Preview San Diego Padres-Oakland A’s: A’s at home after ten game road trip

Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea seen pitching in his last start will start against the San Diego Padres Tue Aug 3, 2021 at Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (60-47) have an off-day on Monday. The A’s were 4-2 on the last road trip against the San Diego Padres (61-47) and Los Angeles Angels (52-53). The A’s split the series last Tuesday and Wednesday against the Padres in San Diego.

The A’s moved up to Anaheim to play four against the Angels. The A’s won three of the four games. They would have had a sweep if they had given Cole Irvin some run support last Saturday. Irvin pitched a gem but was the losing pitching as the A’s fell to the Angels 1-0.

After the two-game set concluded last Wednesday, both teams were active before the July 30th trade deadline. The Padres were hoping to make a big splash by landing Max Scherzer from the Washington Nationals. Most of the pundits had the big righty heading to San Diego.

San Diego’s hopes were dashed when the Los Angeles Dodgers snagged Scherzer and Trea Turner. Turner going to LA was unexpected. The Dodgers made quite a few headlines with the deal. The Padres did make a deal as they traded for Nats’ reliever Daniel Hudson.

The A’s acquired four players as they hope to catch the Houston Astros in the race for the AL West crown. The A’s bolstered their bullpen as they made a deal to acquire lefty Andrew Chafin from the Chicago Cubs. Before the trade, Jake Diekman was the only lefty in the A’s bullpen.

The move helped A’s manager have more flexibility using his relievers. The next big move was the trade to get outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins. The A’s gave up Jesus Luzardo in the trade. It was sad to see Luzardo go, but the team needed improvement in the outfield.

The A’s finished the wheeling and dealing by making a trade with the Washington National. They sent prospects to the Nats in exchange for catcher Yan Gomes and the versatile Josh Harrison. All three players have contributed since coming to the A’s. Gomes homered in yesterday’s game to help the A’s beat the Angels 8-3.

So, let’s look at what happened last week in the two-game series in San Diego. San Diego beat the A’s and starter James Kaprielian 7-4 last Tuesday night. Kaprielian went four innings and took the loss. The winning pitcher was Chris Paddack. Both pitchers are now on the 10-day IL. Kaprielian has a shoulder impingement.

The A’s brought up Dulton Jefferies to take his spot in the rotation. Jefferies made his second Major League start on Sunday against the Angels and was the winning pitcher. In the 7-4 loss to the Padres Last Tuesday, the Padres’ young superstar, Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered, doubled. Veteran third baseman Manny Machado also hit a big fly in the game.

The Padres pounded A’s pitchers for 12 hits Tuesday night. The A’s turned the tables on the Padres on Wednesday. The A’s had no trouble with Pads’ starter, Blake Snell. They sent Snell to the showers at the end of the fourth inning. Snell gave up seven hits and seven runs as he absorbed his fourth loss of the year. The A’s won the game 10-4. A’s starter Sean Manaea went six innings and allowed one hit.

The A’s played four against the Angels last week. They won three of the four. The Padres split their four games series with the Colorado Rockies.

Both teams are in the second Wild Card spot in their respective leagues. If the Wild Card Games were to be played today, The Padres would travel to Dodger Stadium and face the Dodgers. The A’s would fly to Boston for the one-game playoff against the Red Sox.

The probable pitchers for the series will feature the Padres’ lefty Blake Snell going against Sean Manaea. Frankie Montas will go for Oakland Wednesday, and Joe Musgrove pitches for San Diego.

Fernando Tatis, Jr. will not be in the PAdre lineup as he suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. The Padres placed him on the 10-day IL.

The Padres still have a lot of firepower on their roster. Keep your eyes on third baseman Manny Machado, Second Baseman Jake Cronenworth, Adam Frazier, and Eric Hosmer. Tommy Pham, Wil Meyers, and Trent Grisham all can win ball games for San Diego.

Marte, Harrison, and Gomes have bolstered the A’s offense. The A’s are now four and 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West. The Astros made two moves to bolster their bullpen. They traded for former A’s starter Kendall Graveman from the Seattle Mariners. The M’s converted Graveman to a closer, and he has resurrected his career. The Astros also acquired Yimi Garcia from Miami to strengthen the ‘pen.

