Buster Posey is an unlikely participant when the San Francisco Giants visit the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. The All-Star catcher missed the series opener due to an injured left thumb and the club is awaiting MRI results that will determine the length of his absence.
The Giants didn’t need much offense Monday as Jeff Samardzija tossed a three-hit shutout. The 3-0 victory was only the fourth in the last 17 road contests for the last-place Giants, who are four games behind the fourth-place Padres in the National League West. San Diego, which has dropped four straight games, recorded just one hit to the outfield on Monday - Cory Spangenberg’s eighth-inning single - and has scored only three runs in its last three games. Despite the setback, the Padres have won seven of their last 10 meetings with San Francisco.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco), FSN San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Matt Moore (4-12, 5.38 ERA) vs. Padres RH Luis Perdomo (6-8, 4.84)
Moore has set a career high for losses but has been solid over his last three outings, going 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA. The 28-year-old is 1-4 in 12 road starts with a horrific 6.71 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. Moore’s lone career start against the Padres came on July 22, when he allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings in a no-decision.
Perdomo has lost his last two decisions and is winless over his last three starts. The 24-year-old has began pitching deeper in games and has worked six or more innings in seven consecutive outings. Perdomo has posted a 3.63 ERA in three no-decisions against San Francisco this season and is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts).
1. Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval was hitless in four at-bats in the opener and is 0-for-10 over his last three games.
2. San Diego CF Manuel Margot is 0-for-10 over his last three contests after recording back-to-back three-hit performances.
3. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (forearm) will throw a bullpen session on either Tuesday or Wednesday and the team will then decide whether or not to activate him.
PREDICTION: Padres 4, Giants 3