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Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., Nov. 17
The Padres went to San Francisco hoping to get a win and go into the weekend looking to get even after dropping 2 of 3 in Arizona, but it wasn't to be, San Diego dropped the first game of the three-game series to the Giants, 5-1.
The Giants have formidable pitching and a potent offense, and so the Padres found out that they're going to have their hands full with this series. All was calm until the fourth inning, and the Padres struck first but it would be their only attack that drew blood for the entire game.
With one out, Chase Headley hit his 29th homer of the season, this one over the right field wall off of a change-up from Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. The Padres got out to a very brief 1-0 lead in San Francisco.
With one out, Casey Kelly found himself in trouble facing the Giants lineup. Brandon Belt drew a walk and then Gregor Blanco hit an infield single. Brandon Crawford then hit a single into left field and Belt scored and the Giants evened things, 1-1 after four innings.
But the Giants were far from done. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Marco Scutaro opened the frame with a walk and Pablo Sandoval singed, Scutaro taking third base with no one out.
Buster Posey then singled to left field plating Scutaro. At the end of five innings, the Giants had a 2-1 lead on the Padres, and they looked for more in the next inning, and they hit pay-dirt.
After the Padres foiled a scoring chance with Chase Headley getting thrown out at home plate after walking with two outs and trying to score on a Yasmani Grandal double, the Giants got their own two-out revenge on the Padres.
With Casey Kelly up on the pitch-count, Angel Pagan tripled off of Tommy Layne and Cory Burns was brought in as relief. Burns then gave up a single to Marco Scutaro to score Pagan, and then Pablo Sandoval homered and the Giants broke the game open and led 5-1 after six innings.
The Padres could come up with no offensive answer and the Giants didn't need one. Jeremy Affeldt, Santagio Casilla, and Aubrey Huff closed it out for the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong went to 13-9 while Casey Kelly fell to 2-2.
Huston Street was fresh off of the disabled list as of Thursday, but he didn't pitch. No surprise, what with the Padres being behind, but again, don't be surprised that he might not pitch unless he is absolutely needed. Huston is a gamer and he wants to be in there, but no use in burning that calf unless it's ready, and those injuries are sketchy. We'll see what happens in a tight game, stay tuned.
Carlos Quentin is still nursing that sore knee, but he's determined to get back in and play some in the closing games. While he wasn't in the lineup on Thursday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com manager Buddy Black said he was available to pinch-hit. Quentin is intense and he's a team player and smart money says you'll see him in the lineup a few times before the last games of the season.
Saturday, Andrew Werner (2-1, 3.68) goes for the Padres and will face Madison Bumgarner (15-10, 3.26) of the Giants. Game time is 6:05 PM, PDST, catch the sound on XX 1090 AM. Or else, catch the televised broadcast on Fox Sports San Diego. Unless you have AT&T U-Verse (does anyone really subscribe to this?), or Time Warner (congrats on getting the Red Zone on your cable signal, morons, how about getting in line with the rest of the sports world?), in which case, you're on your own.