The A’s are 60-47 for the season. They made the moves to better the team. The A’s have made the playoffs the last three seasons. They know how to win. They can do it by playing better against the Mariners, Rangers, and Astros. The A’s meet the Rangers six times in the next two weeks. The last-place Rangers have given the A’ fits this year. The Rangers traded their best player, Joey Gallo, to the Yankees. Hopefully, the A”s will turn the tables on the Rangers.

The A’s now they can beat the Padres. A’s fans will be hoping for a sweep. The Padres have other thoughts.

Padres take game one of two-game set from A’s 7-4

Fernando Tatis Jr fists pumps after the bat flip taking the Oakland A’s deep in the third inning for a two run homer at Petco Park in San Diego to open a brief two game series on Tue Jul 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s came into San Diego to play two interleague games against the Padres. The A’s were facing one of the elite teams in the National League. Would the A’s pitching be able to keep the Padres’ 22-year-old superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. in check?

Could the A’s stop Manny Machado? It was going to be a daunting task for A’s starter James Kaprielian. Kaprielian, with his father watching from the stands, entered the game with a record of 5-3 and an ERA of 2.65. The Padres’ starter Chris Paddack had not pitched well in his home park, Petco Field. His record in Petco was 2-4 and the worst home ERA (6.94) in the Majors.

The A’s plated three runs in the top of the third. Kaprielian started the rally with his first hit ever in Major League baseball. With one out in the third, Kapreielian singled to right-center-field. Singles by Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano followed with singles to load the bases.

Matt Olson drove in Kaprielian with the A’s first run with a sacrifice fly. Canha tagged and went to third on the play. Jed Lowrie singled to drive in Canha to make it 2-0. It was Lowries’ 49th RBI of the year. A’s catcher Sean Murphy blooped a double down the right-field line to drive in Laureano with the third run of the inning. The A’s led 3-0 midway through the third inning.

The Padres put two on the board in the bottom of the third. With two out, Adam Frazier, playing in his first game as a Padre, singled. The next hitter was Fernando Tatis, Jr. Kaprelian’s pitch was a hanging slider. Tatis did not miss. He hit a monster shot that went deep into the second deck in left-field. The Padres were back in the game, trailing 3-2 after three.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kaprielian ran into a wee bit of trouble. The Padres sent eight men to the plate as they scored five times. A’s manager took Kaprielian out of the game after the Padres took the lead 4-3. There were still two men on the bases when Yusmeiro Petit entered the game. The first batter he faced, Manny Machado, hit a ball into the seats in right field to put the Padres ahead 7-3.

The A’s added a run in the eighth when Sean Murphy hit his 13th home run of the year. The A’s could do no more as they fell to the Padres 7-4.

Game notes and stats- With the loss, the A’s are 56-46 for the year. They lost their fourth in a row and the nineteenth in the last 32 games. They are now six and 1/2 games behind the first-place Houston Astros. They still lead the Seattle Mariners by one game in the race for the second AL Wild Card.

The A’s line was four runs, 11 hits, and no errors. The Padres’ line was seven runs, 12 hits, and no errors. The two keys plays for San Diego were Tatis’ two-run homer and Machado’s three-run blast.

Ramon Laureano had three hits for Oakland. Jed Lowrie had a single, double, and an RBI.
James Kaprielian took the loss, and Chris Paddack was the winning pitcher for San Diego.

The time of the game was three hours and eight minutes. 40,162 fans watched the game.

The teams meet Wednesday afternoon again at 1:10 pm in San Diego. It will be a battle of two left-handed pitchers. Sean Manaea will go for Oakland, and Blake Snell pitches for the Padres.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Is crime in Oakland another factor A’s want to leave so anxiously? Sen Boxer robbed at Jack London Sq

On That’s Amaury’s Podcast:

#1 In the latest in a series of robberies, shootings, and mugging in Oakland former California Senator Barbara Boxer 80, was robbed of her cell phone and she was pushed and the phone was taken. The suspect ran off and Sen Boxer was not seriously injured there is a $2,000 reward for the suspect. The crime took place near the location where the Oakland A’s want to build their new ballpark Jack London Square.

