Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stellar Shields, Padres' offense best shaky Bumgarner

The Padres chased postseason hero Madison Bumgarnerafter three innings Saturday, getting 20 hits on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Giants before a sold-out crowd at Petco Park.
James Shields (1-0) won for the first time with the Padres, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts. One of his few mistakes was the home run he allowed to Joaquin Arias in the fourth inning.
Matt Kemp and Justin Upton combined for six hits and three RBIs as the Padres have won two of the first three games of the series from the Giants. Kemp had four hits, a season high.
"We were waiting for one of these games to happen," Kemp said of the offensive outburst. "It felt good to get up early and get some hits."
About that offense: In the eighth inning Friday, the Padres snapped a scoreless-innings streak of 22 frames by scoring a single run. They had no such funk against Bumgarner, dinging him early and often. In fact, the Padres had 10 hits in their first 16 at-bats, with four consecutive hits coming in the third inning.
"We made up for the last few nights in one night," said Padres third basemanWill MiddlebrooksMore >
Bumgarner bashed: Suffice it to say that this wasn't the same guy who dominated last October's postseason, not to mention Arizona on Opening Night. Every Padres starter except Wil Myers and Shields collected at least one hit off Bumgarner.
"I was a little off," said Bumgarner, who got a little side-to-side in his delivery, which flattened out his pitches. "I was struggling to put pitches where I wanted to." More >
Big arm, big bat? Shields, who in February signed the largest deal in club history (four years, $75 million), didn't just win his first game, he had his first hit of the season, a hit-and-run single to right in the sixth inning that set up a run.More >
Scoring runs was a real problem for the Padres in 2014, first inning or otherwise. And while the sample size is small (six games), San Diego has already scored six first-inning runs, including two on Saturday. Last season, they managed only 62 first-inning runs all season -- yes, all season.
The first three Padres hitters -- Myers, Yangervis Solarte and Kemp -- combined for nine hits, four runs and four RBIs. Every one of the Padres starters had a hit. The 19 hits were the most as a team since getting 20 on Aug. 1 of last season against the Braves.
Giants: Former Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, who won the 2007 National League Cy Young Award while with San Diego, gets the start in 1:10 p.m. PT series finale Sunday. It will be the second time he's faced his former team. He had a no-decision last September against the Padres while with the Giants.
Padres: Tyson Ross gets the start Sunday for the Padres in the 1:10 p.m. PT series finale against the Giants. Ross allowed two runs in six innings the last time out, a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday. He defeated the Giants twice last season in his only two starts against them.

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