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In frustrating, but seemingly tradition-fulfilling San Francisco Giants fashion, they avoided winning yet another game three, which would have been the icing on the cake after two very strong, dominating outings in the first two games of the series. The 10-2 loss on Wednesday doesn't invalidate the first two wins or anything of that nature, especially because the Giants won so handily in the other two games, outings that were 6-3 and 8-1 wins, respectively. Still, dropping two possible sweeps in subsequent series' is always disheartening.
Giants Pitcher of the Series: Tim Lincecum - He had a no-hitter going through most of game one, and finished with 7.2 innings pitched, giving up three hits and one run with three walks while striking out an impressive ten batters. Lincecum is on so far, and that's a good sign for the Giants.
Giants Hitter of the Series: Freddy Sanchez - Great this series, with a huge homerun, a couple of RBI and four hits. Freddy has been coming up big lately, and deserves this honor.
Stat of the Series: Esmil Rogers' outing in game one: he pitched three innings, gave up six hits and eight runs, walking two and only striking out three. He allowed three home runs. Absolutely brutal.
Monday: Giants 8-1
WP: Tim Lincecum (2-1)
LP: Esmil Rogers (2-1)
The San Francisco Giants were looking for the sweep against the Colorado Rockies this afternoon, but by the time the game was over, the G-Men were looking to get out of dodge and in a hurry. The Rocks offense exploded today for 10 runs, 6 of them off of Matt Cain, taking out the defending champs 10-2 at Coors Field.
Cain (L 2-1) lasted for only 4.2 innings today after giving up 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Most of the damage Cain suffered was in the second in a seemingly never-ending inning that saw a Seth Smith RBI single and a Ty Wigginton 3 run homer. He threw 100 pitches in the short start, but consdiering Matt went through some long innings, it could have been worse. Dan Runzler gave up another 2 runs in his 1.2 innings, and Guillermo Mota gave up a Ryan Spillborghs homer in the 7th. The Rockies had 13 hits in all for the day.
As for the Giants offense, it consisted of Buster Posey in the form of an RBI single in the first and a RBI groundout in the sixth. Freddy Sanchez went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored while Aaron Rowand was 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
Jorge De La Rosa (W 3-0) remained undefeated on the season, going for 7 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will have an off day tomorrow, then will host the Atlanta Braves for a three game set over the weekend. Friday will have lefty Madison Bumgarner (2-0 2.18 ERA) facing off with the Braves righty Tommy Hanson (1-3 3.86 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:15 PT and can be seen on NBC Bay Area, and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.
The San Francisco Giants hot hitting third baseman Pablo Sandoval injured his right triceps muscle during batting practice today at Coors Field, and was scratched from the lineup because of it. The injury moved Aubrey Huff from off the bench back to first base, and Mark DeRosa over to third as he was set to play first. Trainers said that the injury seemed minor, although it is not 100% certain how much time he will miss.
In other news rookie Brandon Belt was optioned back to AAA Fresno today with Cody Ross returning from the disabled list with a calf injury. Probably not how he’d like to spend his 23rd birthday is on a flight to Fresno, but Belt was is a consumate professional:
“It’s just a bunch of people coming back and not enough spots. Obviously, I have some things to work on. it’s best to get some games and at-bats to figure them out.”
Belt was hitting .192 with only 2 extra base hits in 52 at bats. He never seemed fooled at the plate, as to say he isn’t overmatched in the bigs, he just needs to figure out some things with his swing and he’ll be fine.
The San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Colorado Rockies for their third and final game of the series this afternoon with a familiar face making his return. Cody Ross, after spending a few weeks on the DL with a calf injury, will make his return to right field this afternoon as he makes his 2011 regular season debut. Cody has been out since late in Spring Training, and I’m sure he’s elated to be back on the field. According to Andrew Baggarly the Giants are still to make a decision on Brandon Belt’s future, but the writing is on the wall as a decision is to come down soon.
Ross will be put in the clean up spot in his first day on the job, a decision I’m not exactly thrilled with. Buster was bumped to third, Pablo was dropped to 8th, while Miguel Tejada was moved up to 6th. Boch knows best I guess. Aubrey Huff will get the day off as Mark DeRosa gets the start at first base.
First pitch is at 12:10 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
The San Francisco Giants have started to get a on a roll here in late April, winning 9 of their last 12. Now they will be looking to earn a sweep today against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field despite them being one of the hottest teams in basebal;.