#2 After last week’s City Council vote in Oakland that voted 6-1 to support the A’s for a new ballpark but didn’t meet the A’s request for more infrastructure A’s president David Kaval who was in the greater Las Vegas and South Nevada area looking for a location for a new A’s stadium is well aware of the crime in downtown and Chinatown Oakland could that be also a added factor to leave town?

#3 Tonight the Oakland A’s are in San Diego to battle the San Diego Padres in a two game series. A’s starter James Kaprielian gets the call for tonight’s game. This will be Kaprielian’s 12th start and has 68 innings under his belt. Kaprielian is 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA he’s had some good outings.

#4 The A’s added pitcher Andrew Chafin to the bullpen strengthening the bullpen Chafin comes from the Chicago Cubs with two minor league prospects. Chafin is (0-2 ERA 2.06).

#5 Amaury, A’s reliever JB Wendelken relieved for the second time since the All Star break. Wendelken pitched 1 2/3 innings against Seattle on Sunday. A’s manager Bob Melvin says that Wendelken is coming off an injury and their trying to find spots for him to come in and releive.

#6 Amaury after the A’s lost three out of four games in Seattle how important was it for the club to have Monday off in getting prepared for their two game series in San Diego.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play voice for the Oakland A’s flagship station at 1010 KIQI LeGrande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

Oakland A’s preview: A’s open two game set in San Diego; A’s take an interest in Rangers’ Gallo

A number of clubs have taken an interest in Texas Rangers Joey Gallo, the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s so far have all stepped up to the plate in the Gallo Sweepstakes (file photo USA Today)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s continued to flounder as they lost three of the four games played against the Settle Mariners this past weekend. The A’ continued to fail to get clutch hits with runners in scoring position. Since June 18th, the A’s are 13-18. Yes, they are playing a lot of one-run games.

Yes, they have had chances to win. Yet, they fail to come through. On June 18th, the A’s were in first place in the AL West. They are now 5 and 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros. They led the Seattle Mariners by 3 and 1/2 games in the second AL Wild Card race.

That was before the weekend series. They now lead the Mariners by 1 and 1/2 games. They have lost seven of the last ten series played. They won two and split one with the Texas Rangers. The only team in the AL West that they can beat has been the LA Angels. The Astros, Rangers, and Mariners all have a winning record against Oakland.

The A’s missed the boat by not trading for Nelson Cruz. Tampa Bay sent two prospects to Minnesota for the slugger. Oakland could have worked out a deal. The A’s have not gotten the production they hoped for from the two guys in right field.

Mitch Moreland has been on the 10-day IL twice. Moreland has hit seven dingers and driven in 24. The A’s are rumored to be interested in acquiring Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. The New York Yankees are also interested in trading for Gallo. Maybe Billy Beane and David Forst probably would go after Khris Davis. He is available.

The A’s are on their way to San Diego to play two against the San Diego Padres. The Padres are in third place in the NL West. They trail the San Francisco Giants by 5 and 1/2 games and are 3 and 1/2 games behind the LA Dodgers in the Wild Card Chase.

The Padres made several moves over the off-season to bolster their starting pitching. They acquired Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs and Blake Snell, a former Cy Young Award winner, from the Tampa Bay Rays. Their general manager, A.J. Preller, engineered a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire second baseman/ outfielder Adam Frazier for three prospects. The deal hasn’t been finalized but is expected to be announced soon. Preller is working on a deal to get pitcher Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins.

The Padres have not announced their starters for the series with the A’s. Chris Paddack (6-6, ERA 5.17) last pitched on July 21st, and his next turn would appear to be against the A’s. Lefty Blake Snell (4-3, ERA 4.93) would go on Wednesday. Oakland will send James Kaprielian to the mound Tuesday night. Kaprielian is 5-3, and his ERA is 2.53. Lefty Sean Manaea (7-6, ERA 3.16) will pitch for the A’s Wednesday afternoon.

