This is one that the Giants will quickly put behind them. You have to do that with 10-2 defeats.
Madison Bumgarner, last season’s post-season Superman, proved that he really is human as the Padres’ struck often and early, knocking out MadBum after just three innings. In all, Bumgarner allowed 10 hits and 5 runs, striking out 4 in his short stint. MadBum admittedly “was a little off,” as he struggled with his mechanics and location, getting too many balls up in the strike zone. Ryan Vogelsong didn’t fare much better, allowing 9 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) during his 3 ⅔ innings. This is the second consecutive difficult outing for Vogelsong whose ERA now stands at 11.88.
This is the firepower that the Padres were anticipating when they shelled out millions this off season to invigorate a lackluster offense. San Diego rapped out 20 hits in total, scoring 10 runs, 9 of them earned. Conversely, the Giants’ offense struggled again for the third consecutive night in San Diego, managing just 5 hits and two runs, with the lone highlight being Joaquin Arias’ first homer of the season. The Giants’ offense has generated only three runs in the first three games here. Casey McGehee went down in the first inning with a strained knee, becoming the third Giants starter to be sidelined by injury in this young season. The G-men are hoping to get good news today on his prognosis – with McGehee, Belt, and Pence out, the offense faces an uphill battle. The Giants are still expecting Brandon Belt to get back in the lineup when they return home to face the Rockies in the home opener tomorrow afternoon.
The Giants hope to even the series this afternoon in the finale, and will send former Padre and Cy Young winner Jake Peavy to the mound to face Tyson Ross. Peavy is recovering from a lower back strain which caused him to miss his first start. Manager Bruce Bochy stated that Peavy was fine after his last bullpen session and you can be sure that Peavy will be fired up on the hill today against his former team in San Diego. With a victory, the Giants will end their first road trip with a winning record and stay ahead of rivals Los Angeles and San Diego in the standings.