Most observers dismissed the Padres after their 5-14 start, but there are signs of life in San Diego. The San Diego Padres won their second straight Friday behind Cory Luebke, who’s quietly become the staff ace. Catcher Nick Hundley has rebounded nicely from an 0-for-21 start, and tied a career high with four hits Friday. The Padres should also get a boost soon from outfielder Carlos Quentin, who’s set to begin a rehab assignment next week.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval extended his franchise-record, season-opening hitting streak to 20 games on Friday, but the news wasn’t as good for Freddy Sanchez. The veteran second baseman, who dislocated his shoulder last June 10, was pulled from his rehab assignment Friday and will rest for the next few days. Emmanuel Burriss and Ryan Theriot have been sharing time at second base in Sanchez’s absence.
Padres Giants Betting
When: 9:05 PM ET, Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 9:05 p.m. ET, FS San Diego (San Diego), NBC Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Anthony Bass (1-2, 2.33 ERA) vs. Giants RH Tim Lincecum (1-2, 8.20)
Bass began the season in the bullpen before moving to the rotation because of injuries to Dustin Moseley and Tim Stauffer. He is 3-1 in six career starts with a 1.78 ERA, and has a 0.00 ERA over 8 1/3 innings in four relief appearances against the Giants.
Lincecum has struggled in his first four starts, but earned his first win Monday against the Mets when he allowed one run on four hits and five walks over five innings. Lincecum is 9-4 with a 1.96 ERA in 18 starts against the Padres, and Cameron Maybin is 3-for-16 (.188) with six strikeouts against him.
1. The Padres are placing outfielder Jeremy Hermida (hip flexor) on the disabled list and promoting Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Tucson.
2. After hitting .111 (3-for-27) in his first seven games, Giants outfielder Angel Pagan has hit safely in a career-high 12 games.
3. Padres third baseman Chase Headley has hit safely in 16 of the last 18 games and batting .323 (20-for-62) during that stretch.