San Francisco (34-44) at San Diego (43-37)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 2, 2005
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Moises Alou hopes to maintain his hot hitting and help the San Francisco Giants win a fifth straight game when they continue a three-game series with the San Diego Padres.

Alou is batting .396 (19-for-48) with six RBIs over his last 12 games after going 2-for-4 in a 3-2 victory Friday to open the series. The outfielder, who will turn 39 on Sunday, is poised to be selected to his sixth All-Star game.

It would also be one of the most memorable one for Alou because father and Giants manager Felipe Alou has been selected by St. Louis manager Tony La Russa as a coach for the NL All-Star team. Felipe Alou stated earlier this week that he did not want to coach in the game, but would go if Moises Alou was named to the team.

“To tell you the truth, I’m not thinking about it, but if it happens it’ll be cool,” Moises Alou said. “It would be my sixth time—with five different teams. Whatever happens, I’ll be happy.”

Veteran Jeff Fassero will make his sixth start of the season for San Francisco. Fassero is 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA over his first five outings after allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings in a 4-3 loss at Oakland last Saturday.

San Francisco has struggled to give the left-hander much support, scoring nine runs in his five starts.

Fassero is 9-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 17 career starts against the Padres, who he has not started against since July 22, 2003. He went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three relief appearances against the Padres this season.

San Diego’s Woody Williams can relate to Fassero’s lack of support. The Padres have scored a total of 10 runs in five starts for Williams since he returned on June 5 after missing a month due to a strained left oblique muscle.

Williams is 1-3 with a 3.58 ERA over his last five outings, pitching into the seventh inning in four straight starts. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings and did not figure in the decision in a 5-4 victory Sunday over Seattle.

The Padres have dropped 12 of their last 19 road games after failing to score after the first inning Friday. They have scored four runs or fewer in 13 of those games.

San Diego outfielder Dave Roberts tested his sore left knee Friday before sitting out his sixth straight game. The Padres will make a determination Sunday whether Roberts will join their crowded disabled list.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Fassero SF vs. W. Williams Hou
4-7 Record 9-12
4.05 ERA 4.85
60 K 106
31 BB 51
1.35 WHIP 1.41