Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.00 ERA) and Paul Clemens (2-5, 5.44 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (77-65) and the San Diego Padres (59-84) at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and can be seen on CSBA and FSSD.
Samardzija pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Brandon Belt (.273, 67 Rs, 15 HRs, 72 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Clemens went 4.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 5-1 defeat to the Red Sox in his last outing. Yangervis Solarte (.285, 51 Rs, 15 HRs, 64 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Giants hold a 37-23 record in matchups against NL West rivals, while the Padres currently sit at 25-32 in these games.
San Diego has won 41% (23-33) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, San Francisco has won 56% (29-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Padres are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Giants have a 7-12 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 55-16. The Padres have a 42-9 record when outhitting opponents.
San Francisco and San Diego both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. San Francisco sits at 16th with 634 runs this season and San Diego ranks 20th with 608.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .733.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 30-61. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 36-50 record.