The A’s pitchers will have their work cut out for them against a very potent San Diego offense. They have two guys on the left side of the infield that can hammer the baseball. Third baseman Manny Machado, in his tenth season, is hitting .275 with 17 homers and 68 RBIs.

Machado has hit 240 homers so far in his career. At shortstop, the Padres have the 2-year-old phenom, Fernando Tatis, Jr. The young man from the Dominican Republic is hitting .289 with 30 home runs and has 67 RBIs.

Eric Hosmer will be at first base for the Pads. Hosmer owns a .266 batting average, and he has hit eight dingers in driven in 48. Second baseman Jake Cronenworth is hitting a solid .275. Jake has hit 13 big flies out of the park and knocked in 24 mates.

The Padres have four players they use quite a bit in the outfield. Tommy Phan will probably start in leftfield. Pham is batting .260 and has hit 13 dingers. Trent Grisham will patrol centerfield. Grisham is at .262, 11 homers, and 39 RBIs. Will Myers (.254, 12 homers, 45 RBIs) will be in right. Jurickson Profar, who was an Oakland Athletic in 2019, will be the backup outfielder.

The Padre bullpen is solid. Their closer, the veteran Mark Melancon has been solid all year. Melancon has recorded 30 saves so far this year. Two former A’s are in the Padre pen. Emilio Pagan, who was with Oakland in2018, and Drew Pomerantz, a starter for Oakland in 2014 and 2025, have done well for the Padres. Other relievers that will see action include left Tim Hill, righties Craig Stammen, Austin Adams, Pierce Johnson, and Nabil Crismatt.

Since the game is being played in a National League Park, the A’s will be without the designated hitter. The A’s will have to figure out a way to put runs on the board. Since resuming play after the All-Star break, Oakland has put slightly more than three runs per game on the board.

After the two-game set with the Padres, the A’s play four against the Angels. The A’s have had their way against LA so far. However, the Angels would love to turn the tables on their foes from the Bay area. After the Angel series, the A’s return home to play two more against the Padres.

The Texas Rangers, in last place in the AL West, will play three more in Oakland. They have not been kind to the A’s this year. The A’s then go on the road to play three in Cleveland, three more with Texas, and four against the Central Division leaders, the Chicago White Sox. After that trip, the A’s host the San Francisco Giants for three, the Mariners for two, and the Yankees for four more games.

The A’s do not have an easy road to the playoffs. They need help to strengthen the offense. Lou Trivino has done a reasonably good job as the closer. Lefty Jake Diekman has had some control issues. Diekman has not been as effective as he was last year. Sergio Romo has regained his form and has been quite a surprise. Yusmeiro Petit has also done a good job.

It will be interesting to see if the A’s get active before the July 30th trade deadline. They need to upgrade the offense. First baseman Matt Olson is the A’s most valuable player. The big guy is hitting .287 to go along with 27 home runs and 66 RBIs. Mark Canha, Jed Lowrie, and Tony Kemp are the only other hitters above the .250 mark. Seth Brown is at .201, Stephen Piscotty at .205, Sean Murphy .212, Matt Chapman .218.

Hopefully, the A’s can get the offense going. If they don’t, they may not make the playoffs. Let’s hope they can make a couple of deals and they get back on the winning track.

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Padres can swing the bats as A’s head to San Diego Tuesday

San Diego Padre’s Fernando Tatis Jr thanks the good Lord for hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning but it wasn’t enough as the Padres fell to the Marlins 3-2 on Sat Jul 24, 2021. The Oakland A’s travel to face Tatis and the Padres in San Diego for a two game series on Tue Jul 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, after the A’s were able to string three wins together two against the Los Angeles Angels and the first of the four games against the Seattle Mariners the A’s struggled on Friday and Saturday against the M’s losing 4-3 and 5-4 and lost another one run game on Sunday 4-3.

#2 Last three games one run loses and it’s something that A’s manager Bob Melvin is hoping to make a difference on by moving runners over and getting them to score but sometimes the M’s relief pitchers can work themselves out of a jam.

