Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Scores: Giants Sneak by Dodgers 4-3 Behind HR's from Pablo Sandoval, Mike Fontenot

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Giants vs. Dodgers MLB Series Recap: San Francisco Gets To .500

So far, it's been a pretty inconsistent season for the San Francisco Giants, though we're only twelve games in, so that probably doesn't mean anything. Either way, they got closer to evening things up against the Los Angeles Dodgers, after dropping three-of-four away, they took two of a three game set at home in AT&T Park. Outside of being dominated in game one, the Giants looked largely like the better team in games one and two, with good pitching and hitting all throughout the lineup.

Giants Pitcher of the Series: Brian Wilson - When Wilson came in for the Cardinals series, he walked two and gave up two hits and blew the save. When Wilson came in for his first game against the Dodgers, he struck out the side. Swinging strikes that made people look silly. When he came in again, it was three up and three down. Wilson showed a lot of movement on his pitches, and that's a terrifying thing.

Giants Hitter of the Series: Mike Fontenot - This is the first and most likely (but hopefully not) last time he gets the best hitter award. Honestly, somebody on McCovey Chronicles mentioned how Fontenot hates looking at the back of his baseball card, and I felt bad for him. Fontenot hit a homerun to give the Giants the lead in game three, right after a Pablo Sandoval homerun. You can look at it now, Grant. You can look at it now.

Stat of the Series: Sitting with nine strikeouts and looking good throughout, Jonathan Sanchez was pitching from behind when the Dodgers led 3-2. That's right, 9 K's, and you're still looking at a point down. Such is the life of being a Giants pitcher. They would eventually win, but it was a moment in time where I stared at the stat and just ... huh? Also considered Fontenot here. Just because.

Upcoming Schedule: The Giants head out on a six-game road trip to first take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set, and then face the Colorado Rockies in another set of three. 

Series Results:

Monday: Dodgers 6-1
WP: Clayton Kershaw (2-1)
LP: Madison Bumgarner (0-2)

Tuesday: Giants 5-4
WP: Jeremy Affeldt (1-0)
SV: Brian Wilson (2)
LP: Blake Hawksworth (1-1)

Wednesday: Giants 4-3
WP: Jonathan Sanchez (1-1)
SV: Brian Wilson (2)
LP: Ted Lilly (0-2)

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Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Scores: Buster Posey Takes Two for the Team

In his first two plate appearances tonight Buster Posey got plunked twice by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly, and I don't think it was because of a lack of concentration. In Tim Linceum's two outings against the Dodgers this year, he beaned former Giant Juan Uribe twice, one was bad enough to keep him out of the lineup the next day. Retaliation is just part of the game of baseball, and unfortunately for Buster (and his rib cage/elbow) he was the one selected to take one, make that two, for the team. Buster exacted a bit of revenge though, stealing second base after his second beaning, and could have done it standing up, but the ultimate reprisal was the Giants winning the game and the series against the rival Dodgers. 

Maybe Lilly was simply afraid of the reigning Rookie of the Year after his 3-4, 2 RBI showing the night before, but more than likely it was an simple example of baseball recrimination. Both teams were warned after Lilly's second HBP, and the rest of the night was rather uneventful. What am I talking about? When is it ever boring with these Giants?

Keeping up with last year's 'different hero every night' theme they had going, Mike Fontenot had 2 of the G-Men's 4 RBI's, including a moon shot to right field in the 6th, and he wasn't even supposed to start tonight. Mark DeRosa was slated for second base, but was a late scratch as a precaution after he felt some soreness in his surgically repaired wrist. Hopefully DeRo will be fine, but if Fontenot is going to produce like that, than I'm all for giving the kid some more at bats. The bullpen was stellar, using 5 arms in 2 innings, allowing only 2 hits combined and getting Brian Wilson his second save of the year. Buster made his presence felt again in the 7th when he caught Tony Gwynn in a pickle to end the inning with the Dodgers threatening. Should've beaned him three times apparently. 

The last two games were definite confidence boosters for San Francisco, almost as if they recaptured some of the magic of last season. Hopefully they can take it on the road with them to Arizona this weekend and keep the good times rolling.

Quick injury update: John Shea reported that Andres Torres will run the bases Thursday to test out his injured achilles after getting some BP in today and felt good. If all goes well he could be back this weekend. mlb.com reported Cody Ross will also travel with the team to Arizona after running on his strained calf for the second day in a row, as well as doing agility drills. He will likely see some time in an extended spring training game while down in Arizona and will be back later this month. 

