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Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 9,219

Padres-Giants square off for third series this season

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

  1. The Padres, Giants and Cardinals lead the National League with 18 wins. San Diego and San Francisco have split six games this season, all six played in San Diego. There have been only 35 combined runs scored in the six games (SF 18, SD 17).
  2. The Padres started the season 10-10, but have gone 3-0-1 in series since April 22, and are now just 0.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West. San Diego has a 2.75 team ERA since April 22, fourth best in the majors.
  3. The Giants went 2-4 on their six-game road trip, and have now lost back-to-back series for the first time this season. Since April 26, San Francisco has scored 38 runs in its four wins, compared to 20 runs in its five losses.
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. (21 runs, 19 hits) is one of just four players with as many (or more) runs scored than hits (minimum 10 hits this season). The other three are the Rays' Mike Zunino (14 R, 13 H), the Reds' Eugenio Suarez (15 R, 15 H) and the Dodgers' Chris Taylor (25 R, 25 H).
  5. Evan Longoria is hitting .478/.636/1.087 in 33 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, compared to .200/.254/.273 in 59 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers. Longoria has more home runs (4) than strikeouts (3) versus left-handers this season.
  6. Including the postseason, Blake Snell has failed to complete 6.0 innings in 27 consecutive starts. The last time he went 6.0+ innings was July 21, 2019 with Tampa Bay versus the White Sox. Anthony DeSclafani has won his first two home starts as a Giant, and he has given up zero runs in 15.0 innings of work.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/7/2021 thru 5/9/2021
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

For the third time this season, the San Diego Padres face the leaders of the National League West the next three days in San Francisco.

And for the third time this season, the Padres will be playing the Giants.

But the two events are unrelated. The first two times the Padres played the division leader, that team was the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now the Giants are on top, by a half game over the Padres, as the teams meet for the last time until mid-September when they play 10 times over the final 19 games of the season.

Further, the Giants haven't played the Dodgers yet -- although those California rivals will play seven times before May is over.

The Padres and Giants have split their first six meets. All six of those games were played in San Diego.

Both managers know the other team is real from the results of their first six meetings.

The winning team scored exactly three runs over the first four games before the Padres won 6-2 on May 1 and the Giants won 7-1 the following day. After six games, the Giants have an 18-17 edge in runs.

"We've played two very competitive series with the Giants," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Wednesday night. "And we'll be facing three of their best pitchers.

The series opens Friday night with left-hander Blake Snell (1-0, 3.51 ERA) of the Padres against Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (2-1, 2.00) in a rematch of May 1, which happened to be the most recent outing for both pitchers.

The Giants will follow with right-handers Kevin Gausman (2-0, 2.04) on Saturday and Johnny Cueto (2-0, 1.80) on Sunday. The Padres will start Joe Musgrove (2-3, 2.38 ERA) Saturday, but don't have a probable starter for Sunday.

"These teams match up very well," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said in San Diego during the most recent meetings. "The pitching on both sides has made it tough."

Snell picked up his first win of the season that night, holding the Giants to two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings. And DeSclafani suffered his only loss, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings.

Both Snell and DeSclafani will be making their third starts of the season against the other team.

Snell has worked five innings in both outings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and seven walks with 14 strikeouts. He didn't get a decision in the Padres' 3-2, 10-inning loss on April 7. Giants Mauricio Dubon and Darin Ruf have homered off Snell, who has pitched into the sixth in only one of his six starts this season.

In his two starts against the Padres, DeSclafani has allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings. He got a no-decision in his first start against the Padres. A three-run homer by Manny Machado beat DeSclafani in the second game.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 7, 2021

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