Pablo Sandoval’s journey back to the Giants’ organization wasn’t easy by any stretch. But the third baseman sent the 2017 season off in dramatic fashion Sunday, launching a walk-off home run to lift the Giants to a victory in the season finale over the Padres, 5-4.
The Giants and Padres will say goodbye to the 2017 season in the rubber game on Sunday at AT&T Park. San Francisco will send Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.43 ERA) to the bump against Padres righty Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.65 ERA). Perdomo’s 16 quality starts this season lead the Padres’ rotation.
The Padres want Jhoulys Chacin back in their starting rotation next season. Chacin reiterated this week that the feeling is mutual. Now, for the tricky part.
Down to their final strike Saturday, the Padres came through to break a five-game losing streak. Austin Hedges roped a two-out RBI double over the head of Giants right fielder Hunter Pence to plate two runs and powering San Diego to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Giants.
A day before the Giants were set to say goodbye to veteran Matt Cain, Chris Stratton once again showed he’s a worthy candidate to fill Cain’s spot in next year’s rotation. The rookie right-hander turned in 6 2/3 strong innings to power the Giants to an 8-0 triumph over the Padres on Friday.
After 2,080 2/3 regular-season innings and 330 starts in a Giants uniform, right-hander Matt Cain will get the ball one final time for Saturday’s matinee vs. the Padres, the regular season’s penultimate game.
Padres fans will get a glimpse of their future on Saturday as several of the club’s top prospects will take the field against a group of Rangers prospects for the “Padres On Deck Game” at Petco Park where Fernando Tatis Jr. and Adrian Morejon are among those scheduled to play.
MacKenzie Gore, the Padres’ No. 1 prospect, is among several of the club’s top prospects adjusting to pro ball in instructional league.
How does the Padres’ rotation figure to shake out in 2018? When can prospect Luis Urias be expected to join the big league squad? Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers those questions and more in the Inbox.
As members of the San Francisco Giants’ brain trust ponder how to improve their last-place club for 2018, they should rethink their approach to playing the San Diego Padres. San Diego has dominated the season series, winning 11 of 16 entering the teams’ season-ending, three-game set beginning Friday at AT&T Park. Rookie right-hander Chris Stratton […]
After eight seasons in the Minors, Christian Villanueva has announced his presence emphatically, homering four times in his first nine games entering play Wednesday night. The 26-year-old third baseman is 9-for-23 (.391) with San Diego after posting an impressive .296/.369/.528 slash line for Triple-A El Paso this season.