The Giants face the Padres in the second game of a 3 game series tonight at Petco Park in San Diego. First pitch is 5:40 PT. Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.35 ERA) gets the start for the Giants against left-hander Eric Stults (0-2, 5.52 ERA). The Padres took the first game last night with a 2-1 win.
This is the fourth time Tim Hudson will be pitching the next game after a Giants loss. He has come through every time with the Giants a perfect 3-0 in his starts. Hudson is the only pitcher in baseball to make it in to the 8th inning in all 3 starts.
The Giants are in danger of losing 3 straight for the first time this season. The lineups for tonight’s game.
Tonight's #SFGiants lineup: Pagan cf Pence rf Posey c Morse lf Sandoval 3b Belt 1b Arias 2b Crawford ss Hudson p
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Hudson can’t do it alone. The Giants offense has been asleep lately, scoring only 12 runs in their last 6 games. That needs to change, and quickly. Tonight could be a good start, opponents are hitting .328 off Padres starter Stults.
Buster Posey is hitting 3rd tonight. Michael Morse gets the clean-up role and Pablo Sandoval has bounced down to 5th in the order. Bruce Bochy is shuffling some things around in hopes of getting the offense going. Having your best hitter batting 3rd should help with that.
The Giants have played 8 straight one run games going 4-4 over that span. It’s the most in baseball since the Twins played 8 straight in July 2005.
The Giants have just stopped hitting with runners in scoring position. They have hit just .125 (7 for 56) over their last 7 games. When the Giants were scoring a lot of runs and winning games earlier this season, that was a key to those wins. If the Giants want to avoid their first losing streak this season, the offense has to step it up.