Madison Bumgarner came through for the Giants on Thursday night, snapping the team’s four-game losing streak. They’ve won six out of his last seven games.
The caveat: they only seem to win behind Bumgarner, and it hasn’t entirely been due to poor starting. For instance, Chad Gaudin, who will start Friday night, matched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for seven innings on Sunday, but Sergio Romo gave up three runs in the ninth to spoil Gaudin’s solid outing.
Regardless, Gaudin will look to replicate his last start, in which he also struck out a season-high nine batters. The veteran right-hander pitched five innings of one-run ball against the Padres in his only career start against them.
Since taking over Ryan Vogelsong’s rotation spot, Gaudin has been all quality starts, with the exception of his June 15 start against the Braves.
Sean O’Sullivan, who’s making his first major league appearance since 2011, will oppose Gaudin. O’Sullivan has spent 2013 in AAA Tucson. In 102 innings, he’s mustered a 3.88 ERA while walking just 29 batters against 90 strikeouts.
O’Sullivan hasn’t been as successful at the major league level, however, as he has a career 6.13 ERA in 43 games (34 starts).
- Gregor Blanco is hitting .481 in eight games against the Padres this year
- Giants pitchers have a 3.61 ERA against the NL West this season
- The Giants are 32-11 when they score at least four runs