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  W: N. Crismatt (3-1)   L: K. Gausman (14-6)
12:45 PM PT1:45 PM MT2:45 PM CT3:45 PM ET15:45 ET19:45 GMT3:45 12:45 PM MST2:45 PM EST3:15 PM VEN23:45 UAE1:45 PM CT, September 16, 2021
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 23,379

Giants aim to bounce back in finale vs. Padres

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San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

  1. The Giants lead the season series five games to four. Three of the five wins by the Giants have been by one run. The Padres won 11-1 in the last meeting, back on May 9. The 10-point loss was the Giants' largest margin of defeat this season.
  2. The Padres were swept by the Dodgers this weekend, and they were shut out in two of the three games. They are hitting just .211 in nine games in September compared to .230 in August and .260 in July. San Diego is 8-19 in its last 27 games.
  3. The Giants have won a season-high seven games in a row, six of them on the road. They are hitting .335 with 36 extra base hits over those seven games. With a win tonight, they will clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2016.
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0-for-3 on Sunday but was 6-for-10 in his previous three games. He is a career .234 hitter against the Giants, but nine of his 26 career hits have been home runs.
  5. Wilmer Flores had three hits in his first game back from a strained left hamstring. It was his first three-hit game since he hit four on June 28. One of his hits yesterday was a home run. Flores' 18 home runs this season tie his career high, which he set in 2017 with the Mets.
  6. Yu Darvish defeated the Angels last Wednesday for his first win since June 21. He is 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA at Petco Park this season compared to 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA on the road. Dominic Leone has made two career starts in 286 career games; both have been this month.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2021 thru 9/16/2021

Right-hander Kevin Gausman will continue his pursuit of the lead position in the San Francisco Giants' playoff rotation when the National League West leaders wrap up a four-game home series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon.

The Giants (95-51) won the first two games of the series, including a 9-1 decision in the series opener on Monday to clinch an NL playoff spot. However, the Padres prevailed 9-6 on Wednesday to end San Francisco's nine-game winning streak.

With the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers (94-53) having won six in a row, San Francisco's division lead is down to 1 1/2 games. The runner-up in that race will be relegated to the NL wild-card game.

The Giants currently would have three solid options should they fall into that contest, with Gausman, Logan Webb and Anthony DeSclafani all pitching well of late.

After a shaky start to the second half of the season after earning an All-Star nod, Gausman (14-5, 2.65 ERA) has gone 5-0 with a 3.50 ERA in his past eight starts. His win total leads the Giants.

The 30-year-old pitched brilliantly in three earlier starts against the Padres this season, allowing just one run and lasting at least six innings in each. He went 2-0 in those starts, making him 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in five games (four starts) against the Padres in his career.

San Diego (75-70) looms as a potential opponent for either the Giants or Dodgers in the wild-card game. The Padres, who ended a five-game losing streak Wednesday, will take the field Thursday one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals (76-69) in the chase for the last NL spot.

After getting six effective innings from Joe Musgrove in Wednesday's win, the Padres have exhausted their three healthy starters with Chris Paddack and Blake Snell both injured.

San Diego signed veteran Vince Velasquez off the scrap heap on Wednesday, and he might get a start Friday or Saturday in St. Louis.

Waived earlier this week by another playoff contender, the Philadelphia Phillies, Velasquez said Wednesday he's glad to have landed on his feet in another potential high-impact situation.

"It's unfortunate that they lost two of their starters, but I've got a lot left in the tank," he said. "I'm here to demonstrate what I'm capable of doing and help them out."

The Padres likely will resort to a bullpen game in the series finale at San Francisco. Right-hander Pierce Johnson (3-3, 2.98 ERA) is the probable opener after he allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief on Tuesday. He is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in six career outings, all in relief, vs. the Giants.

The San Diego bullpen already has been busy in the series, having been called upon 13 times in the three games.

Four relievers were effective in the Monday loss, combining for one run allowed in four innings, but the nine who were summoned Tuesday and Wednesday served up a combined six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Whoever gets the ball for the Padres would be wise to keep it in the ballpark. Eight Giants have combined for nine homers in the three games, with Brandon Belt going deep twice.

Four of the homers, all solo shots, came after the Giants fell behind 5-0 on Wednesday.

San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said, "I was pretty proud of the way the guys fought there at the end. There was no quit in us. We were fighting all the way through the end. Our pitchers just had a tough day."

The Padres have countered with just one homer in the series, that coming off the bat of Jurickson Profar on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 16, 2021

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