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San Francisco Giants-San Diego Padres Weekend Series Preview

July 4th, 2014 at 1:03 PM
By Michael Almonte

'Wave your flag, wave your towel' photo (c) 2010, randychiu - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ 

The San Francisco Giants will spend the Fourth of July weekend in San Diego against the Padres for a three-game series and quick five-game road trip.

The 47-38 Giants enter the series in second place, 0.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the 38-47 Padres sit in third place in the National League West. The Giants finished a brutal homestand by going 2-8 and they are 5-17 in their last 22 games.

Today's matchup has Matt Cain (1-6) taking on Eric Stults (2-11). Cain is 7-13 lifetime versus the Padres with a 3.19 ERA and 203 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 3:40 pm.

Saturday will see a battle between Tim Hudson (7-5) and Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0). Hudson owns a 7-3 career record facing the Padres with a 2.93 ERA and 73 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 pm.

'July 4th Giants vs Dodgers' photo (c) 2008, Sam Purtill - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Sunday's series finale features Tim Lincecum (7-5) facing Jeese Hahn (4-1). Lincecum is 15-6 all-time against the Padres with a 2.35 ERA and 210 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

The Giants are 4-5 versus the Padres this season, 1-2 at Petco Park and 21-19 overall against the NL West. They are 13-9 on the road versus the NL West and 22-15 overall on the road this year. 

The team has scored five runs or more just once in their last 11 games and the club is 34-11 this year when scoring first. 

Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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