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5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, April 14, 2018
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 41,117

Giants' Holland faces Padres' Richard

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San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

  1. The Giants lost two of three at home against the Diamondbacks, scoring nine total runs in the series. The Giants already have six games this season with one or fewer runs, tied with the Tigers for most in MLB. No other team has more than four such games this season.
  2. The Padres took two-of-three from the Rockies at Coors Field to win their first series of the season. They have gone 3-3 on the road thus far compared to 1-6 at home following a season that saw them go 43-38 in San Diego and 28-53 everywhere else.
  3. San Diego went 12-7 against San Francisco last season, their only winning record versus a divisional foe. It was the first time they had won the season series against the Giants since 2014.
  4. During his last series in San Diego (July 28-30, 2017), Andrew McCutchen hit four home runs, three of which came in a 7-1 victory in the final game with the Pirates.
  5. Chris Stratton has gone at least five innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs in both starts this season. In his 12 career starts, Stratton has accomplished this eight times. Of the four games he did not pull this off, one was a 0.1 inning outing shortened by a rain delay, and two saw him go four innings and allow no more than three earned runs.
  6. In his first start as a Padre and as a National Leaguer, Bryan Mitchell allowed five earned runs over five innings. He rebounded impressively in his last start, holding the World Series Champion Astros scoreless over 5.2 innings. Primarily a reliever prior to this year, his career ERA in 11 starts is 3.86, compared to 5.77 out of the bullpen.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2018 thru 4/15/2018

SAN DIEGO -- The better question might be, who is not pitching for the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres these days rather than who will be taking the mound.

Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are on the disabled list for the Giants.

And the Padres learned Friday afternoon that No. 2 starter Dinelson Lamet will miss the entire 2018 season with Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery while Luis Perdomo will miss his next scheduled start because he is serving a five-game suspension for throwing behind Nolan Arenado in Colorado Wednesday afternoon.

But that won't affect Saturday night's pairing at Petco Park as the Padres host the Giants for round three of a four-game series.

The pairing of left-handers matches the Giants' Derek Holland (0-2, 4.09 ERA) against the Padres' Clayton Richard (1-1, 5.29). Despite all the changes both teams have faced in their rotations, Richard and Holland opened the season with assured spots.

And while Richard has faced the Giants 20 times over the course of his career, Holland will be making only his second start against the Padres and his first-ever outing at Petco Park.

Holland will be making his third start for the Giants and the 187th of his career. The first 184 of those were for American League teams. He signed with San Francisco in the offseason as a minor league free agent and pitched his way into the rotation during spring training.

"Derek deserves a little better than he's experienced thus far with us," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "We've scored one run in the two games he's pitched and that came in a 2-1 loss. He's pitched better than two losses."

In his most recent outing, Holland, who had his start pushed back due to a rainout, allowed two runs on only two hits and eight strikeouts in six innings. In his two starts, he has allowed only five hits in 11 innings, although he has issued four walks.

Holland's only previous start against the Padres came on June 27, 2009, when he allowed seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings while pitching for the Texas Rangers. The 13 hits allowed equaled a career-high.

Richard, the Padres' Opening Day starter, will be making his fourth start of the season. He allowed only one run on six hits over seven innings in the opener. But in his last two starts, he has given up nine runs on 13 hits and six walks with nine strikeouts in 10 innings.

"The formula is pretty simple for Clayton," said Padres manager Andy Green. "If he gets ground balls, he's going to be successful."

Richard has already seen action against the Giants this series. He singled as a pinch-hitter in the third inning Thursday night -- and that turned out to be the only hit the Padres got.

Richard was 0-2 in three starts against the Giants last season with 5.29 ERA. The Giants hit .324 against Richard in 2017 with a 1.647 WHIP. Richard is 6-7 against the Giants in his career with a 4.11 ERA in 20 games (17 starts). He has a 30-27 record in two stints with the Padres at Petco Park with a 3.26 ERA in 75 games (73 starts).

Green hasn't decided who will start in Perdomo's scheduled spot Monday against the Dodgers, although it will likely be either Robbie Erlin or Jordan Lyles. Both have been sharp out of the Padres' bullpen.

The teams split the first two games of this series, with San Diego winning Friday 5-1.

Updated April 14, 2018

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