San Diego counters with Trevor Cahill, a right-hander making his third start since missing about six weeks with a sore shoulder. He has lost both his starts since returning, after winning three straight decisions before getting hurt.
Cahill's last outing was a tad rocky as he was rocked for three home runs in a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
"I feel like I made some good pitches," Cahill told MLB.com. "And (when) I didn't, they hurt me."
"He made some mistakes," Green said.
Cahill, who figures to be mentioned in numerous conversations leading up to the trading deadline, is 6-5 lifetime against the Giants with a 3.81 ERA.
Updated July 16, 2017