(Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval has been on a tear at the perfect time for
the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants, whose magic number to clinch a
second division title in three years is now two.
Sandoval and the Giants look to move closer to that achievement tonight in the
second portion of a three-game series versus the San Diego Padres at AT&T
Park. In Friday's 5-1 win over the division-rival Padres, Sandoval went 3-
for-3 with a two-run home run. He has homered in three straight games (4
total) with nine RBI in that time. Sandoval also is riding a five-game hitting
streak with four straight multi-hit efforts.
"I've been seeing the ball well," Sandoval said afterward. "I'm not going to
lie to you."
Ryan Vogelsong got back into the win column with six innings of one-run ball
for the Giants, who have won five straight and nine of 10 games. San Francisco
is unbeaten in its last six games at home and was coming off a four-game sweep
of the Colorado Rockies.
The Giants are scheduled to host Arizona for three games on the current
homestand. In other team news, it was announced Friday that suspended Giants
outfielder Melky Cabrera has been removed from consideration for the National
League batting title. Cabrera, who is serving a 50-game penalty for testing
positive for testosterone, requested that his name be removed from
consideration for the title, leading to the Players' Association and the MLB
working out a one-time amendment to Rule 10.22(a).
"After giving this matter the consideration it deserves, I have decided that
Major League Baseball will comply with Mr. Cabrera's request," MLB
commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "I respect his gesture as a sign
of his regret and his desire to move forward, and I believe that, under these
circumstances, the outcome is appropriate, particularly for Mr. Cabrera's
peers who are contending for the batting crown."
Cabrera has a .346 average, while Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen is now the
current leader in the NL with a .339 average, followed by the Giants' Buster
Posey, who is batting .335.
Madison Bumgarner was able to end a four-start winless streak his last time
out and now shoots for back-to-back wins tonight for the Giants. Bumgarner
held the Rockies to a run and four hits in six innings of a 2-1 win on Monday,
but issued a career-high five walks.
Bumgarner picked up his 15th win (15-10), the first Giants lefty to do that
since 2000, and has an earned run average of 3.26 in 30 starts. He is 2-0 in
three starts against the Padres this season and 3-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 11
career games, 10 of which have been starts, in this series.
San Diego lost for the fourth time in seven tries last night, and its chances
for a wild card berth are slim at eight games off the pace.
Casey Kelly was dealt the loss and allowed two runs on seven hits and four
walks over 4 1/3 innings.
"I think the walks came back and got him," Padres manager Bud Black said of
Kelly. "He wasn't wild, just couldn't hit his spots."
Chase Headley homered and Will Venable ended with three hits in defeat.
Headley went deep for the seventh time this month and is batting .284 with 29
homers and 106 RBI this season.
Padres rookie Andrew Werner gets the call this evening and is 2-1 with a 3.68
ERA in five starts. Werner was roughed up in a no-decision versus Colorado on
Sunday and gave up five runs in five innings of a 12-11 win. It was the first
time he allowed more than two runs in his major league career.
Werner, a left-hander, has never faced San Francisco and will make the second
road start of his career.
San Francisco is 9-4 against the Padres this season.
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