MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Diego2 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 9160
San Francisco0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 691
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  W: J. Musgrove (11-9)   L: D. Leone (3-4)
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 15, 2021
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 21,212

Padres visit Giants, look to gain ground in wild-card race

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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

Right-hander Joe Musgrove will attempt to show his appreciation for the teammates who showed what they think of him when he and the tail-spinning San Diego Padres look to end the host San Francisco Giants' nine-game winning streak on Wednesday night.

In between 9-1 and 6-1 losses to the National League West-leading Giants (95-50) on Monday and Tuesday, the Padres announced they had voted Musgrove as their nominee for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award.

The annual award has become Major League Baseball's way of recognizing the player who best represents the sport through his contributions to both the team and the community.

A big-leaguer who focuses much of his off-the-field attention toward youth baseball, Musgrove labeled the Padres' nomination as "one of the highest honors I've gotten in my life."

"I always had that desire to do a little more than just be good at baseball," he said. "To be recognized for it, it feels really good. It is exciting to win (the nomination) and be amongst the group of people that have won it in the past."

Musgrove (10-9, 2.93 ERA) also has played a role in San Diego (74-70) remaining in the NL wild-card race. Despite a season-worst five-game losing streak, the Padres will take the field Wednesday one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals (75-69) and a half-game back of the Cincinnati Reds (75-70) in the three-team chase for the NL's final playoff spot.

The 28-year-old right-hander is coming off a 3-0 loss to Los Angeles Dodgers last Friday in which he allowed all three runs in six innings.

Musgrove started a pair of 7-1 losses to the Giants in a seven-day span in May, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) in 10 innings. He gave up a three-run home run to Mike Tauchman in first outing, then a three-run blast to Brandon Crawford in the rematch.

He's gone 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in five career starts against the Giants.

When he next faces Crawford, it will be a matchup of Clemente Award nominees. The Giants announced before Tuesday's win that their star shortstop was their choice to enter the final balloting for the honor.

Crawford then went out and contributed an RBI single to Tuesday's win.

The Giants scored at least six runs for a ninth straight game, but manager Gabe Kapler saved his greatest appreciation for the effort of starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, who worked 6 2/3 innings one night after a bullpen game and one day before another.

"He was able to go deep into the game, which puts us in good position for (Wednesday)," Kapler said. "Right now our three healthy and productive regular starters are doing everything they can to keep the bullpen fresh and strong and giving us a chance to be in good shape for these bullpen games."

Dominic Leone (3-3, 1.41) will make his fourth start for the Giants -- and his second this series. He started Monday night's victory and threw two scoreless innings. In 11 career appearances against San Diego, he is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA and a save.

The Giants lead the Dodgers (93-53) by 2 1/2 games atop the NL West. As San Francisco had done the night before, Los Angeles clinched a playoff berth with a win Tuesday over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2021

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