Padres bid adieu to Giants for 2008
San Diego (57-92) vs. San Francisco (67-81), Sun., 1:05 p.m. PT
SAN DIEGO -- So long to you, the San Francisco Giants. And good riddance, too.
That's likely the company line the Padres are toting as they go into the last meeting of the season against the Giants.
Heading into Sunday's series and season finale against the Giants, the Padres, who last year seemingly couldn't lose to San Francisco, are just 5-12 in 2008.
That's a far cry from last season when the 89-victory Padres, who fell one win shy of the postseason, went 14-4 against the Giants.
So what changed? Try pitching. The Padres have scored three or fewer runs in 11 of their 17 meetings against the Giants.
Tim Lincecum, who got the victory Saturday against the Padres and is thought to be the leading contender for the National League Cy Young Award, faced San Diego six times in 2008, going 3-0.
Barry Zito, who gets the start Sunday, has been another thorn in the Padres' side. He is 2-0 this season with a 1.69 ERA in two starts against San Diego.
SD: RHP Cha Seung Baek (5-10, 5.07 ERA)
Six days after getting shelled by the Dodgers, Baek rebounded to win his first start at PETCO Park this season by limiting the surging Dodgers to three hits over seven scoreless innings. Just six days earlier, Baek, one of a handful of pitchers who are being evaluated for next season, allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. But on Monday, he threw a lot of strikes, walked two and struck out two. He got nine ground-ball outs and nine fly-ball outs and generally worked fast. The Padres think Baek is a pitcher who can help fill out the back end of the rotation in 2009.
Zito received a no-decision in his last start, a six-inning gem against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He gave up five hits, allowed two runs, walked three and struck out nine. He even drove in a run. Zito is 3-1 over his last five starts with a 3.89 ERA. He's 6-6 with a 4.41 ERA on the road this season and PETCO Park is one of his favorites. He's 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA there in four games, including his only career relief appearance. Tidbits
Right fielder Brian Giles has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games since Aug. 19. His .449 on-base percentage since that date ranks ninth in the National League. ... Rookie left fielder Chase Headley got the day off Saturday, his first since July 28. He is 6-for-his-last-35 with 16 strikeouts. ... After starting the season in a 1-for-21 slump, rookie second baseman Matt Antonelli had five hits in his next eight at-bats heading into Saturday's game. ... Don't look for outfielder Chip Ambres in the lineup anytime soon. Ambres strained his left knee running out a ground ball Friday and manager Bud Black said he's "concerned" about the injury. ... San Diego relievers have appeared in 11 games this month, allowing one or fewer runs in nine of those outings. Tickets
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Monday: Padres (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1, 5.40) at Rockies (Greg Reynolds, 2-6, 6.60), 5:35 p.m. PT
Tuesday: Padres (Shawn Estes, 2-2, 3.82) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 10-12, 4.18), 5:35 p.m. PT
Wednesday: Padres (Josh Geer, 2-0, 3.18) at Rockies (Jeff Francis, 4-10, 5.01), 12:05 p.m. PT
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.