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Giants' Holland hopes to cool off Padres' Villanueva

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

  1. San Diego and San Francisco will play their second series of the season after the Padres took three of four games from April 12-15. The Giants outhit the Padres in the series, 36-31, but left 33 runners on base.
  2. The Padres have gone 3-9 since defeating the Giants on April 15, allowing 6.7 runs per game over that stretch. Only the Twins have allowed more runs per game in the same time period (7.5).
  3. The Giants have won three consecutive series after losing or splitting their first six sets. They have 30 home runs so far this season, tied for fourth most in the National League after hitting an MLB-low 128 all of last season.
  4. Christian Villanueva had his 11-game hit streak broken against the Mets on Sunday after a two-run homer on Saturday. He is averaging a home run every 9.1 at-bats this season, the best rate in MLB (min. 75 PA).
  5. Brandon Belt is slashing .317/.424/.610 with six home runs through 24 games this season. Belt joins Villanueva as the only National League players to post a .300/.400/.500 line with at least six home runs so far this season.
  6. Eric Lauer gave up six earned runs in 3.0 innings in the first start of his career against the Rockies on April 24. One day later, Jeff Samardzija gave up six earned runs in 3.2 innings in the 197th start of his career against the Nationals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/30/2018 thru 5/2/2018

SAN FRANCISCO - San Diego rookie sensation Christian Villanueva gets another shot at a left-handed pitcher Wednesday afternoon when the Padres go up against Derek Holland and the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game series.

The teams have split a couple exciting contests, with the Giants rallying for three runs in the last of the ninth for a walk-off, 6-5 victory Monday, before the Padres got even on an Eric Hosmer tie-breaking homer with two outs in the ninth for a 3-2 win Tuesday.

Villanueva wasted no time adding to his gaudy numbers against lefties in the San Diego win, blasting a solo home run against Giants starter Andrew Suarez in the first inning.

The homer was his eighth of the young season against lefties in only 28 at-bats. It raised his average against left-handers to .500.

"Villa is annihilating left-handed pitching, over and over and over again," Padres manager Andy Green said of his 26-year-old third baseman. "And he's having better and better at-bats, for my taste, every time I see him play."

Villanueva has seen Holland once already this season and the result was the same as with Suarez. The Mexico native bombed a homer off Holland in the first inning of the Padres' 5-4 victory over the Giants in San Diego on April 14.

Wednesday's game is a rematch of that pitching duel, with neither Holland nor Padres starter Clayton Richard getting a decision that day.

Holland (0-3, 5.76 ERA) was pulled after 4 2/3 innings that time and allowed three runs and six hits.

The free-agent pick-up has yet to win this season, and in fact has never won at his new home field, AT&T Park, going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts.

He has faced the Padres only twice in his career, going 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA.

Richard's start against the Giants, meanwhile, will be the 19th of his career and 22nd appearance against San Francisco. He's gone 6-7 with a 4.25 ERA against the Giants.

He's pitched 12 times in San Francisco, nine times as a starter, and gone 4-3 with a 5.16 ERA in those games.

Richard (1-3, 5.35 ERA) went five innings in the April 14 game, allowing four runs and seven hits. Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen homered off the lefty in the game.

It wasn't the first time McCutchen has roughed up Richard in their head-to-heads. He will take a .455 average into Wednesday's duel, having homered twice in 11 at-bats.

Buster Posey also has two career homers against Richard. He has hit .375 in 32 at-bats against Richard.

Both teams will be seeking to extend streaks in the afternoon finale.

The Giants will be attempting to capture a fourth consecutive series win even while Joe Panik (thumb) and Johnny Cueto (elbow) have had to go on the disabled list.

The Padres, meanwhile, will be out to continue recent dominance of the Giants. They won an earlier series against San Francisco this season, taking three of four, after holding a 12-7 head-to-head advantage in 2017.

Updated May 2, 2018

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