Struggling through control problems, Foppert was sent to Class A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno for a 10-day instructional program. The move clearly worked as the right-hander returned last Sunday to strike out a career high-tying 10 and walk just two over six-plus inning in an 8-4 win over Colorado.
“I talked with Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti), and looking at film I could clearly see my release point was different,” Foppert said. “Now I’m was throwing the ball aggressively without being too careful.”
Manager Felipe Alou said he sent Foppert to the farm clubs so he could “clear his head.”
“He was with the clubs rather than taking a three-day All-Star break,” Alou said.
The 23-year-old rookie retired 18 of the first 20 Rockies he faced, and gave up just one hit in the first six innings before allowing three runs without getting an out in the seventh.
The Giants had their nine-game winning streak snapped by a 2-1 loss on Saturday.
Slugger Barry Bonds rejoined the team after missing Friday’s game to be with his ill father, who underwent open-heart surgery. Bonds went 1-for-2 with two walks on a night the Giants left 16 runners on base.
Though they have played well of late, the Padres still own the worst record in the National League.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 26 1/2 GB, NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (8-7, 4.54 ERA). On Monday, Peavy gave up four runs—three earned—and five hits over 6 1-3 innings but did not record a decision in San Diego’s 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. In three career starts against San Francisco, he is 2-1 with a 6.60 ERA.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Foppert (6-8, 5.53 ERA). In his only career start against San Diego, the right-hander gave up five earned runs and six hits over five innings in an 8-6 win on July 4.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .309 avg. and 45 runs; Ryan Klesko, 20 HRs and 58 RBIs; Gary Matthews Jr., 8 SBs. Giants - Bonds, .330 avg., 33 HRs, 68 RBIs and 77 runs; Marquis Grissom, 9 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 8-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - 1B Klesko is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .444 (8-for-18). … OF Nevin has hit safely in all three games since returning from the 60-day DL on Wednesday. … RHP Rod Beck has converted all 12 of his save opportunities this season. Giants - 1B J.T. Snow was out of the lineup Saturday with a slight groin injury, but he isn’t expected to miss much time. … C Benito Santiago (finger) is expected to be activated from the DL when the Giants travel to Chicago on Tuesday. … RHP Kurt Ainsworth, recovering from a broken right shoulder blade, threw lightly for the first time since May 31.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 18-33 on the road; Giants - 36-16 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL. Giants - C Santiago (finger), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Chad Zerbe (oblique), 15-day DL; 1B Snow (groin), day-to-day.