Zito: 'You've got to have a short term memory in this game'
Buster Posey hit his first home run of the season in the Giants' 5-0 win over the Padres Sunday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN FRANCISCO -- After being swept in three games at Milwaukee, the Giants returned the favor…albeit to San Diego, finishing off the three-game sweep with a 5-0 defeat of the Padres at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. The Giants outscored the Padres by a combined 10-2 on the weekend and held the Padres scoreless the final 21 innings of the series.
Barry Zito remained unscored upon at home thus far and Buster Posey, who caught Zito, hit his first home run of the season.
The Giants improved to 12-7 on the season, 7-2 at home.
Starting pitching report
Marinate in this -- Barry Zito has yet to give up a run at home this season. After throwing seven shutout innings at the Padres Sunday, Zito is unscathed in 21 innings at AT&T Park in 2013. The left-hander recovered nicely, thank you very much, from his nine-run Milwaukee meltdown earlier in the week, allowing just five hits and one walk to the Padres while striking out four in 102 pitches, 71 strikes.
Chad Gaudin threw a pair of scoreless innings at the Padres, allowing one hit.
At the plate
Reigning National League MVP Buster Posey hit his first home run of the season -- in Game 19, in his 55th at-bat -- when he sat on a first-pitch hanging curveball from lefty Eric Stults with two out in the fifth inning, crushing the first-pitch offering and sending it deep into the left-field bleachers for a two-run shot. Pablo Sandoval was on base with an infield single when Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera could not handle the hot grounder. The Giants scored three times in the third inning, two on Angel Pagan's double to drive in Andres Torres and Brandon Crawford, and another on Sandoval's two-out single up the middle to bring in Pagan. Torres had a single and a double.
In the field
Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro made a snazzy grab of a line drive off the bat of Jedd Gyorko for the second out of the fourth inning, stretching out and going across his body to make the catch. Padres left-fielder Kyle Blanks, all 6-feet-6, 264 pounds of him, crashed into the left-field wall chasing down Joaquin Arias' drive in the sixth. A dazed Blanks had to leave the game.
The Giants announced a crowd of 42,747, the 174th consecutive regular season home sellout. And it looked legit.
Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 5.89 ERA) starts the series opener against Arizona on Monday at AT&T Park. The right-hander is coming off a season-high seven-inning outing in Milwaukee on Wednesday in which he received no decision after giving up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Vogelsong is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 13 career games, seven starts, against the Diamondbacks. Last year, he was 0-1 with an ERA of 8.56 in three starts against Arizona. Lefty Wade Miller (2-0, 2.79) is scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks.