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Giants Vs. Nationals: Nats Take Series With 6-4 Victory

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Final Score: Nats Drop Tim Lincecum, G-Men 6-4

Wednesday's finale between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals was billed as a pitcher's duel between Stephen Strasburg and Tim Lincecum, though the news of Melky Cabrera's extension brought a dark cloud over a sunny afternoon at AT&T Park. And when the dust cleared it was the Nats who would claim victory, taking out the Giants by the Score of 6-4.

Lincecum lasted only four innings after giving up four early runs, two coming in the form of a two-run jack by Danny Espinosa. Timmy would depart with eight hits and five strikeouts along with just one walk.

As for Strasburg, he tossed six innings of two-run ball before departing, holding the Giants to four hits while fanning seven.

A pair of singles from Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco put the Giants on the board, and an error plated another in the bottom of the ninth, but the Nats proved too much, with Tyler Clippard notching his 25th save of the year.

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Melky Cabrera Suspension: The 5 Stages Of Grief

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Tim Lincecum, Stephen Strasburg Square Off In Series Finale

As the San Francisco Giants look to close out another series at AT&T Park, they'll have to face on of the toughest arms in the National League as Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Strasburg (13-5, 2.90), whom the Nats are trying to limit innings for and maybe even keep him from competing in the postseason due to Tommy John surgery, has been lights out this August, allowing just one run and four hits over 12 innings pitched this month. That certainly seems like a guy you want out on the bump.

As for the Giants, they'll send out Tim Lincecum, (6-12, 5.35 ERA) who is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts. He's struggled mightily against the Nats lately, going 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four starts against them, including a career-high eight runs over 3 1/3 innings in Washington on July 3.

First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Final Score: G-Men Rally Late To Fend Off Nats 6-1

After their beat down at the hands of the Washington Nationals on Monday night the San Francisco giants ere looking to bounce back in a big way. And thanks to another stellar performance by Madison Bumgarner and some timely hitting from guys like Brandon Belt the Black and Orange took game two by the score of 6-1.

Bumgarner (13-7) was on point, striking out six while walking just one in his second complete game this year, scattering just five hits along the way.

As for Belt, he thought he had hit a home run not once but twice, ending up with RBI base hits instead. The Giant would hold on to the 2-0 lead until the seventh, but added four extra insurance runs in the eighth to ensure victory.

The Giants and Nats complete their series on Wednesday as Stephen Strasburg takes on Tim Lincecum in a matinee at 12:45 p.m. PT.

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Giants vs. Nationals Starting Lineup: Pablo Sandoval Back In at the 5 Spot

Kung Fu Panda is making his grand return to the Giants starting line-up for the first time since returning from the DL. Pablo Sandoval pinch hit in last night's obliteration by the Nationals 14-2.

01. Angel Pagan, CF

02. Marco Scutaro, 2B

03. Melky Cabrera, LF

04. Buster Posey, C

05. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

06. Hunter Pence, RF

07. Brandon Belt, 1B

08. Brandon Crawford, SS

09. Madison Bumgarner, LHP

Bumgarner has been rolling as of late at AT&T Park, but the Nationals figured him out last time they saw him, hitting him up for seven runs in five innings of work. It will be a tough task for the G-Men as they go up against the new NL ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann, who matched his career high with 11 strikeouts in his last start against the Houston Astros.

01. Danny Espinosa, SS

02. Bryce Harper, CF

03. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

04. Jayson Werth, RF

05. Adam LaRoche, 1B

06. Tyler Moore, LF

07. Jesus Flores, C

08. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

09. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP

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Brad Penny Injury Update: Penny to the DL; Dan Otero Called Up From AAA

Brad Penny took an absolute shellacking last night in the San Francisco Giants 14-2 loss to the Nationals. The beating was so severe that Penny was sent to the DL with shoulder soreness today.

Penny pitched two innings and gave up six runs to raise his ERA to a slightly substandard 6.86 on the year. Granted, the game was already out of hand after Ryan Vogelsong got battered around for eight runs in 2.2 innings.

The Giants called up Dan Otero from AAA Fresno for his second stint with the big-league club this year. Otero appeared in seven games in April and was actually pretty good if you take out his April 24, implosion against the Cincinnati Reds when he gave up six runs in 1.2 innings. Otero has a 8.64 ERA on the year.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: G-Men Look To Bounce Back Behind Madison Bumgarner

After the drubbing at the hands of the Washington Nationals Monday night, the San Francisco Giants have to regroup and look to get back on trace at AT&T Park on Tuesday.