#3 The A’s lead off hitter Mark Canha returned he started off his first game back going 0-4 but it wasn’t long after that he Canha said “The first day back was a little uncomfortable and I felt a little rusty. But on the second game I felt like I was right back.”

#5 Canha since his return has hit safely in all of his last six games. He gone 7 for 20, walked three times and what would Canha be if he didn’t get hit three times by pitches.

#5 The A’s head to San Diego to face the Padres. The Padres are a team loaded and just some 4 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West. They have some hitters in their line up Fernando Tatis Jr, Jake Cronenworth, and Manny Machado. Tuesday is the start of a two game series at Petco Park in San Diego.

Join Barbara for the A’s podcasts Mondays at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Laugher saves Padres from getting swept by Giants

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto who got lit up in his first appearance since getting off the injured list to face the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park in San Francisco talks things over with catcher Buster Posey on Sun May 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 The San Diego Padres (19-16) avoided getting swept by the San Francisco Giants (20-14) by winning a laugher 11-1 getting home run help from Fernando Tatis Jr and Frank Cronenworth.

#2 The Padres scored four runs in each of the second and eighth innings help pile on the Giants they even got a two run triple from Trent Grisham in the eighth inning to contribute to the run total.

#3 Giants starter Johnny Cueto who returned from lat tightness in the arm was lit up upon his return from the injured list going just three innings giving up eight hits and three runs.

#4 Things got so rough for the Giants that pitcher Logan Webb came off the bench and came in to pinch hit and was not able to produce a hit.

#5 The Giants in tonight’s game will host the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park to open the series. The Rangers will start Kyle Gibson (3-0 ERA 2.40) the Giants will start Alex Wood (3-0 ERA 1.96)

Join Morris each Monday for the San Francisco Giants podcast at

Cronenworth and Tatis each go deep as Padres rout SF 11-1

San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. left, Tommy Pham, middle, score on a eighth inning triple by Trent Grisham are congratulated by Manny Machado (13) right at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun May 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-It must have seemed that the San Diego Padres were tired of getting pushed around by the San Francisco Giants, so they pushed back in the finale.

Jake Cronenworth hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning that landed in McCovey Cove, and then four batters later, Fernando Tatis, Jr., made it 4-0, as he hit one deep into the left-center field bleachers and the Padres would go onto defeat the Giants 11-1 before a paid crowd of 10,008 at Oracle Park.

Cronenworths home run was measured at 445 feet and then the Tatis, Jr., home run was measured at 454 feet.

Johnny Cueto in his return to the rotation was roughed up, as he allowed five runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out two in just three innings of work.

Cueto also got into a jam in his final inning of work, as he allowed a double to Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer singled, then Wil Myers drove in the fifth run of the afternoon, as he singled, Cronenworth then walked to load the bases. Luckily for the Giants, Cueto was able to get out of the inning unscathed, as he got Jurickson Profar to pop out to Evan Longoria at third base, Victor Caratini then popped out to Brandon Belt for the second out, and then Cueto and the Giants got out of the inning, when Steven Duggar made a diving catch off the bat of Chris Paddack to end the inning.

Paddack also left after three innings, as he made his first appearance in a game since April 27, 2021 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, as he was out with a medical condition. In those three innings, Paddack did not allow a run, scattered four hits, walked one and struck out four; however, he did not fare in the decision, as he did not go the required five innings.

Ryan Weathers went three innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out three in picking up his second win of the season

When Buster Posey singled in the bottom of the sixth inning, he extended his hitting streak up to eight games.

The Giants got the crowd into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Mauricio Dubon hit a double with one out and then Austin Slater singled Dubon to third; however, Emilio Pagan was able to get Mike Tauchman to pop out for the second out and then Mike Yastrzemski struck out to end the inning.

Tatis, Jr., added a second RBI in the top of the eighth inning, as he reached on a Fielders Choice and Victor Caratini scored from second base on a throwing error by Jose Alvarez.

Trent Grisham drove in two more runs, as he tripled to left center that was just out of the reach of Tauchman, who made a diving stab at making a fantastic back handed catch. Eric Hosmer got in on the act, as he singled in Grisham from third.

