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After the San Francisco Giants put up a 7 spot on the Atlanta Braves’ Jairo Asensio in the seventh inning of today’s game, I was sure the ‘magic inside’ was going to brew up another win. But, that was last year, this is this year. And this year, all I’ve got is a big question mark.
They’ve been hitting all right, but haven’t been coming through in the field much. The pitching has been decent, but not when they really need it. And whenever the Giants add an L to the schedule the phrase ‘shot themselves in the foot’ has popped up in my mind more than I’d like to remember. Is that a good thing or a bad thing though? Are these Giants really much different from last year? These questions simply lead me to more questions.
But after watching the starting and relieving pitchers struggle and the Giants hitters having relatively little success against the Braves this weekend, all I can do is ponder more questions.
Giants Pitcher of the Series: Jonathan Sanchez- The Sanchize didn’t have a long outing today, but considering the circumstances, it was a great one. Sanchez went for 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts after having to get intravenous fluids Saturday and Sunday due to dehydration from the flu. He kept the Giants in the game, more than they could have asked from him today. Really gutsy performance from Sanchez.
Giants Hitter of the Series: Pat Burrell- Pat the Bat had been slumping a bit, but was 6-9 this series with 3 runs, an RBI, and a double. He seemed to be in a all or nothing funk with his 5 homers already, but came up with a lots of hits this series to raise his average to .270 for the year.
Upcoming Schedule: The Giants are off for the East Coast as they embark on a 10 game road trip, with their first stop in the Steel City with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matt Cain will take on Charlie Morton in the first game, but according to the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggarly they next two starters are ‘undecided’ for the G-Men. Bochy’s got something cooking up in that oversize noggin of his…
For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.
It was a crazy afternoon at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants found themselves in an back-and-forth battle with the Atlanta Braves on the shores of McCovey Cove. Both teams traded blows, got into each other’s bullpens, and had themselves an old-fashioned dogfight down to the last pitch. Unfortunately for the home team, the Braves were all over Brian Wilson, and completed the sweep by a score of 9-6.
Chipper Jones started it off with a 2 RBI ground rule double in the first, followed by a two run Buster Posey homer in the fourth. Not to be outdone, Jason Heyward came back with a 3 run homer in the 7th, followed by a 4 run 7th by the Giants. Miguel Tejada started it off with a bases loaded walk, then a RBI groundout by Nate Schierholtz. Then a 2 RBI double by Aaron Rowand, who had been 0-9 for the series prior, gave the Giants back the lead. Dan Uggla came up in the 8th, and blasted a tying home run into the left field bleachers, forcing extra innings. Nate Mclouth hit a 2 RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th, followed by a Brian McCann RBI single to make get to the final score of 9-6, all off of Brian Wilson (L 0-1) who pitched both the 9th and 10th innings.
Jonathan Sanchez, who had been battling the flu all week, had a decent start going 5 innings with 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Jeremy Affeldt was roughed up in his inning of work, allowing the 3 run jack by Heyward after walking two, Sergio Romo faced only Dan Uggla in the 8th, yielding a homer, while Guillermo Mota and Javier Lopez had perfect innings of work.
The Braves Brandon Beachy lasted for 6 full innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and 7 strikeouts. Releiver Jairo Asencio was whom the Giants roughed up in the 7th with 4 runs and 4 hits, but the rest of their bullpen was stellar this afternoon as Eric O’Flaherty got the win (W 1-1) and Johnny Venters notched his first save of the year.
With the loss the Giants fall under .500 to 10-11. Full box score can be found here.
The Giants have an off day tomorrow, and then are off to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for a 3 game set at PNC Park. Matt Cain (2-1 3.42 ERA) will square off with the Pirates Charlie Morton (2-1 3.33 ERA) for the series opener on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 PT.
The San Francisco Giants have had back-to-back shaky starts from their starting pitchers against the Atlanta Braves this weekend, and now will have to rely on a somewhat ill Jonathan Sanchez to avoid being swept at home.
Sanchez (2-1 3.13 ERA) has been battling the flu over the past few days but will still be looking for his third quality start in a row today. The Giants offense has been seriously struggling, not scoring more than 2 runs in any of their past three games, so a quality start from the Sanchize is almost a must. He’s got a 1-2 record with a 5.55 ERA in eight career appearances against Atlanta, which hopefully he will improve on today. Now it’s up to the Giants offense to respond with some clutch hits.
As for the Braves, they hand it over to right-hander Brandon Beachy (1-1 3.86 ERA) in an attempt to finish out the series sweep for Atlanta. Beachy pitched 6 scoreless against the Dodgers in his last start, earning his first win of 2011, and will be shooting for a repeat performance at AT&T this afternoon.
at 10-10 for the season, San Francisco needs to get themselves a win before they embark on a 10 game road trip with stops in the Steel City, the Nation’s Capital, and the Big Apple.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PT this afternoon, and will be broadcast of CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM, KIQI, and KATD 990 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, to get in on the action.
