The San Francisco Giants (45-32) lost Tuesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres (34-44), 7-2, giving starting pitcher, Tim Hudson (7-4, 2.62 ERA), his first home loss of the season.
The Giants’ struggles continued as Hudson gave up nine hits, six runs, and four earned runs over five and two thirds innings. Hudson has now lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season. In these two games, he’s allowed 13 runs on 21 hits.
“[Hudson’s] not quite getting that same sync and he’s been up,” said Giants’ Manager, Bruce Bochy, “They had some good at bats against him. He’s just missing his spots a little bit and elevating the ball.”
The Giants now have lost 11 of their last 14 games and lost their last five home games. The Giants starting rotation has had an ERA of 5.50 during this time and Bochy said that the current road is a bumpy one with the rotation in the forefront of their struggles.
“Our biggest issue right now is our rotation, which put us in a good position, and we’ve been having a bumpy road with some of them,” said Bochy, “It’s going to happen but it’s important that we get out of this and our starting rotation is going to get us out of this. They are going to have their moments.”
Another missing piece to the Giants’ is Angel Pagan, who missed his eighth consecutive start with a back injury. There has been no official announcement yet, but it’s suspect that he maybe headed towards the disabled list tomorrow. When asked, Bochy said they would make the call on Wednesday, giving it one more day.
The Giants now have a three game lead over NL West rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-36).
The Giants look to avoid the sweep on Wednesday and send Tim Lincecum (5-5, 4.90 ERA) to the mound. He will face the Padres’ right-handed pitcher, Ian Kennedy (5-8, 3.90 ERA). First pitch is at 12:45pm.