7/24/2012 8:01:59 AM
San Francisco improved to 30-16 at AT&T Park with a 7-1 triumph over the
Padres in Monday's opener of this three-game series, tied with Texas for the
second-best home winning percentage in the major leagues. The win was the
fifth in a row for the Giants at home as well, and the current National League
West leaders are now a sizzling 8-2 overall since the All-Star break.
The Giants set the tone early, scoring four times off San Diego's Clayton
Richard in the bottom of the first inning. Buster Posey later put the game out
of reach with a three-run homer in the fifth, helping back another solid
performance from starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
Vogelsong yielded just one run and four hits while striking out six over seven
innings of work, improving to 8-4 on the season and lowering his earned run
average to 2.26, the third-best mark in the NL.
Posey also had an RBI single in San Francisco's big first inning and finished
3-for-4 with two runs scored, giving the All-Star catcher a .545 average and
15 RBI over his last eight contests.
"He's been doing it all for us at the plate and behind the plate as always,
handles this staff great," Vogelsong said of Posey.
Melky Cabrera and Ryan Theriot also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for San
Francisco, which maintained its 1 1/2-game advantage on Los Angeles for the NL
West's top spot.
Richard surrendered all seven San Francisco runs and was reached for nine hits
before exiting after five innings.
San Diego had won seven of its last eight road tests and five of its last six
games overall prior to Monday's defeat, but has now dropped nine of its past
11 matchups at AT&T Park.
Success could be tough to come by again tonight, as Bumgarner has been usually
terrific when pitching at his home venue this season. The talented left-hander
owns a 7-1 record along with a spectacular 1.81 ERA in his eight AT&T Park
assignments, and has permitted two runs or fewer in winning each of his last
four starts there.
Bumgarner also leads the Giants staff with 11 victories in 2012, though he's
coming off a hard-luck loss at Atlanta this past Thursday. The 22-year-old
held the Braves to just three hits and struck out eight over seven innings,
but was touched for three runs (2 earned) in a 3-2 setback.
The former first-round pick has won both of his previous starts against San
Diego this season, including an Apr. 29 matchup at AT&T Park in which he fired
7 2/3 innings of one-run ball. For his career, Bumgarner is 3-2 with a 3.24
ERA in 10 meetings (9 starts) with the Padres.
Edinson Volquez will oppose Bumgarner this evening and enters off his best
showing as a Padre, with the offseason acquistion tossing a one-hit shutout to
best Houston last Thursday. It was his first victory since June 30 and lowered
his season ERA to 3.34.
Volquez hasn't been quite as effective pitching away from pitcher-friendly
Petco Park, however. In eight road starts this season, the right-hander is 3-3
with a 4.17 ERA, compared to a 2.84 mark in home games.
The 29-year-old will be facing the Giants for the first time this season and
has gone 2-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four career starts against San Francisco.
The Giants took two of three bouts from the Padres in a series held in San
Francisco in late April and are 5-2 against San Diego this season.