After getting off to a horrible start to the season on the road, the San Francisco Giants endured much of the same in their home opener.
The Giants and their sputtering offense look to avoid their worst start in 41 years when they continue their three-game series against the San Diego Padres Tuesday at AT&T Park.
The post-Barry Bonds era in San Francisco (1-6) has not gotten off to a stellar start. The Giants have been shut out twice, scored only 16 runs and have hit a major league-low two home runs.
San Francisco fell to San Diego 8-4 in its home opener Monday, and only had only one run and three hits before the ninth inning
“It’s disappointing. We wanted to give the fans something to cheer,” said Bengie Molina, who drove in three runs. “We haven’t been playing the best ball and we have to pick it up. Bottom line is we have to score runs.”
The Giants also started last season with just one win in their first seven games, but they haven’t opened 1-7 since 1967.
“It’s too early to say we’re not good enough, we can’t get it done,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s why it’s so important to wash all these games off and come out here and be ready to go. It will take a little time for this team to believe it can win. We need a few wins for that to happen. It hasn’t happened yet.”
San Francisco has lost four straight games, and Bochy will hand the ball to the only pitcher on the team with a win on the season.
Tim Lincecum (1-0, 2.25 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start of the year Tuesday after an unusual season debut.
Lincecum was set to start Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but due to the threat of inclement weather, the Giants started reliever Merkin Valdez, instead. Lincecum was sent to the bullpen, and ended up pitching on both sides of a 1-hour, 14-minute rain delay in San Francisco’s 2-1 victory. The right-hander allowed one run, four hits, four walks and struck out four in four innings to earn the win.
The relief outing was the first in the majors for Lincecum, who went 7-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts last season as a rookie. In his two starts against the Padres, Lincecum went 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA.
Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four runs in the series opener. He is 6-for-8 in his last two games after going just 5-for-24 (.208) in his first six games of the season.
Greene went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs on Monday, and is 6-for-12 with a homer and six RBIs in his last three games at AT&T Park.
Randy Wolf (0-0, 1.50) takes the ball for the Padres Tuesday looking to build off his first start of the season.
After shoulder surgery ended his 2007 season after 18 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wolf signed a one-year deal with San Diego in December. In his first start for the Padres, the left-hander allowed one run, four hits and struck out five in six innings of a 3-2 win over Houston on Thursday, but was not a factor in the decision.
Wolf split his two starts against the Giants last season, posting a 4.50 ERA in those games. In four career starts at AT&T Park, he is 1-2 with a 4.88 ERA.