Brandon Crawford got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Brandon Belt from third base. Belt walked with one out, and then advanced to third on a double.

The highlight of the day for the Giants fans came in the top of the ninth inning, as Darin Ruf came on to pitch and was treated rudely by Cronenworth, who doubled off the wall near the 365 mark just out of the reach of Yastrzemski. Jurickson Profar then singled, before Ruf got Caratini to fly out to Tauchman for the first out.

Jorge Mateo doubled in Cronenworth, and then Ha-Seong Kim added the second run of the inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that easily Profar from third base.

Ruf went one inning, allowing two runs on three hits.

NOTES: To make room for Cueto on the roster, the Giants optioned Jason Vosler to triple-A Sacramento.

Cronenworths Splash Home Run was the fourth hit by a Padres since the ballpark opened on April 11, 2000. He joins Ryan Klesko, Brian Giles and Yasmani Grandal in that exclusive club.

It was the fourth Splash Home Run allowed by Cueto as a member of the Giants, tying Madison Bumgarner for the second most allowed and trailing Tim Lincecum, who gave up five as a member of the Giants.

Prior to Ruf pitching, the Giants position player to pitch was Tyler Heineman on August 16, 2020 against the Oakland As, a game that the As won 15-3. Heineman went one inning, allowed one hit.

UP NEXT: Alex Wood looks to get the Giants back on the winning track on Monday night, as they open a brief two-game series with the Texas Rangers. Alex Wood goes for his fourth win of the season for the Giants, while the Rangers will send Kyle Gibson to the mound, as he also looks for his fourth win of the season.

Belt and Crawford each go deep in Giants win 7-1

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford must think it is 2012 or 2014; because, the way they have been hitting, it seems like the playoffs are on the horizon.

Crawford launched a three-run home run onto the Arcade in the bottom of the second inning, and then Belt hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres before a paid crowd of 9,764 at Oracle Park.

Belt led off the second inning with a single, then Evan Longoria doubled Belt to third and then Crawford hit his seventh home run of the season to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.

That would be all that Kevin Gausman would need, as he went six innings, allowing one run on three hits, walked just one and struck out seven, as he won for the third time without a loss this season.

Gausman lowered his earned run average to 1.97, as the Giants increased their lead over the Padres to 2.5 games and currently three games over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who play the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim Stadium.

Crawford and Buster Posey led the team in home runs with seven, for two innings when Belt hit his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The fifth Giants run of the afternoon came when Austin Slater, the hero of Friday nights victory over the Padres drove in Steven Duggar with a single off of Padres reliever Tim Hill.

Duggar singled with one out in the inning, went to second, when Jake Cronenworth made a great play at second base to get Curt Casali at first base. Darin Ruf was then intentionally walked, and then Slater singled in Duggar with the fifth run of the game.

Slater hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast deep over the center field wall that also scored Mauricio Dubon, who reached on a fielders choice. It was the second hit in as many at bats for Slater, who came on to pinch hit for Mike Tauchman in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Musgrove, who tossed the Padres first ever no hitter on April 9 against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field lasted five innings, allowed four runs on eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven and saw his record fall to 2-4 on the season.

Mike Yastrzemski made his return to the lineup and took a collar, as he went 0-for-4 on the afternoon.

The Giants put an end to the streak that saw them five hits or fewer against the Padres, as they picked up 11 hits against Padres pitching. The six-game streak was the longest by a Giants opponent since 1901.

NOTES: Gausman was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to the game and Pitcher Aaron Sanchez was placed on the 10-day injured list with right bicep tightness.

With the victory, the Giants have won 12 out of their first 15 games at home this season, a .800 winning percentage, the best home record in the majors.

The Giants are fourth team in the major leagues this season to reach the 20-win plateau, as they join the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20-win club in 2021. Also, the Giants have the best record in the National League by percentage points over the Cardinals and are tied with the Red Sox for the best record in the major leagues.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto makes his return to the Oracle Park mound on Sunday afternoon for the Giants, while the Padres have not announced their starter for the series finale.