Bumgarner (12-7, 3.08 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his last six starts at AT&T Park, but gave up a season high seven runs and nine hits, including home runs to Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Jonathan Solano, in five innings of work in a 9-4 loss to Washington on July 4.

After Vogelsong's schlepping on Monday, the new NL ERA leader Jordan Zimmerman (9-6, 2.35) became the league's ERA leader, owning 1.60 ERA since July 22. He allowed just three hits with a career high 11 strikeouts in six innings of work against Houston in his last start. He is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his past five starts on the road.

Monday's loss left the Giants tied with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, so wins in this series will be crucial.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Final Score: Nats Annihilate G-Men 14-2

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Danny Espinosa crushed a two-run home run among his four hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times, as the Nationals routed the Giants, 14-2, in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Kurt Suzuki plated a season-high four runs, Roger Bernadina knocked in three, and Washington pounded out 21 hits to set a new single-game mark for the most hits in AT&T Park's 1,032-game history.

"It was fun watching the offense. We beat up on a pretty good pitcher," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Gio Gonzalez (15-6) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to move into a tie for the NL lead in wins with New York's R.A. Dickey and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto.

Ryan Vogelsong (10-6) was tagged for eight runs on nine hits and two walks over just 2 2/3 innings, snapping a streak of 22 straight starts in which he's pitched at least six innings.

"There's not a lot to say," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "(Vogelsong) has been so good and had some tough luck along with the base hits. This guy has been as consistent as anybody and they placed the ball well tonight. It's just one of those days."

Brandon Crawford belted a two-run home run in the seventh to end the shutout, but the loss dropped the Giants into a tie for first place in the NL West with the Dodgers, who won earlier on Monday.

Ryan Zimmerman's double in the first scored Steve Lombardozzi before the Nationals erupted for a seven-run third inning.

Lombardozzi worked a one-out walk before Bryce Harper and Zimmerman stroked back-to-back singles to load the bases.

Vogelsong then walked Adam LaRoche to plate a run before Michael Morse, Espinosa and Bernadina slapped consecutive RBI singles to give the visitors a 5-0 advantage.

The big blow of the inning came off the bat of Suzuki, who laced a grounder down the third-base line to score three runners, as the Nationals took a commanding 8-0 lead.

The Nats packed the bags again in the fourth against Brad Penny and Bernadina scorched a double off the brick wall in right to plate a pair before Suzuki followed with an RBI single to make it an 11-0 margin.

In the fifth, Harper singled, moved to third on a groundout, and then scored on Penny's wild pitch.

Tyler Moore then worked a walk before Espinosa drove a curveball over the wall in straightaway center field to extend the lead to 14-0.

Crawford's fourth home run of the year chased Gonzalez from the game in the seventh, but it was too little, too late as the Nationals cruised to the victory.

Game Notes

The Nats had 21 hits, tying for the most in Nationals history since the move to Washington in 2005....Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the game due to right ankle soreness...Bochy was ejected in the third inning for arguing a call at first base...San Francisco infielder Pablo Sandoval was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and popped out...Penny was charged for six runs on seven hits and two walks in two innings.

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Pablo Sandoval Injury Update: San Francisco Giants 3B Activated From Disabled List

The Giants have been one of the hottest-hitting teams in the NL, and that only looks to continue as the team activated Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list Monday.

He won't play Monday, but Bruce Bochy said he will be available to pinch hit. Sandoval will slide right back into the five-hole behind Buster Posey (who has been on a ridiculous tear as of late).

Sandoval went on the 15-Day DL with hamstring problems, and played his last game on July 24. On the season, he has posted a strong .299/.352/.491 line with eight home runs and 33 RBIs.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Ryan Vogelsong, Gio Gonzalez Battle In Game 1

After fending off the Colorado Rockies to claim yet another series victory, the San Francisco Giant will have their hands full come Monday night when the Washington Nationals come to town looking to keep their mojo going.

Ryan Vogelsong (10-5, 2.27), will take the bump for the Black and Orange, looking to continue his incredible 2012 campaign. Vogey has given up more than three runs only once over his last 18 starts, allowing just three hits over seven innings of work in the Giants' 15-0 beat down of the Cardinals last week.

Former Oakland Athletic Gio Gonzalez (14-6, 3.32 ERA) is having a stellar year since being traded to D.C., and will be looking for some more success while back in the Bay. He tosseed a complete-game on Wednesday in Houston, allowing three runs while fanning seven. He is 1-2 in four career starts against San Francisco with a 3.42 ERA.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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