They might not have much better luck against Madison Bumgarner , who has been nearly as tough to score on at AT&T Park.
Bumgarner looks to win his fifth straight in San Francisco and help the NL West-leading Giants continue their impressive surge since the All-Star break Tuesday night against the Padres.
San Francisco (54-42) opened a 10-game homestand by beating San Diego 7-1 on Monday to maintain its 1 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles. Buster Posey hit a three-run homer - one of his three hits - and finished with four RBIs, while Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera also had three hits apiece. It was the fifth straight win at AT&T Park for the Giants, who are tied for the majors' second-best home record at 30-16.
San Francisco improved to 8-2 since the break, and its offense is coming around. The Giants have plated at least six runs five times in their last seven games after reaching the six-run mark five times in their previous 31 contests.
Posey and Cabrera are leading the resurgent offense, with Posey batting .545 with two homers and 15 RBIs in the last eight games and Cabrera hitting .441 with 11 runs scored."I'm just trying to have a good approach every time out," Posey said.
Posey was behind the plate to catch Vogelsong, who allowed four hits over seven innings to lower his home ERA to 1.41.
Bumgarner (11-6, 3.12 ERA) has been almost as good at AT&T Park, going 7-1 with a 1.81 ERA in eight starts and compiling a 1.14 ERA in winning his last four there. Against the Padres (41-57) in San Francisco on April 29, the left-hander gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings in a 4-1 victory. The Giants have won his last five starts in the series.
San Francisco is 5-2 against the Padres this year, and has won nine of 11 meetings at AT&T Park.
Chase Headley , who leads San Diego with 11 homers and 50 RBIs, is 4 for 29 with a double and three RBIs in eight games in San Francisco since the start of last season. His double came off Bumgarner in the Giants' 6-5 win at Petco Park on June 6, Headley's lone hit in six at-bats against him this season.
The Padres give the ball to Edinson Volquez (6-7, 3.34), who threw a one-hitter for his first complete game in Thursday's 1-0 win over Houston. The righty struck out five and walked three, and the lone hit was an infield single in the fourth inning that bounced off his glove.
"To do it in the major leagues, complete game, one-hit shutout, that was good," said the righty who leads the majors with 70 walks.
Volquez is 3-0 with a 1.34 ERA in his last five starts, with the Padres winning each after going 1-5 with a 5.72 ERA in his previous seven. He has been hit-or-miss in his four lifetime starts against the Giants, however, posting a 2.08 ERA in two of the games but a 16.50 ERA in the other two.
Bumgarner's last start came in Atlanta on Thursday, and he gave up only three hits over seven innings, but two of them were solo homers. He ended up permitting three runs while striking out eight in a 3-2 loss.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 18, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 04, 2012||Andrew Cashner||15-Day DL||Strained muscle in right side|
|June 21, 2012||Anthony Bass||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 10, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained neck|
|June 04, 2012||Will Venable||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|June 04, 2012||Eric Stults||15-Day DL||Strained left latissimus dorsi muscle|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 18, 2012||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|July 17, 2012||Hector Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Left knee sprain|
|June 26, 2012||Shane Loux||15-Day DL||Strained neck|
|June 14, 2012||Aubrey Huff||Day-to-Day||Sprained right knee|
|June 11, 2012||Aubrey Huff||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|June 07, 2012||Melky Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right hamstring|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Brandon Crawford had Angel Pagan to thank for the chance to deliver his first career game-winner.
Crawford hit an RBI single in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Tuesday night, their ninth victory in 11 games since the All-Star break.
"When you hit the ball well you are going to have confidence no matter the situation," Crawford said.
Pagan had the defensive play of the game, making a sensational catch and turning it into a double play that ended the eighth inning.
"That was one of the best plays of my career," Pagan said of a diving grab on the left-center field warning track, reminiscent of Gregor Blanco 's catch that preserved Matt Cain 's perfect game. "I wanted a good jump to try and prevent the runner from scoring."
Instead, he gloved Carlos Quentin 's long drive and had the presence to quickly jump up and throw toward first. Crawford went into the outfield, and the shortstop's relay to first doubled up Chase Headley .
"It's going to be hard to find a better catch than Pagan's," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It goes to show that defense can win a ballgame."
He was not going to get an argument from Padres manager Bud Black .
"A fabulous catch by Pagan," he said. "No doubt about it, saved the game. One of the best catches I've seen in a long, long time."
Brandon Belt walked to open the ninth and Pagan singled. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch ahead of Crawford's single against Joe Thatcher (0-4).
"I was trying to go away," Thatcher said. "I just didn't make a good pitch. I didn't get the job done."
Santiago Casilla (4-4) pitched the ninth for the victory.
Jesus Guzman had two hits and drove in a run for the Padres, who have lost 17 of their last 22 against the Giants.
Edinson Volquez got off to a shaky start for the Padres but was unhittable over his final six innings. He allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out eight. He also drove in a run.
Volquez is 3-0 over his last six starts with a 1.56 ERA.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out nine.
Bumgarner is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts since his first career shutout and complete game.
The Giants scored twice in the first inning before Volquez shut them down. Nate Schierholtz doubled and went to third on Ryan Theriot 's single. Melky Cabrera grounded out to score one run and Pablo Sandoval doubled home the other run.
Volquez did not give up another hit the rest of the way.
The Padres tied the game in the third on doubles by Quentin and Guzman and Volquez's RBI single.
NOTES: Black decided to stay with the rotation, giving the starters an extra day of rest. Following Thursday's off-day, the Padres will start Kip Wells , Ross Ohlendorf and Clayton Richard . "It's the time of year an extra day might be good for the guys," Black said. ... Padres INF-OF Alexi Amarista (jammed thumb) will avoid a trip to the disabled list. "He's doing much better," Black said. ... Padres OF Cameron Maybin took swings off a tee and may be back sooner than anticipated. ... Padres RHP Tim Stauffer will throw a bullpen Wednesday and if all goes well, will go to Arizona for a couple of more bullpens before appearing in games. ... Sandoval left the game after three innings with a left hamstring strain sustained when he stretched to finish a double play. ... Giants C Hector Sanchez (left knee injury) caught a bullpen session with LHP Barry Zito before the game and said that was the biggest test yet. He's expected to return to action on Aug. 2.