The first two games in the series the Giants used a combination of the long ball, big first innings, and quality starting pitching to cool the NL West leaders down. Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Lincecum each held the Rockies to 4 hits or less, and their dynamic duo of Carlos Gonzales and Troy Tulowitzki are a combined 1-14 over the last two games. There’s albo been 5 different Giants that have gone yard over the past two days, they must like playing at Coors.
Matt Cain (2-0 1.42 ERA) will be on the mound today to take on Jorge De La Rosa (2-0 3.18 ERA) in a battle of undefeated pitchers in the low altitude in Denver. Hopefully Cain can continue his dominance and keep the Rockies dormant for the third straight game.
First pitch is set for 12:10 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black & Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.
For the second night in a row the San Francisco Giants had a big first inning against the Colorado Rockies, but this time it was against Ublado Jimenez. The Giants scored 4 runs in the first off Colorado’s ace, including a 3 run jack by Pablo Sandoval to take out the NL West leaders for the second time in two nights by a score of 6-3.
Aside from Pablo’s 5th home run of the year, Buster Posey had an RBI single in the first, and Aubrey Huff hit his second bomb of the year in the 7th. Mike Fontenot was on base three times tonight with a triple and two walks, and Pat Burrell was 2-4 with two singles. Aaron Rowand took a pitch to his forearm in the first, causing a contusion, and was pulled for Darren Ford in the second. Ford was 0-2, but had a walk, a stolen base and a run.
Jonathan Sanchez (W 2-1) had a great night on the mound for the G-Men, going for 6.1 innings with only 2 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The first hit, a double by Dexter Fowler, bounced out of Nate Schierholtz’s glove in right field and probably should have been caught. Ramon Ramirez pitched 0.2 innings, giving up a hit and a 2 RBI double to Dexter Fowler (charged to Sanchez), Javy Lopez pitched a perfect 8th inning, while Brain Wilson came in for his 5th save of the season in the 9th.
Ublado Jimenez (L 0-1) looked a bit rusty in his first start since his time on the DL, going 5 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and six strikeouts. He had 92 pitches in those 5 innings of work, far too many for such a short outing. Dexter Fowler was 2-4 with 2 RBI, Ty Wigginton was 1-2, while the rest of the Rocks went hitless.
Full box score can be found here.
With the win the Giants move to 10-7 on the season and have won 4 of their last 5. The Giants will look for the sweep in their third and final game with the Rox tomorrow with first pitch set for 12:10 PT. Matt Cain (2-0 1.42 ERA) will be on the mound to face Jorge De La Rosa (2-0 3.18 ERA). You can catch the game on CSN Bay Area or KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis or everything Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.
The lineups are set for the second of a three game series between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, and should prove to be a great matchup of starting pitchers. Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0 7.50 ERA) is coming off his stint on the DL today to face Jonathan Sanchez (1-1 3.24 ERA) for the Giants, meaning there might be a few strikeouts in the game today.
After his 3-4 showing yesterday Nate Schierholtz will get his second straight start in right field as Brandon Belt will sit again, and Mike Fontenot will start at shortstop to give Miguel Tejada a day of rest.
Your San Francisco Giants:
First pitch is schedule for 5:40 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680.
Tim Lincecum didn't fall all-that-short of a no-no, and the majority of the San Francisco Giants lineup was on fire throughout game one of a much-anticipated series against the Colorado Rockies. It was an 8-1 rout in which Pat Burrell, Nate Schierholtz and Freddy Sanchez hit homeruns, though it was Schierholtz who blasted the longest of the night. The Giants were hoping to set the tone in game one, and they have a lot of positive things they'd like to be able to do again in game two.
They'll have their hands full though, and may have to think twice if they think they'll be able to get the same homeruns tonight, when the Rockies send Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound. Jimenez had one start (7.50 ERA) in which he suffered a cut cuticle on his right thumb, and was placed on the disabled list. This is the first game back for the Colorado pitching ace, so it really could go either way. Maybe he'll be shaken up and the Giants came come out and get hits and runs off of him early, or maybe he'll come in and deal like most expected him to do in his first start.
Going down the order, the Giants will send Jonathan Sanchez to the mound tonight. He's 1-1, including a win in his last outing, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up seven hits and three runs while walking two and striking out a solid nine batters. He's sporting a 3.24 ERA in three starts so far this year, and is battling inconsistency issues. Sanchez is the guy who has been on the cusp of breaking into the elite for awhile now, he just needs to get his arm under control and stop getting himself into jams. Although he works himself out of them more often than not, it's not something he should enjoy making a habit out of.