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Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Scores: Giants Sneak by Dodgers 4-3 Behind HR's from Pablo Sandoval, Mike Fontenot

For the second night in a row the San Francisco Giants found themselves in the middle of a dogfight with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and for the second night in a row the Giants squeaked out a win. Jonathan Sanchez gave up a few runs, but Pablo Sandoval and Mike Fontenot made sure to lift the Sanchize up, along with the rest of the team by a score of 4-3 at AT&T Park tonight.

Sanchez (W 1-1) was pretty solid as he went for 6 full innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 earned runs (2 of which came from a Rod Barajas homer) 2 walks, and nine strikeouts. Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo, and Jeremy Affeldt were the battery that held down the Giants lead, while Brian Wilson went for back-to-back appearances for the first time since the World Series, getting his second save of the season.

Pablo Sandoval launched his first homer from the right side of the plate this year in the sixth, his second of the season. Mike Fontenot followed suit with a homer in the 6th as well, going 2-3 with and RBI double to boot. Aubrey Huff was 2-3 with and RBI sacrifice fly, while Aaron Rowand was 2-4.

Ted Lilly (L 0-2) also lasted for six innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 earned runs, no walks and two strikeouts, as well as the two Giants home runs. Rod Barajas finished 2-3 with a 2 RBI homer, while Aaron Miles was 3-4 with a RBI double.

Full box score can be found here.

With the win it moves the Giants to an even 6-6 for the season, and 3-3 with the Dodgers in their season series. After the off day tomorrow, the Giants will head to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:40. Matt Cain (1-0 1.38 ERA) will take on Daniel Hudson (1-1 8.00 ERA) for the Diamondbacks.

For more discussion and analysis, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Dodgers, Starting Lineups Preview: Lineups For Tonight's Matchup

As the San Francisco Giants look to take 2 out of 3 from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at AT&T Park, I’m sure the talk of fans around the stadium will be Barry Bonds and his obstruction of justice conviction, but the present Giants could probably care less. But in sport as in life, the show must go on, and tonight the Giants will look to tie the season series with L.A. at 3 games apiece.

Jonathan Sanchez (0-1 2.53 ERA) will face the Dodgers Ted Lilly (0-1 6.00 ERA) tonight; the Sanchize currently is 2-1 over his last 3 starts versus the Dodgers, sporting a 1.37 ERA with 4 walks and 29 strikeouts.

Today’s lineup for your San Francisco Giants:

CF Aaron Rowand
2B Mark DeRosa
RF Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
SS Miguel Tejada
LF Pat Burrell
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Brandon Belt
SP Jonathan Sanchez

Dodgers Lineup:

SS Jamey Carroll SS
1B Casey Blake
RF Andre Ethier
CF Matt Kemp
3B Juan Uribe
LF Marcus Thames
C Rod Barajas
2B Aaron Miles
SP Ted Lilly

First pitch is slated for 7:15 tonight with coverage on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head over to our G-Men blog, McCovey Chronicles, to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Scores: Giants Offense Wakes Up, Outlasts Dodgers 5-4

It was a back and forth battle this evening at a chilly AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers traded blows inning by inning, but the G-Men eventually came out on top by a score of 5-4.

Tim Lincecum lasted 5 1/3 innings in his 2011 home debut, allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, a walk, and four strikeouts. Timmy was pulled with the bases loaded in the 6th, but Guillermo Mota got out of the inning unscathed. Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) gave up a tying home run to Marcus Thames in the 7th but got the win anyway, Sergio Romo pitched a perfect eighth, while Brian Wilson came in for his first save of the season, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth.

Buster Posey had great night, hitting two, two-out RBI singles, finishing the game 3-4. Aaron Rowand was locked in as well, going 2-4 with an RBI and a triple to start off the bottom of the seventh, eventually scoring the winning run on a wild pitch by Blake Hawksworth (1-1), taking the loss for the game . Pablo Sandoval went 1-4 with an RBI single, moving his average to .368 for the season thus far.

