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Harang goes six strong, Padres top skidding Giants

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SAN DIEGO -- The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants feel they'll be fine once they start getting some timely hits.

Aaron Harang pitched six strong innings in his debut with his hometown Padres, who won their home opener 3-1 Tuesday against the skidding Giants.

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The Giants, eliminated the Padres from playoff contention on the last day of the 2010 season, have lost four of five games to open the season.

"We felt like we were in all these games, except the last one in L.A.," catcher Buster Posey said. "One positive is we are one big hit away from tying it up or going ahead."

Unfortunately for Posey, he couldn't come up with what would have been a big hit.

With the Giants leading 1-0, Harang got in trouble in the third inning when he loaded the bases on Miguel Tejada's leadoff double, a single by starter Madison Bumgarner and Aubrey Huff's two-out walk. He got out of it when Posey hit a one-hopper back to the mound.

"Right now we are not getting a lot of timely hits on this trip," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's what it's going to take to win games."

Bochy said the Giants aren't panicking.

"We're not through the first week yet," he said. "We're not looking to make any changes yet."

Harang (1-0) held the Giants to one run on six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two. He joined the Padres as a free agent in the offseason after spending 7 1/2 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. Harang made five straight opening day starts with the Reds. Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in as many chances.

Nick Hundley had three hits for the Padres, who returned home after taking two of three in St. Louis.

The Giants got a quick run when Andres Torres opened the game with a single, stole second and scored on Huff's grounder for the second out.

The Padres surged ahead 3-1 when they batted around in the bottom of the inning. Jorge Cantu hit a sacrifice fly, Chase Headley drew a bases-loaded walk and another run came in on Chris Denorfia's dribbler toward the mound that Bumgarner lost the handle on. It was scored an infield single.

"That was a tough inning," said Posey, the catcher. "He threw a lot of tough pitches. Give the Padres the credit. They were working deep in the counts and fouling off good pitches."

Bumgarner (0-1) was pulled after allowing Hundley's leadoff double in the fourth. He gave up three runs on five hits, walked three and struck out two.

After playing a messy series in the field in Los Angeles, the Giants had one defensive gaffe, but it didn't cost them. After Hundley doubled leading off the fourth, he was caught in a rundown when reliever Guillermo Mota gloved Jason Bartlett's comebacker and threw to second. Hundley, though, was able to elude the tag of Pablo Sandoval and was safe at third, giving the Padres runners on the corners with one out. They were stranded when Mota retired the next two batters.

Notes

  • San Francisco closer Brian Wilson, who's on the DL with a strained muscle in his left side, played catch. Manager Bruce Bochy said the Giants are leaning toward activating Wilson.
  • Padres skipper Bud Black said ace Mat Latos, on the DL with a sore right shoulder, was fine after Monday's simulated game. Latos is scheduled to throw two bullpens this week and Black said there's a good chance he'll be back in the rotation for a series against Cincinnati that starts Monday night.
  • Trevor Hoffman, who retired in the offseason, jogged in from the bullpen accompanied by AC/DC's "Hells Bells" and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to brother Glenn, the Padres' third base coach. Glenn Hoffman was accompanied by bullpen catcher Mark Merila, a cancer survivor.
  • Cedric Hunter, pinch-hitting for Harang in the sixth inning, singled to center for his first big league hit.
 
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Chase Headley slides into Freddy Sanchez to break up a double play, and the Padres hold off the Giants for a 3-1 win.  (US Presswire)
Chase Headley slides into Freddy Sanchez to break up a double play, and the Padres hold off the Giants for a 3-1 win. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

N. Hundley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

A. Harang
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4120012 .278
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000015 .368
Aubrey Huff, RF3001110 .211
Buster Posey, C4010013 .250
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3010110 .333
Pat Burrell, LF4010012 .167
Brandon Belt, 1B4000001 .118
Miguel Tejada, SS4010000 .238
Madison Bumgarner, P10100001.000
    Guillermo Mota, P1000010 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1010000 .571
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals3318127  
a-singled for Mota in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (2, Harang)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (4)
SB - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base off Harang/Hundley)
CS - Pablo Sandoval (1, 2nd base by Harang/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Posey-Sandoval
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (L,0-1) 3533320 9.00
Guillermo Mota 3200130 0.00
Ramon Ramirez 2000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 73-42, Guillermo Mota 40-24, Ramon Ramirez 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 2-5, Guillermo Mota 4-2, Ramon Ramirez 5-1
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 17, Guillermo Mota 12, Ramon Ramirez 6
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bartlett, SS3100112 .176
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110024 .154
Jorge Cantu, 1B3001002 .143
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000100 .154
Chase Headley, 3B2001200 .214
Chris Denorfia, RF4021001 .222
Cameron Maybin, CF4000015 .188
Nick Hundley, C4130000 .533
Aaron Harang, P1000011 .000
   a- Cedric Hunter, PH10100001.000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals2937345  
a-singled for Harang in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nick Hundley (2, Bumgarner)
SF - Jorge Cantu (1)
SH - Aaron Harang (1)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (1), Chase Headley (5), Chris Denorfia (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (1), Chris Denorfia (1)
SB - Jason Bartlett (1, 2nd base off Mota/Posey)
CS - Cedric Hunter (1, 3rd base by Mota/Posey)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Bartlett-Cantu
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (W,1-0) 6611260 1.50
Luke Gregerson (H,1) 1200000 3.00
Mike Adams (H,1) 1000010 4.50
Heath Bell (S,2) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 94-57, Luke Gregerson 17-13, Mike Adams 17-12, Heath Bell 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-3, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Heath Bell 3-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 24, Luke Gregerson 5, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43146
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Brian Runge