05/17/10 11:49 PM ET
Padres go for eight straight over Giants
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
After Monday's 3-1 win over the Giants, San Diego is 7-0 against San Francisco this year and will look to extend that streak to eight games Tuesday at PETCO Park behind Latos, who is 2-0 and has yet to allow a run against the Giants in 16 innings this season.
Latos last started against the Giants on Thursday when he threw his first career shutout and won the game, 1-0, after knocking in the game's lone run with an RBI single in the fifth inning against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who will also be starting Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Latos, who is 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA this season, has certainly impressed Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley.
"He's maturing mentally and physically and he's learning how to make pitches when he needs to," Balsley said. "I think his preparation has gotten better. He's learning. I think early in the season, he got his tail kicked a few times. He's learned from that."
Latos is on a roll right now, as before his shutout he threw eight scoreless innings against the Astros and currently has an 18-inning scoreless streak.
"He pitched brilliant in his last start and followed it up with another gem. ... That's the only way I can describe it," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Sanchez, meanwhile, has also been impressive this season with a 2.66 ERA but has suffered two tough losses against the Padres already this season. He's allowed two runs in 15 innings in two starts against San Diego but lost both games, 1-0.
"The only thing I need to change is not giving up any runs," the left-hander said.
Sanchez has a 2.37 ERA in 15 career appearances against San Diego and threw a no-hitter against them last July 10. But he has just a 2-4 record against the Padres because of hard luck. Sanchez, though, realizes there's not much he can do to change that bad fortune.
"I have to go with what I have," Sanchez said. "Sometimes I don't have my curveball. Sometimes I don't have my changeup."
Giants: More rehab time for Sanchez
The Giants were prepared to activate injured second baseman Freddy Sanchez from his stint on the disabled list Monday but decided to push it back later in the week to make sure he's ready. Sanchez, who has recovered from left shoulder surgery, went 6-for-9 with Class A San Jose before joining Triple-A Fresno, where he was 2-for-9 with three walks in three games. "Could we rush him? Yeah," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But at this point of the season, we decided to make sure he's ready and comfortable."
Padres: Young has setback
The San Diego Padres transferred right-hander Chris Young to the 60-day disabled list Monday and shut down his throwing for the next few weeks after he suffered a setback with his strained right shoulder, which had him originally placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7. "He's still a few weeks away with a baseball in his hand," Black said. "There's some straining of certain muscles in the rotator cuff and in around the capsule, which is common for a lot of pitchers. With C.Y. it was a little more extensive so you need a little more time to let the strains and inflammation calm down."
The Padres have yet to trail the Giants in any of their seven wins against them this season. They've gone 17-8 against their National League West rival since the start of last season, which includes going 11-2 against the Giants at PETCO Park since the start of 2009. ... Padres second baseman David Eckstein went 2-for-4 on Monday and is batting .324 (24-for-74) over his last 19 games. ... Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-2 on Monday and has now hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games against the Padres, batting .364 (24-for-66) over that stretch.
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