San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Wood deals on the mound at Petco Park in San Diego to the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the first inning on Mon Aug 8, 2022 (AP News photo)
By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips
San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Wood pitched masterfully against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park to pick up a 1-0 win on Monday night in the opening game of a three game series. Wood allowed only three hits all singles in 6.1 innings of work.
The Giants reliever Camilo Doval retired the heart of the Padres order in the bottom of the ninth Juan Soto, Manny Machado, and Josh Bell for his 15th save of the season. The Padres are hitting the skids badly losing their fifth straight game and two of those loses come at the hands of two shutouts which includes Wood’s handiwork on Monday night.
The Padres who obtained Juan Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals last week Tuesday. The Padres entered this series after getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers which has a familiar tone to it for the Giants who also were swept by the Dodgers in four games the last time the two teams met in Los Angeles.
In spite of getting the help from Washington the Padres have now been shutout for 23 straight innings since last Saturday and it kind of makes Soto wonder what he might have gotten himself into. With the recent loses San Diego now holds just a one game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the wild card position.
The Padres Brandon Drury who slid in at home was called safe but the Giants asked for a review and the play was overturned when the officials ruled that Giants catcher Joey Bart tagged Drury on the head for an out and that reversed the tie score from 1-1 to 1-0 Giants that’s how bad the breaks have gone for San Diego and the Giants won their third straight game.
The Giants will start right hand pitcher Alex Cobb Tuesday night Cobb (3-6, 4.08) who will be opposed by the Padres right hander Joe Musgrove (8-5, 3.00) 6:40 pm PDT at Petco Park