The San Francisco Giants found themselves amidst a pitchers duel this afternoon, usually a good thing with their ace on the mound. But unfortunately for the G-Men, Tim Lincecum was the second best Tim pitching this afternoon. The former Oakland A and current Atlanta Brave Tim Hudson was stellar on the mound as he led the Braves to a 5-2 victory at AT&T Park this afternoon.
Tim Lincecum (L 2-2) didn’t have his usual sharpness on the mound today, finishing with 6.1 innings pitched, 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, and a career high 6 walks. His 110 pitches consisted of only 62 strikes, and I get the sense he wasn’t on the same page as Eli Whiteside, playing today in place of the resting Buster Posey.
The Giants offense was held in check for the second straight game by the Braves, as their lone run came from a Cody Ross single in the 2nd. It was Cody’s first RBI and hit of the season, finishing the day 2-4; a silver lining in the dark cloud that was today’s game. Pat Burrell was 3-4 with a two doubles and a single, Miguel Tejada had an RBI sac fly, while Timmy gave himself a batting average for the year with a single today as well.
Tim Hudson (W 3-2) was locked in on the mound today, and was one out away from his 24th career complete game. He finished with 9 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel got his 6th save of the year.
Martin Prado had 3 of the Braves 5 RBI this afternoon, going 2-3 with two doubles. Brian McCann accounted for the other two RBI with a single in the 7th, finishing the day 1-5. Jason Heyward was 2-3 with two walks as well.
With the loss it moves the Giants to 10-10 on the season. Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will look to avoid being swept at home tomorrow as lefty Jonathan Sanchez (2-1 3.13 ERA) will take on right-hander Brandon Beachy (1-1 3.86 ERA) for the Braves. First pitch is set for 1:05 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.
The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves have their lineups set and are ready to duke it out on the shores of McCovey Cove this afternoon. Buster Posey will get his second day off of the year as veteran backup Eli Whiteside will get the start behind the dish for Tim Lincecum today. Buster’s been bustin’ his tail off and I’m sure has some heavy legs, and should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
In a bit of injury news the San Jose Mercury News’ Daniel Brown reported that skipper Bruce Bochy is not too optimistic about Andres Torres returning from the DL this Tuesday, saying that “he’s made progress…[but] he still has to check off a couple of boxes.” The Giants need him at full speed, so no point in rushing his return.
Reliever Santiago Casilla threw about 20 pitches off the mound before last night’s game, and is making progress with his ‘cranky’ elbow. He’ll have a rehab assignment soon and looks on track to return in early/mid May, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Your 2011 San Francisco Giants:
Atlanta Braves Lineup:
Tommy Hanson and the Atlanta Braves made sure the San Francisco Giants short home stand got off to sour start last night, taking out the defending champs 4-1. Now the Giants will send out their ace Tim Lincecum (2-1 1.67 ERA) to face the Braves Tim Hudson (2-2 4.05 ERA) looking to return the favor.
The G-Men have won their last four series after their 1-4 start against the Dodgers opening weekend, and will have to take the next two to extend that streak to 5 against the Braves. The Giants were swinging the lumber in those series, hitting 12 home runs over their last eight games. Their bats remained silent for the most part last night, but hopefully will send a souvenir or two out to the cheap seats this afternoon.
Timmy’s been off to a great start, and loves facing the Braves. In his 8 previous starts against them he is 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA. Not to mention his 14 strikeout, 2 hitter he threw against them to start the NLDS last fall. Let’s hope he’s on his A game today, beacuse when he is, the Braves usually aren’t.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PT and can be seen on the FOX network and heard on KNBR 680 AM, KIQI, and KATD 990.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.
With the San Francisco Giants back home for the weekend, the Bay was looking for some good pitching from Madison Bumgarner and some of big innings with the lumber tonight. Unfortunately, they didn’t get much of either as Bummy left early and the offense stayed quiet as the Atlanta Braves beat the Giants by a score of 4-1 tonight.
Bumgarner (L 0-3) lasted for a mere 2.2 innings tonight, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Home umpire Derryl Cousins seemed to be squeezing Bummy a little bit as he wasn’t getting some pitches called strikes. Obviously frustrated on the mound, skipper Bruce Bochy thought it best to yank the kid earlier than later this evening. Ryan Vogelsong made a scoreless 3.1 inning relief appearance, as did Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler, and Sergio Romo for an inning apiece.
The Giants offense consisted of a Pat Burrell RBI groundout in the 7th, and nothing more. Pat the bat had a single as well, bumping his average up to a whopping .214 for the season, while Miguel Tejada’s single bumped his average to .209. Cody Ross remained hitless in his first two games thus far, but Pablo Sandoval stayed hot, ripping a double in the 7th.
The Braves Tommy Hanson (W 2-3) was on his game tonight, going for 7 full innings allowing only 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and seven strikeouts. He was very impressive in his best outing of the season thus far, as was young Johnny Venters in his perfect inning of work and Craig Kimbrel who picked up his 5th save of the season.
With the loss it moves the Giants to 10-9 for the season, 3 games behind Colorado in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.
Saturday may turn into a pitchers duel as Tim Lincecum (2-1 1.67 ERA) squares off with the Braves Tim Hudson (2-2 4.05 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PT and can be found on the FOX network or KNBR 680 AM.