The Giants are up one on the series and are gaining ground on the team with the best record in baseball, and thus leaders in the NL West. The Rockies' strength of schedule has been called into question, so we will continue to learn more about where both teams really are as they continue to play. The game starts at 5:40 p.m. pacific, and will be on CSN Bay Area.
The San Francisco Giants were in Denver looking to gain ground in the division, and began their 3 game series with the Colorado Rockies with a serious bang. The G-Men absolutely dominated the Rox tonight, knocking off the NL West leaders by a score of 8-1. The Giants jumped all over Colorado’s starter Esmil Rodgers (L 2-1) early in the game, knocking him out after three innings of work, giving Tim Lincecum more than enough room to work with.
Aubrey Huff’s RBI single started the scoring frenzy in the first, followed by a 3 run jack by Pat Burrell to make it 4-0. Than Nate Schierholtz, who got the start tonight in RF as Brandon Belt sat the bench, blasted an absolute moon shot to the upper deck in Coors Field to make it 5-0 after one inning. Only 31 homers have ever made it to that part of the park in Denver, with 3 of them at the hands of Giants. Barry Bonds had the other two, but Nate’s 467-foot shot was longer than any Bonds ever hit there. Nate finished 3-4 for the night.
Tim Lincecum (W 2-1) was dealing on the mound this evening, not allowing a hit through 6.2 innings of work until giving up a single to Carlos Gonzales. Timmy lasted for 7.2 innings allowing 3 hits, one run, 3 walks, and 10 strikeouts. It marked the 28th time in Timmy’s career that he had 10+ strikeouts in a game, tying the mark set by Giants legend Christy Mathewson in 1903-1905. Ryan Vogelsong made his first appearance since being called up, finishing off the last 1.1 innings scoreless
Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will have their second game of the series tomorrow with Jonathan Sanchez (1-1 3.24 ERA) on the mound to take on Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0 7.50 ERA) in his first start after his stint on the DL. First pitch is at 5:40 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680.
For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.
The San Francisco Giants came to town looking to slow down the Colorado Rockies’ great start to their 2011 campaign, and have done an excellent job of it thus far. Pat Burrell hit a 3 run jack to left in the first, his fifth of the season, followed by a Nate Schierholtz moon shot that landed in the 3rd deck in right field. The back-to-back jack by Nasty Nate was only the 31st homer to reach the upper deck at Coors Field, and only 3 have come from Giants. The other two? Well, Barry Bonds of course.
Burrell and Schierholtz handed Tim Lincecum a 5 run lead after the first inning, but Freddy Sanchez added a little more with an opposite field home run to right field to make it 6-0 through two innings so far.
With the early lead I’m sure Timmy will look to be extra agressive with the hitters, especially the first pitch. One thing is for sure, it’s never a dull game when it’s played at Coors Field.
When San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy was asked about the status of rookie Brandon Belt today,it was pretty clear that he has all but has made up his mind. As reported by Andrew Baggarly, Bochy sat down with Belt and talked to him about his situation, though what was said is not known. Belt is batting .200 so far this season though his defense has been solid, but his aggressiveness at the plate is definitely in question. The team will likely make a decision on his future tomorrow.
"I think there is a fine line there, especially if you’re a little late. He had some pretty good pitches to hit and he’s been a little late. That tells you he hasn’t been quite aggressive enough."
Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area reported that Barry Zito made a trip to a Bay Area Podiatrist today for more x-rays and tests on his injured foot. X-rays still showed no breaks, but Zito will be in an immobilization boot and walking on crutches for the time being. This is his first stint on the DL ever in his major league career, and is projected to miss at least two starts.
Cody Ross is playing a full nine innings with AAA Fresno today, and if all goes well will be activated off the DL tomorrow. Ross has reported no pain or soreness in his injured calf, and as long as he doesn’t have a setback will likely be with the team in Denver tomorrow.
For the first time of the 2011 season outfielder Nate Schierholtz will see his name on the starting lineup card today as the San Francisco Giants take on the Colorado Rockies in the first of a three game set at Coors Field. Brandon Belt was left off the starting lineup and is seriously in jeopardy of being demoted back to AAA Fresno once Cody Ross returns from the DL in the next few days. Belt’s benching moves Aubrey Huff back to first base, while Pablo Sandoval makes his fourth straight appearance in the 5th spot in the order and is looking to stay hot at the plate.
Your San Francisco Giants:
Colorado Rockies Lineup:
First pitch is set for 5:40 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.
