When the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres meet again Friday night, one pitcher starts for the first time since his misdemeanor charge was publicized, while the other takes a major league mound for the first time in nearly two years.
Chad Gaudin gets the ball for the Giants as they go for a fourth straight win over the Padres, who will send Sean O'Sullivan to the hill.
Gaudin (2-1, 2.44 ERA) was charged with open and gross lewdness July 3 for a January incident in which he allegedly touched a woman's face and breast at a Las Vegas hospital. A statement released Wednesday by his lawyer said Gaudin denies any wrongdoing.
"It doesn't affect the club at all," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's official website. "I don't have any comment on it, because I just got wind of it a few minutes ago."
The right-hander will try to build on his last outing in which he limited the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run and four hits while striking out nine - his most in four years - over a season-high seven innings in a 4-1 loss Sunday. Gaudin, who didn't get the decision, made his first appearance since missing more than two weeks with a right elbow contusion.
O'Sullivan's start will be his first in the major leagues since Sept. 27, 2011, with Kansas City. He went 10-14 with a 6.13 ERA in 43 games - 34 starts - over four seasons for the Royals and Angels.
Friday also gives the San Diego native a chance to pitch for the team he grew up rooting for. O'Sullivan told the team's official website it was a "dream come true," admitting he may put extra pressure on himself.
"It's hard not to want to do so well," said O'Sullivan, 7-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts for Triple-A Tucson. "I'll try to put that as far back in as I can and go out there and play baseball."
San Francisco (41-50) ended a four-game slide with a 4-2 win over San Diego (41-52) on Thursday. The Giants, 3-14 in their last 17, haven't won back-to-back games since June 18-19.
They have the chance to do so again thanks in part to Pablo Sandoval, who homered for the first time in 101 at-bats. He's 11 for 30 in seven games against San Diego this year with two of his nine home runs.
The Padres have scored 33 runs while losing 12 of 13, but could get some help Friday with the expected return of first baseman Yonder Alonso. Batting .284 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 54 games, he's missed the last 34 contests after suffering a fractured hand in late May.
Alonso, though, is hitting .171 in 25 career games against San Francisco.
Gaudin recorded a victory in his lone start versus San Diego in 2004 and gave up one run in 4 1-3 innings of two relief appearances against the Padres this year.
O'Sullivan won his only start against the Giants, holding them to one run over seven innings of an 8-1 victory with the Angels on June 16, 2009.
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