Full more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.
The San Francisco Giants will be looking to keep the good times rolling as they host the Atlanta Braves for a three game set this weekend. Winners of the last two series, the Giants will have their first ‘orange Friday’ of the year tonight, wearing their throwback orange jerseys that were ever so popular last season.
Pablo Sandoval is back in the lineup tonight after suffering a triceps strain in his right arm during BP in Denver a few days ago. The injury was never really significant and the powers that be felt that giving him a few days off was all that was necessary. He currently is leading the team in OBP (.400) and tied for the lead in home runs (5).
Your San Francisco Giants:
Atlanta Braves Lineup:
First pitch is set for 7:15 PT this evening and can be seen on NBC Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black & Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.
The San Francisco Giants have been out on the road for their last two series, attempting to make some moves in the standings. Well, they went 4-2 against their divisional foes the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, and currently reside 3 games back of Colorado in the NL West. As for the Rockies, they've taken their 13-5 record to Florida to face the Marlins, though the Rocks have a 7-1 record away from home so far this season.
Matt Kemp hit a walk off homer yesterday to bring the Los Angeles Dodgers to .500 for the season at 10-10, while the Diamondbacks just took 2 out of three from the Cincinnati Reds in the Queen City to move to 8-9, 4.5 games behind the Rockies. The San Diego Padres haven't exactly had the same start that they did last year as they've gone from first at this point last season to worst in the division this season at 8-11. They began a four game set with the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, losing 3-0.
As for the wild card, the G-Men currently sit 1.5 games behind the Marlins for first place. The Reds and the Cubs are nipping at the Giants heels at 2 and 2.5 games behind respectfully, with the Brewers, Dodgers, and Nationals bunched up behind them. There's obviously lots of time left in the season for the Giants to get to where they want to go, and if they keep taking 2 out of 3 games a series that definitely will help. Hopefully San Francisco can keep it up as they host the Braves at AT&T this weekend.
|San Francisco||10||8||.555||1.5||Lost 1|
|Los Angeles||10||10||.500||2.5||Won 2|
|San Diego||8||11||.421||4||Lost 1|
|New York||6||13||.315||6||Won 1|
(updated 4.22.2011 at 11:21 AM PDT)
Well, the San Francisco Giants failed to sweep the Diamondbacks, and then they failed to sweep the Rockies, but that's still two series wins in a row right there, so they're coming into this three-game set against the Atlanta Braves with a little momentum, while the latter just got beat three games to one in a four game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers. So the Giants should hold the edge when it comes to intangibles like that, if you happen to believe in them, you know.
Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for San Francisco, after Barry Zito was placed on the disabled list, his turn is skipped. Bumgarner has not had a good season thus far, going 0-2 with a 7.36 earned run average in three starts. His most recent outing was a no-decision in Arizona in which he allowed four runs off of eight hits over 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season so far.
Bumgarner does have a win against the Braves though, in his only prior outing he beat them in game four of the NLDS, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out five. It was a very solid outing, one of them that gave Giants fans a lot of hope for Bumgarner, but he really needs to make it past this hump at the beginning of the season.
Tommy Hanson will take the mound for the Braves, and he's not having a good start to his 2011 campaign either. He's 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA, but has looked at least above-average at times, while Bumgarner is almost unanimously struggling. Hanson pitched five innings in his last outing, giving up five hits and three runs, while striking out an impressive nine batters. His only win on the season came a game prior, where he seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball while fanning five batters.
Cody Ross returned to the lineup for the Giants in game three against the Rockies, but he was 0-4 in his season debut. The Giants will be hoping for more production out of him, and they'll also be hoping that Pablo Sandoval, currently batting a .328 with five homeruns on the season, returns to the lineup and is healthy to support Bumgarner's efforts on the mound.
It was a strong three-game set for the San Francisco Giants when they took on the Colorado Rockies. They made a statement to the NL West-leading foes by taking two of three in dominating fashion, though their propensity to lose game threes that are potential sweeps is somewhat maddening and a cause for concern. It did seem like everything was working for them in the series, though. Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, and even Matt Cain in a losing effort, all of them were solid and had run support (except for Cain, imagine that) from guys like Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval.
The Giants sent the top of their pitching rotation out against the Rockies, so the bottom two of the five would normally be up when they host the Atlanta Braves for a three-game set (before departing on a ten-game road trip), but Barry Zito's injury and placement on the disabled list really mucks things up a bit. Instead, San Francisco has simply elected to skip his turn and put Madison Bumgarner in there in game one on Friday, with Lincecum and Sanchez rounding out games two and three.
Atlanta is finishing up a disappointing four-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in which they've lost 4-2, 6-1, and 5-3, respectively - but did pick up a 10-1 win in game two. They're on a ten-game road trip which will take them to San Diego to face the Padres after the three-game set in San Francisco.
They're inconsistent, and the Giants need to do what they can to capitalize on that. Madison Bumgarner is looking for his first win, while Lincecum and Sanchez will be looking to build on what they were able to do prior. This isn't some huge test for the Giants with a ton of significance, but they just want to establish some form of consistency after the rocky start.