Slater goes yard to give Giants huge win 5-4 over San Diego

The San Francisco Giants Austin Slater (13) is congratulated by Brandon Crawford (35) after hitting a solo shot home run against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri May 7, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Austin Slater came up with the biggest hit of the game when the San Francisco Giants needed it the most.

Slater hit an opposite field home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 5-4 at Oracle Park.

It was the second home run of the night for the Giants, and the second by a right-handed to the Arcade section of the ballpark.

Buster Posey got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the third inning, as he hit his seventh home run of the season that gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead.

Evan Longoria lengthened the Giants up to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he singled to score both Slater and Posey and that looked like it would be enough, especially the way that Anthony DeSclafani was looking on the mound.

Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the Padres that the Giants were going to win this game after just five innings, when it is a nine-inning game.

Trent Grisham cut the Giants lead in half, as he hit a two-run home run off of DeSclafani in the top of the sixth inning that also scored Jorge Mateo, who led off the inning with a single.

After Manny Machado doubled with one out in the frame, Sam Selman came on to replace DeSclafani and then Eric Hosmer tied up the game with one swing of the bat with his fourth home run of the season.

DeSclafani ended up with a no-decision, as he went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking one and striking out three.

Blake Snell, who came over to the Padres after helping the Tampa Bay Rays to the 2020 World Series, went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on just one hit; however, Snell walked six and struck out five.

This became a bullpen game, as the Giants bullpen of Selman, Zack Littell, Camilo Doval, Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee went the final 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out three. Doval pitched a perfect seventh inning with a strikeout to pick up his first major league victory.

Despite allowing a lead-off walk to Jake Cronenworth in the top of the ninth inning, McGee came back to strikeout the side to pick up the eighth save of the season, including getting Ha-Seong Kim on a called third strike to end the game.

The Slater home run off of Keone Kela in the bottom of the seventh inning was the only batter that Kela faced, as he was lifted for former Giants pitcher Pierre Johnson.

In all, the Padres bullpen went the final 3.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out five; however, that bad pitch by Kela cost them a chance to gain ground on the first-place Giants in the National League West.

With the victory, the Giants lead in the NL West jumped up to a 1.5 games over the Padres and 2.5 games over the Dodgers, who have lost four in a row, including a 9-2 loss in the opener of the Freeway Series to the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim Stadium.

NOTES: Mike Yastrzemski and Jarlin Garcia were activated from 10-day injured list and Alex Dickerson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement.

This was the sixth straight game that the Giants picked up five or fewer hits against the Padres, which is the longest streak for the Giants against any opponent since 1901, this according to STATS, INC.

The Giants are now 11-3 on the season at home, the best home record in the major leagues thus far this season.

Prior to the game, Willie Mays was driven around the field in a convertible, as the team celebrated the 90th birthday of The Say Hey Kid. Mays, who turned 90 yesterday is the oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman looks for his third win of the season, as he takes the mound on Saturday afternoon, while the Padres will send Joe Musgrove to the hill.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Yastrzemski, Posey and Cueto expected to return this weekend against Padres

San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski who has been out with an injury is seen here in this Sep 9, 2020 photo is expected to return tonight against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park (AP file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Johnny Cueto is expected to be back in the rotation recovered from the lat tightness injury according to San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Kapler certainly was looking forward to seeing Cueto back to help out.

#2 After the Colorado series this week the Rockies and Giants both had some offense and got some runs scored. The Rockies wound up taking the last two games of the three game set.

#3 Giants outfielder Mike Mike Yastrzemski is also expected back in the line up before his going on the injured list Yastrzemski was hitting .215 with 17 hits, four home runs and six RBIs.

#4 Catcher Buster Posey is also hopeful for this weekend after suffering a hamstring injury during Wednesday’s game. Posey has been important to have in the line up especially with the San Diego Padres coming in tonight.

#5 Michael, taking a look at the starters for tonight’s game at Oracle Park for the Padres Blake Snell (1-0 ERA 3.51) and for the Giants Anthony DeSclafani (2-1 ERA 2.00)

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