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  W: A. DeSclafani (12-6)   L: J. Arrieta (5-13)
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 14, 2021
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 23,192

Playoff spot in tow, Giants pursue other goals vs. Padres

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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
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

With one goal accomplished, the San Francisco Giants can turn their attention to two others when they continue a four-game home series against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

The Giants (94-50) became the first team in the majors to clinch a postseason berth this year, thumping the Padres 9-1 in the series opener.

The win assured San Francisco, which has the best record in baseball, no worse than a wild-card berth in the National League playoffs.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Giants remain in a fight for two more highly cherished postseason positions: the NL West title, which would allow them to avoid the potential one-and-done wild-card game, and the best record in the major leagues, which would ensure them of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

San Francisco currently has the upper hand in each pursuit. The Giants stand 2 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers (92-53) in both races, with the NL Central-frontrunning Milwaukee Brewers (89-55) and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays (89-55) both five games behind.

Even with just 18 games to go and each potentially having a significance, Giants manager Gabe Kapler gave his guys the green light to celebrate after Monday's win.

"I think it's totally fine to take a step back and recognize that we accomplished something special," he said. "We've got a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but what they've accomplished so far is worth celebrating."

Despite four straight losses, the Padres (74-69) still find themselves in the heart of the NL wild-card race. San Diego and the St. Louis Cardinals (74-69) each trail Cincinnati (75-69) by a half-game in the race for the second NL wild-card spot, with the Philadelphia Phillies (72-71) just 2 1/2 games behind the Reds.

The Padres lost more than just ground in the standings on Monday when they had to place one of their top pitchers, Chris Paddack, on the injured list due to right elbow inflammation.

"The best thing, we thought, is to get him the nine or 10 days off and see where we're at," San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said of the move. "(We'll) see if he can make a start when we get back (home) for that San Francisco series (next week)."

Tuesday's Giants-Padres rematch will be a duel between former NL Central combatants, Anthony DeSclafani (11-6, 3.33 ERA) of the Giants and Jake Arrieta (5-12, 7.04) of the Padres.

DeSclafani, who pitched five seasons for the Reds, and Arrieta, who was on the Chicago Cubs' starting staff for parts of six campaigns, will be going head-to-head for the third time. They split decisions in 2015, with DeSclafani's Reds winning 3-2 on April 14 before Arrieta's Cubs turned the tables 12 days later with a 5-2 win.

DeSclafani has gone winless in three starts against the Padres this season, allowing seven runs in 16 1/3 innings (3.86 ERA). The Giants wound up winning two of the three games.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 1-1 in his career against the Padres with a 2.90 ERA in seven starts.

Arrieta faced the Giants while he was still with the Cubs earlier this season, bombed for six runs in two innings in an 8-5 loss on June 4. He allowed a two-run home run to Steven Duggar and a three-run shot to Alex Dickerson in the drubbing.

The 35-year-old righty will be making his 12th career start against the Giants, having gone 5-4 with a 3.98 ERA in the first 11.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 14, 2021

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