Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at San Diego
When: 10:10 PM ET, Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California

The San Francisco Giants attempt to record their sixth consecutive victory against the San Diego Padres when they visit their National League West rivals on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. San Francisco posted a 4-2 win in Monday's opener to improve to 9-5 in the season series.

Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered while rookie Chris Shaw collected three hits, including his first two major-league doubles, as the Giants recorded their third triumph in four contests. Shaw has gone 5-for-7 over his last two games after notching one hit in 22 at-bats over his first 11 contests. The Padres managed only five hits on Monday as they fell to 1-3 on their six-game homestand. Austin Hedges belted a solo homer and Hunter Renfroe notched an RBI single as San Diego dropped to 3-4 versus San Francisco at home this year.

TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), FS San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Derek Holland (7-8, 3.46 ERA) vs. Padres LH Joey Lucchesi (8-8, 3.67)

Holland is unbeaten in his last 10 starts but has recorded only two victories in that span. The 31-year-old native of Ohio, who has allowed fewer than three runs in each of his last six outings and more than one just once during that stretch, is coming off a no-decision against Atlanta on Wednesday in which he gave up one run and five hits over six innings. Holland is 1-1 with a 6.20 ERA in four career starts versus San Diego, with the victory coming at home on May 2.

Lucchesi has won two of his last three starts, including a triumph at Seattle on Wednesday in which he permitted three runs and six hits over five innings. Only one of the 25-year-old Californian rookie's last four outings have been at home - a victory over the Mariners on Aug. 29, when he allowed one run in a career-high 6 2/3 frames. Lucchesi won his only career turn versus San Francisco, giving up one run and five hits over six innings on April 15.

WALK-OFFS

1. Crawford has gone 10-for-25 in six contests at Petco Park this season.

2. Hedges has homered in three of his last six games and needs four blasts to match the career high of 18 he set last season.

3. San Francisco has played in a major league-high 104 contests that have been decided by three runs or fewer, going 50-54 in that span.

PREDICTION: Giants 5, Padres 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 71-80 W1 41-34 30-46 16-17 11-19 36-32 8-12
San Diego 60-91 L1 28-48 32-43 15-17 16-18 22-43 7-13
Last Meeting
San Francisco San Diego
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/17/18 SF 4 SD 2 .316 2 .842 .167 1 .565
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Crawford .327 16 .892
San Diego C. Villanueva .273 12 .930
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco E. Longoria 2 7 6
San Diego C. Villanueva 3 4 8
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.07 .258 113
San Diego 3.38 .223 122
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Crawford .255 128 .715
San Diego E. Hosmer .249 143 .712
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco E. Longoria 16 49 52
San Diego H. Renfroe 23 49 62
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.78 .241 1178
San Diego 4.44 .234 1282