The Colorado Rockies are winners in eight of their last nine games, including a seven-game winning streak that was snapped by the Chicago Cubs, before coming back to beat them 9-5 in their last outing. The San Francisco Giants are coming to Coors Field to challenge the NL West leaders to make up some ground and get out of there with, at the very least a series victory, but a three-game sweep would be particularly sweet. It's debatable as to how good the Rockies are, so early in the season and with the schedule they've faced so far, and they do sport dissimilar records against similar opponents, so this set will be rather revealing.
San Francisco will be sending pitching ace Tim Lincecum to the mound - it's the top of the order for the Rockies. Lincecum is 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in three starts so far this year, and has looked mostly sharp thus far. His last outing didn't go as planned, pitching only six innings and giving up three earned runs off of six hits while striking out four, but was given a no-decision in a Giants 5-4 victory. His outing prior was something to be admired, a game against the San Diego Padres in which he struck out thirteen batters and earned the win.
In their last outing, the Giants were dealt a 6-5 loss in extra innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nothing was going right through the first half of the game, but something clicked when Aubrey Huff got his first homerun of the year. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval both followed suit with homeruns of their own, and soon the Giants had a lead back. But as they slowly ran out of arms, they played Dan Runzler just a bit too long, and he ended up giving up a walk that would eventually score the winning run off of Javier Lopez.
The Rockies are sending Esmil Rogers to the mound to battle with Lincecum. Rogers sports a 2.77 ERA and has won both of his outings this year thanks to solid run support from the team with the best record in baseball. Rogers worked hard his last time out, pitching just 5 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs off of seven hits and four walks. He only allowed a single run in his previous outing earlier in the year, though.
Good news for the Giants? He's 0-1 against them in two starts, with a 7.07 ERA, giving up eleven runs across four total games against them.
Even though the season is still young it's never to early to keep an eye on the standings. The San Francisco Giants got off to a slow start to their 2011 campaign, but have picked it up recently, winning 7 of their last 10 games. And like last year the Giants, they trail another NL West team who has come storming out of the gate. Only this time it's the Colorado Rockies.
Their 12-3 record is largely in part to their pair of sluggers in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales, and their pitching staff has done well even with Ubaldo Jimenez missing some starts on the DL. They are 4 games clear of the Giants as of now, but after thie 3 game series they play this week it might only be one. As for the rest of the NL West, they're pretty bunched together as only a game and a half separates the Giants in second and the Diamondbacks in fifth. The Padres start their series with the Cubs at Wrigley today, the Dodgers play hosts to the Braves, while the Diamondbacks head to Cincinnati to take on the Reds tomorrow.
In the NL Wild Card race, the Giants have already put themselves in the thick of it. Currently half a game back from the Florida Marlins for first place and tied with the Washington Nationals for second, San Francisco will look to stay in hunt the whole season long. That is unless they can snatch the lead in the NL West away from the Rox.
|San Francisco||8||7||.533||0.5||Lost 1|
|St. Louis||8||8||.500||1||Lost 1|
|San Diego||7||8||.466||1.5||Won 1|
|Los Angeles||7||9||.437||2||Won 1|
|New York||5||11||.312||4||Won 1|
(updated 4.18.2011 at 8:49 AM PDT)
The San Francisco Giants looked mostly-good in their three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, taking two of three at Chase Field. They failed to get the sweep in game three, when they battled back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead, before squandering that and going into extra innings. Their pitching didn't hold up (they ran out of arms) and the Diamondbacks got the win in the twelfth inning. It would have been nice to end the series with a win, but he Giants should feel good about themselves heading into the next series.
Now, they'll continue their six-game road trip and head to take on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies have been red-hot so far this season, sporting a 12-3 record, good for first in the NL West. They were winners in their last outing, a 9-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs, but did have a seven-game winning streak broken in the outing prior, an 8-3 beatdown by the aforementioned Cubs. Everything is working for Colorado, with strong pitching and hitting throughout their entire lineup.
So how good are they? The verdict has yet to be turned in on that front, as they've got four of their wins from the struggling New York Mets, and took two from the below-average Cubs. That isn't to say that the Giants are a cut above those teams, but this isn't a story of NL West juggernaut versus NL West also-ran. This is a Rockies team coming into its own versus the defending World Series champions, albeit one who is really struggling out of the gate.
The Giants will be sending out the top of the order: Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain to duel against Esmil Rogers, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jorge De La Rosa. Andres Torres remains out for the Giants, he won't be eligible to return until April 26th, which means Aaron Rowand will likely continue to bat leadoff. Regardless of who's batting, expect this to be a low-scoring series that will be key in showing who is more likely to speed up and who is more likely to level out in the NL West.