Surkamp, Giants look for another win over Padres

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Surkamp, Giants look for another win over Padres

September 6, 2011

GIANTS (74-67) vs.
SAN DIEGO (61-80)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants aren't giving up on winning the NL West, but the task is daunting.

A lineup without Carlos Beltran would make it even more of a challenge.

With Beltran's status unclear, Sandoval and the Giants try to continue capitalizing on the last-place San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.

San Francisco (74-67) is second in the West, seven games back of first-place Arizona with 21 to play. The Giants failed to capitalize on a visit from the Diamondbacks over the weekend, dropping two of three. They meet again for three games in Phoenix from Sept. 23-25, but that series will be too late for the Giants to make a run unless they make up some ground first.

To do that, San Francisco must take advantage in the meantime of playing its next 16 games against the rest of the division, which is exclusively below .500.

Sandoval, who went 0 for 9 in the series against Arizona, got the seemingly favorable 16-game stretch off to a positive start by belting a pair of solo homers and scoring three runs in Monday's 7-2 win over San Diego (61-80). The victory was the Giants' seventh in nine meetings with the Padres, and came one day after they mustered three hits and wasted an eighth-inning lead en route to a 4-1 loss to Arizona.

REWIND: Sandoval, Bumgarner propel Giants past Padres

"I'm proud of how the guys bounced back," manager Bruce Bochy said. "They played so well. I mean, that's as tough a loss as we've had all year. We played one of our better games. We did a great job of putting that game behind us."

Sandoval is hitting .353 with five homers and 10 RBIs in his last 13 road games, and is batting .385 with two homers and six RBIs in seven visits this season to pitcher-friendly Petco.

San Francisco is hoping Beltran will be able to return after he missed Monday's series opener with an illness. Bochy said he had either serious food poisoning or the flu and was sick all night.

Beltran is batting .395 in 12 games since returning from a strained right hand and wrist.

San Francisco will give the ball to Eric Surkamp (0-0, 1.50 ERA), who is slated to be recalled from Class A San Jose to make his second appearance in the majors.

The 24-year-old left-hander showed promise Aug. 27, allowing one run and six hits in six innings of a 2-1, 10-inning victory over Houston. He overcame some early jitters, throwing one of his first pitches to the backstop and walking his first batter and three in the first three innings.

Surkamp will pitch on regular rest after throwing six scoreless innings to win for San Jose on Thursday.

The Padres, losers in 10 of 11, will turn to Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 5.14). The left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts against the Giants - all San Diego victories - but has yet to face them in 2011.

LeBlanc has struggled in his last two outings, surrendering nine runs and 13 hits in 10 innings. He gave up four runs in six innings of Wednesday's 4-2 loss at Los Angeles.

"I didn't have a whole lot, so when you get to that point, it's just a matter of how close you can keep the game and give the guys a chance to win it," he said.

LeBlanc has held Sandoval to two hits in 11 at-bats.

Instant Replay: Warriors score 50 in third, win 10th straight vs Clippers

Instant Replay: Warriors score 50 in third, win 10th straight vs Clippers

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Shaken by a languid and sloppy first half, the Warriors woke up after halftime and laid a 123-113 pasting on the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 35 points, including 20 in the pivotal third quarter, while Kevin Durant fired in 25 points and Klay Thompson tossed in 18.

The Warriors (48-9) finished off a four-game season-series sweep of the Clippers, extending their win overall streak over LA to 10 in a row, dating back to Christmas Day 2014. They’ve won the last 11 games played in Oakland.

Shooting 73.9 percent, the Warriors scored 50 points in the third quarter -- the first 50-point quarter in the NBA since the Lakers scored 51 against the Knicks on March 25, 2014 -- to fuel their comeback. They trailed by as much as 16.

Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford each scored 19 points to lead the Clippers (35-22), whose win streak ended at four.

The game featured several boisterous moments reminiscent of Warriors-Clippers battles of a few years ago. Officials called four technical fouls, three on the Warriors and one on the Clippers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Though Durant was the triggerman for the comeback, scoring 11 points in an 83-second stretch early in the third quarter, Curry did most of the heavy damage, annihilating the Clippers with his outburst.

Curry’s line: 35 points (10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, and 9-of-10 from the line), seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-26.

TURNING POINT

After a Rivers 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 66-54 lead with 9:24 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded by outscoring LA 45-21 over the remainder of the quarter and taking a 99-87 lead.

The Clippers got no closer than 10 in the fourth quarter, during which they trailed by as much as 23.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and C David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were healthy inactives.

Clippers: G Chris Paul (L thumb ligament tear) and C Diamond Stone (L knee bone bruise) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Saturday night, when they face the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.

Instant Replay: Kings beat Nuggets behind career-night for Cauley-Stein

Instant Replay: Kings beat Nuggets behind career-night for Cauley-Stein

BOX SCORE

SACRAMENTO -- The new look Sacramento Kings might not be done just yet. Despite trading away All-Star DeMarcus Cousins over the weekend, the young and energetic Kings moved to within a half game of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff chase with a 116-100 drubbing of the Denver Nuggets.

Willie Cauley-Stein is ready for prime time. With plenty of extra opportunities to work with, the 7-footer went off for a career night, dropping in a career-high 29 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.  

Welcome to Sacramento Buddy Hield -- the centerpiece to the trade that sent Cousins to the Pelicans put on a show for his new fanbase. The rookie out of Oklahoma dropped in 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the win.

Seldom-used rookie Skal Labissiere looked aggressive early, scoring eight of his career-high 12 points during the first half. He added three rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Darren Collison set up the youngsters, finishing the night with 10 assists and 12 points. Ben McLemore was overmatched at the small forward spot, but still managed to go for 10 points on 2-for-3 shooting from long range.

Tyreke Evans added 15 points in his first game back in a Kings uniform in nearly four years, while Kosta Koufos chipped in eight points and six rebounds.

Gary Harris got it going from the perimeter, dropping in 23 points on 5-of-11 from deep.

Sacramento played small ball and Danilo Gallinari made them pay. In his first game after an eight game absence, the Italian-born forward scored 15 points and handed out six rebounds.

Wilson Chandler added 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points and six assists and Will Barton tossed in 16 off the Denver bench.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Cauley-Stein put on an aerial assault with highlight reel dunks and pretty jumpers from the perimeter. The second-year big said he was ready to take off Tuesday when he spoke to media members, but no one saw this coming.

TURNING POINT

The Kings punched first and never stop hitting the Nuggets. Denver looked stunned as the Kings’ young players put on a show.

INJURY UPDATE

Arron Afflalo, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson are all out with varying degrees of hamstring issues. Afflalo sat with hamstring stiffness and is day-to-day. Temple is out for another few games with a left hamstring tear and rookie Richardson is out 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the season with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Kings return to the court next Saturday for a mid-day matinee -- Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets drop by Golden 1 Center for a 2 pm start.