Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Diego0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 170
San Francisco5 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 x 980
  W: Z. Littell (3-0)   L: Y. Darvish (8-10)
6:45 PM PT7:45 PM MT8:45 PM CT9:45 PM ET21:45 ET1:45 GMT9:45 6:45 PM MST8:45 PM EST9:15 PM VEN5:45 UAE (+1)7:45 PM CT, September 13, 2021
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 21,078

Giants look to shut door on Padres in NL West race

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

  1. The Giants lead the season series five games to four. Three of the five wins by the Giants have been by one run. The Padres won 11-1 in the last meeting, back on May 9. The 10-point loss was the Giants' largest margin of defeat this season.
  2. The Padres were swept by the Dodgers this weekend, and they were shut out in two of the three games. They are hitting just .211 in nine games in September compared to .230 in August and .260 in July. San Diego is 8-19 in its last 27 games.
  3. The Giants have won a season-high seven games in a row, six of them on the road. They are hitting .335 with 36 extra base hits over those seven games. With a win tonight, they will clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2016.
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0-for-3 on Sunday but was 6-for-10 in his previous three games. He is a career .234 hitter against the Giants, but nine of his 26 career hits have been home runs.
  5. Wilmer Flores had three hits in his first game back from a strained left hamstring. It was his first three-hit game since he hit four on June 28. One of his hits yesterday was a home run. Flores' 18 home runs this season tie his career high, which he set in 2017 with the Mets.
  6. Yu Darvish defeated the Angels last Wednesday for his first win since June 21. He is 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA at Petco Park this season compared to 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA on the road. Dominic Leone has made two career starts in 286 career games; both have been this month.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2021 thru 9/16/2021

The San Francisco Giants can formally eliminate the San Diego Padres from the National League West race, while at the same time hurt the visitors' chances of landing an NL wild-card berth, when the rivals open a four-game series Monday night.

The clubs will take the field separated by 18 1/2 games, with 19 games left for the Giants (93-50) and 20 for the Padres (74-68).

Neither team was ready on Sunday to announce a starting pitcher for the series opener in what could turn into a bullpen game for each.

The Giants have more pressing concerns than eliminating San Diego from the division race. They have won seven in a row to go 2 1/2 games up on the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the West.

Six of the wins in San Francisco's streak came on a just-completed trip to Colorado and Chicago, series the Giants swept by a total of 29-12 against the Rockies and 27-10 against the Cubs.

The Giants not only went 2-for-2 over the weekend against the Cubs, but successfully moved their top two pitchers -- Kevin Gausman and Logan Webb -- up a day apiece.

By doing so, Giants manager Gabe Kapler has positioned both potentially to pitch in the final series of the season, when his club, coincidentally, will be hosting the Padres again.

"I think this is much more about the step right in front of us," Kapler said of the moves. "It's not to say that we don't see the rest of the staircase and that's not part of our strategy, (but) most importantly is winning the next pitch, the next inning, the next game, and believing that that momentum matters."

The Giants will see the Padres a total of 10 times over the final three weeks of the regular season, with the clubs also scheduled for a three-game set in San Diego next week.

San Francisco currently holds a 5-4 edge in the season series, having taken two of three in the most recent meeting -- at home on May 7-9 -- after splitting six games in San Diego earlier.

Most teams aren't in a hurry to duel a division leader, but the Padres are probably looking forward to seeing someone other than the Dodgers.

Los Angeles completed a three-game home sweep with an 8-0 thumping of the Padres on Sunday, giving the Dodgers six straight wins over their Southern California neighbor.

The teams do have one more series remaining, that coming on the final week of the regular season, when the Padres finish with three at Los Angeles and three at San Francisco.

The Padres currently reside in the second NL wild-card spot, percentage points ahead of Cincinnati and one game up on St. Louis.

San Diego will begin the San Francisco series without shortstop Jake Cronenworth, who fractured his left ring finger in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

Padres manager Jayce Tingler was unwilling over the weekend to rule him out this entire week -- the Padres visit St. Louis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- nor even the entire Giants series.

"The concentration is going to be on getting that inflammation out of there, which will give him a little bit more range of motion when he's gripping the bat," Tingler explained. "But you really don't know on the pain tolerance.

"When we get some of that inflammation out, I'm sure when he squares the ball up solid, there's not going to be much issue. But if you get it off the end of the bat, you get the vibration of the bat."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2021