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Padres, Giants set for rubber match of series
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
- San Diego went 8-2 (.800) against the Giants last year, the second-best record by either team in a season in the history of the series. The Padres were 11-2 (.846) in 1996.
- San Diego won three of four games against the Diamondbacks to open the season, dropping the series finale. It was the first time since 1984 that San Diego had won its first three games of the season, and just its fourth time overall.
- San Francisco lost two of three games in Seattle, including a 4-0 setback on Saturday. It was the Giants' 23rd time being shut out since the start of the 2019 season, second most in MLB to the Marlins' 30.
- Evan Longoria and Buster Posey both homered in the Giants' first two games of the year. They are just the second Giants duo to do that since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958, joining Ray Durham and Benito Santiago in 2003.
- Through two starts last season, Anthony DeSclafani was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and .135 batting average allowed. The rest of the season (including two relief outings) he was 0-2 with a 10.72 ERA and .364 opponent batting average.
- Eric Hosmer is just the second Padres player all-time to have at least six hits and six RBI through his first three games in a season, joining Carlos Quentin (2012).
- Rodon perfect into 9th, no-hits Indians
- Red Sox sweep Twins for 9th straight win
- Dodgers win 5th straight and 10th in 11
- Acuna hits 2 HRs but Marlins win in 10
- Hinch, Tigers sweep short-handed Astros
The San Francisco Giants and Padres will have some early season motivation working for them heading into the rubber match of a three-game series on Wednesday in San Diego.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler routinely stresses the importance of winning series, particularly at home. A win Wednesday would give the Padres a 5-2 record and a pair of series wins for their opening homestand.
San Francisco went 2-8 against the Padres in 2020. A victory on Wednesday for the Giants would equal that win total.
Left-hander Blake Snell (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for San Diego against San Francisco right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-0, 1.35).
The Padres evened the series with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night that was, essentially, San Diego's second "win" of the day.
Four hours before the game's first pitch, the Padres learned shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will not need surgery to repair the partial dislocation of his left shoulder. Tatis might return from the injured list in as few as 10 days.
"Overall, it was a pretty positive medical report," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. "The rotator cuff, bone structure, muscle structure, all look good. There is some slight labral tearing. He's in good spirits with full range of motion.
Preller said Tatis felt so good Tuesday that he lobbied to get back into the lineup. The Padres, however, want him to spend at least the next 10 days work on exercises to strengthen the shoulder and contemplate changes to the way he plays the game.
"We will see how he responds," Preller said. "I wouldn't rule anything out. We talked about risk factors a lot with the doctors. This is not something putting him at risk if he plays. We will re-evaluate if it happens again. If surgery is the answer, surgery will fix it."
Snell will be making his second start for the Padres.
The former American Cy Young Award winner allowed four hits and struck out eight in 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Snell tossed 86 pitches and exited one out shy of qualifying for his first win as a Padre.
Snell will be facing the Giants for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, Gausman was San Francisco's Opening Day starter and earned accolades from manager Gabe Kapler after his longest outing with the team. The 30-year-old Gausman held the Mariners to one run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in Seattle.
"I thought he did a great job," Kapler said of Gausman. "It was a tremendous outing. His velocity dipped only slightly with the last couple hitters."
Gausman was 3-3 last season with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.106 WHIP in 12 appearances (10 starts) with the Giants. He had 79 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings with essentially a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The former first-round draft pick (fourth overall in 2012 out of LSU) did not record a decision in two appearances (one start) against the Padres in 2020. Gausman allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out 10 Padres without issuing a walk.
--Field Level Media
Updated April 7, 2021