SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 21: Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at AT&T Park on April 21, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
There will be days this season when the Padres offense wins a slugfest to bail out a bad pitching performance. But, I fear those days will be greatly outnumbered by what we saw in San Francisco this weekend.
I mean, it takes some effort to only give up just 10 runs in a 3-game series and get swept, but the Padres pulled it off. San Diego lost in San Francisco 5-0 on Sunday, suffering a sweep by the Bay.
San Diego native Barry Zito had not beaten his home town team in nearly 2 years, but he threw seven shutout innings, striking out four, to get his 3rd win of the season (the Padres only have 5 wins).
Padres starter Eric Stults gave up a 2-run double to Angel Pagan in the 3rd inning to put San Francisco up 2-0. Pablo Sandoval added an RBI single to center.
Any hope of a comeback was eliminated in the 5th inning when Buster Posey hit his first home run of the year, a 2-run shot off Stults to make it 5-0 Giants.
The lone Padres highlight came in the 6th, when Joaquin Arias hit a long drive to left field and OF Kyle Blanks made a tremendous catch running in to the wall. The lenses on Blanks' glasses flew off, leaving a cut on his eyelid that required 4 stitches. Other than that, Blanks was fine.
The Padres only got two runs over the weekend, and have been held scoreless for 21 straight innings. It's a far cry from the first three games of their road trip, when the Friars scored 22 runs in a sweep of the Dodgers.