Chad Billingsley started out hot, but the Giants started to get to him, knocking him out after 5 innings; he allowed 7 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Matt Kemp continued his hot start going 2-2 with 2 walks and an RBI, while former Giant Juan Uribe went 1-4 with an RBI double.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will finish up their series with the Dodgers tomorrow night as Jonathan Sanchez (0-1 2.53 ERA) takes the mound for the G-Men facing Ted Lilly (0-1 6.00 ERA) for the Dodgers. First pitch will be at 7:15 and can be seen on NBC Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Schedule Preview: Lineups For Tonight's Matchup

After last night’s 6-1 drubbing by the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants have begun the season 4-6, with 4 of those losses by the hands of the Dodgers. But with all of the pregame ceremonies and championship hoopla finally over, the G-Men can get back to focusing on one thing and one thing only, winning baseball games.

Good things usually happen for the Giants when ace Tim Lincecum (1-1 0.64 ERA) takes the mound, but the struggling Giants offense will have to compete with another top pitcher from the Dodgers, right hander Chad Billingsley (1-1 8.00 ERA).

Tonight’s lineup for your San Francisco Giants:

CF Aaron Rowand
2B Freddy Sanchez
RF Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Pat Burrell
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Brandon Belt
SP Tim Lincecum

Dodgers Lineup:

LF Tony Gwynn
SS Jamey Carroll
RF Andre Ethier
CF Matt Kemp
1B James Loney
3b Juan Uribe
C Rod Barajas
2B Aaron Miles
SP Chad Billingsley

SS Rafael Furcal broke his thumb sliding into third yesterday, and has been placed of the DL.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Scores: Giants Offense Struggles Again as Dodgers Dominate 6-1

For the second night in a row the San Francisco Giants found their offense hard to come by as the Los Angeles Dodgers led by Clayton Kershaw took down the defending champs by a score of #-# at AT&T Park. The Giants are now 1-4 with their rivals from L.A.,

Madison Bumgarner (0-2 9.00 ERA) was tagged with the loss, having his second rough outing in his two starts so far this season. Bummy lasted only 5 innings while giving up 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts and a Rod Barajas homer. Ramon Ramirez came in for a scoreless sixth but gave up a run in the seventh, while Dan Runzler and Javier Lopez pitched a perfect eighth and ninth respectively.

Clayton Kershaw (2-1 1.37 ERA) had another nice night against the Giants, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allow 6 hits, no runs, 2 walks, and seven strikeouts, now with 16 strikeouts against the G-Men is his two starts so far. Andre Ethier went 2-4 with 2 RBI while Matt Kemp was 1-3 with an RBI, two walks, and a stolen base.

As for the Giants stagnant offense, Pat Burrell’s home run in the bottom of the ninth was the lone run for the G-Men, his fourth home run of the season. Burrell finished the night 2-2 with two walks, Aubrey Huff went 2-4, Pablo Sandoval went 1-3, while Buster Posey went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. San Francisco left 7 players on base tonight while no Giant besides Burrell had an extra base hit.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have their second meeting of their three game set with the Dodgers tomorrow, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tim Lincecum (1-1 0.64 ERA) will be on the mound to face Chad Billingsley (1-1 8.00 ERA) for the Dodgers.

For more discussion and analysis of everything Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Dodgers, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Offense Seeking Revenge on Clayton Kershaw

After the San Francisco Giants offense sputtered yesterday to a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, they will have to regroup and in a hurry as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to AT&T for a three game series starting tonight. It will likely be another pitching duel for both teams as the Giants send Madison Bumgarner (0-1 9.00 ERA) to the mound to face Clayton Kershaw (1-1 2.08 ERA) for the second time in the last few weeks, although I’m sure the G-Men wil be looking for a better outing against him then they had on opening day.

Kershaw blanked the Giants in the first game of the season, allowing only 4 hits will fanning nine. His stuff was filthy that day, but hopefully the Giants will be up for the challenge this evening. As for Bumgarner, he had a really rough start in San Diego last week, throwing 73 pitches in only 3 innings of work while allowing 5 hits 3 earned runs and 2 walks. He seemed to lose his composure out there a little bit, but hopefully if the going gets tough tonight he’ll be able to fight through it. San Francisco is already down 3-1 in their season series with the rival Dodgers, but will look to turn the tides in their favor starting tonight.

As for an injury update on Andres Torres, he will be on crutches and wearing a boot for the next few days until the Giants know more about his apparent left achilles injury after another MRI and more examination on Wednesday.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 tonight and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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