A couple of key pieces returned to the Padres' lineup Friday but couldn't pull the club out of its extended slump. San Diego will hope to see more of an impact Saturday night, when it hosts the Giants for the third of a four-game series at Petco Park.
Both teams were scuffling terribly going into Thursday's opener. The Giants, even after winning the first two contests, have lost 14 of their past 18. The Padres have dropped three straight and 17 of 20.
Friday's 10-1 defeat was the 13th time during that stretch that San Diego has scored two runs or fewer. That despite the fact that the club finally got first baseman Yonder Alonso and second baseman Jedd Gyorko back in its lineup after lengthy stints on the disabled list.
Alonso had missed 34 games with a broken bone in his right hand, while Gyorko sat out 30 with a groin strain. Both players rank among the Padres' top four in batting average and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) this season.
"This is closer to the lineup we expected to have," manager Bud Black said before Friday's game. "When they're all doing what they are capable of doing, we think offensively this is a lineup that's going to be productive."
Alonso and Gyorko both went hitless in their return but will try for better results Saturday against the Giants' Tim Lincecum.
The right-hander is 4-9 with a 4.61 ERA this season but is coming off a strong outing Monday against the Mets. He gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings, issuing one walk and striking out a season-high 11.
Lincecum will oppose righty Edinson Volquez (6-7, 5.33), who had trouble finding his delivery early in his start against the Rockies on Monday. He gave up four runs, including two in the first inning, on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
"I was trying to do the best I could to get back where I was [pregame] and I couldn't find it tonight," he said. "I was off a little bit with my rhythm."
Giants: Frenchy on his way?
The Giants are likely to add outfielder Jeff Francoeur to their roster Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday's game. The Giants signed the veteran to a Minor League deal Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Fresno after he was released by the Royals.
Francoeur played his fourth game with the Grizzlies on Friday and went 2-for-5. He hit .208 with a .571 OPS for Kansas City this season but has a history of playing well for new teams.
Bochy said the right-handed hitter probably will platoon with the left-handed Kensuke Tanaka in left field. Francoeur is a .287 career hitter against lefties, compared with .255 against righties.
• Bochy also said the club could add reliever Santiago Casilla on Saturday. Casilla hasn't pitched since May 20 and has been on the disabled list after having surgery to remove a cyst from his right knee. He has a 1.89 ERA in 21 appearances this season.
Padres: A flurry of moves
With Alonso and Gyorko coming off the disabled list and pitcher Sean O'Sullivan coming up from Triple-A Tucson to make a start, the Padres had to make several roster moves Friday.
Outfielder Kyle Blanks was placed on the 15-day disabled list, infielder Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment, reliever Miles Mikolas was optioned to Tucson and starter Clayton Richard was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to free up roster spots.
• Blanks' trip to the DL meant that even as the Padres got some key offensive players back, they lost one as well. Blanks is hitting .256 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs this season.
He is suffering from left Achilles tendinitis, something that has bothered him on and off since early June.
• Francoeur has played for the Braves, Mets, Rangers and Royals over nine years in the big leagues. In his first seasons with those clubs, he has hit .297, compared with .251 during the rest of his career.
• Lincecum, who has a 2.48 career ERA in 12 starts at Petco Park, has held the Padres to two runs on 10 hits in 13 2/3 innings this season. He has struck out 17 and walked five.
• Volquez has the fifth-highest rate of walks per nine innings in the Majors, while Lincecum is 10th.