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Giants vs. Padres Preview: Madison Bumgarner Looking to Start Second Half Right

Welcome to the second half of the season boys and girls, glad you all could join us. And what a better place to start than with the San Francisco Giants taking on the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. 

Madison Bumgarner (4-9 3.87 ERA) is picking up where he left off after throwing six innings against the Padres in his last start before the break, allowing five earned in a no decision win for the Giants. The Pads have had Madison's number so far this year, beginning the season in April with a 3-1 loss against them at Petco where he lasted only three innings into the game.  Hopefully he can keep it together long enough for the offense to give him some support. 

Pablo Sandoval will be in line to extend his hitting streak to 22 straight games on Thursday, only three behind the Giants all-time record of 25 set by legend Jack Clark. Pablo unofficially kept the streak going in Arizona during the All-Star break, slapping an oppositie field ground rule double in the seventh in his only at bat of the game. The Giants inept offense will need all the help they can get because aside from Pablo, not many Giants hitters are in a groove heading down to San Diego right now, but they may be able to find one in the open spaces at Petco. But don't expect many long balls out of these guys down there, they're the only club in baseball without a hitter with double digit homers.

Aaron Harang (7-2 3.45 ERA) will throw for San Diego this evening, and has been the Padres most consistent starter to date. His 4-2 record with a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts has played a large factor as to the Padres hot streak they had going before the break, and is the lynchpin of their rotation as the eldest and most successful starter they have.  

First pitch is set for 7:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.