Giants Vs. Padres, Series Preview: San Francisco Moves On Without Melky In San Diego

July 25, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) encourages his players as they bat in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Can the Giants return to form in San Diego?

Coming off a disappointing series with the Washington Nationals, the San Francisco Giants have headed south to take on their NL west rival San Diego Padres for a three game set at Petco Park.

The Pads had a solid streak going before being swept by the Atlanta Braves in their last series, looking to hold court on their home turf. The Giants lost two out of three to the Nats while losing Melky Cabrera in the process as this will be the first series they've played without him all season.

Ross Ohlendorf (4-3, 6.41) takes on Matt Cain (11-5, 2.99) in the opener. Cain earned himself a win on August 11 to get back in the saddle, lasting 7.2 innings of two-run ball. It was his first victory in his past five starts. As for Ohlendorf, he lasted just three innings in his last start after giving up seven early runs to the Pirates. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Eric Stults (3-2, 2.45) faces Barry Zito (9-8, 4.29) in a battle of the lefties. Zito lasted 5.1 innings in his last start, a non decision against Colorado, while Stults earned the win in Atlanta in his last outing with 7.2 innings of two-run ball. First pitch is at 5:35 with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Clayton Richard (9-12, 3.91) and RHP Ryan Vogelsong (10-6, 2.72) duke it out in the finale. Vogey had one of his worst outings over after lasting just 2.2 innings, giving up 8 runs. As for Richard he took the loss in his last start as well after allowing five runs in 6.1 innings of work. First pitch is at 1:05 with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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