Giants Shutout by Nationals 2-0, Madison Bumgarner to 0-5 on the Season

The San Francisco Giants are in Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals in a 4 game set at Nationals Park. San Francisco will send out the top of their rotation against the Nats, looking to win their second series in a row and make their road trip a successful one. For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Nationals, Series Recap: Giants Dormant Offense Leads to Losing Three of Four

In their four game set with the Washington Nationals the San Francisco Giants only managed to plate only 4 runs in 4 games, including shutout losses on Friday and Monday. Nevertheless, there always are silver linings in dark clouds, so let’s take a look at some of the high points over the last four days.

Hitter of the Series- Eli Whiteside: Whitey was only 1-3 for the entire series, but managed to hit his first home run of the season on Saturday, his seventh ever in his career. The Giants have only hit two homers in their last 11 games, a huge difference from the 22 home runs they hit in their first 17 games.

Pitcher of the Series- Guillermo Mota: The only Giants pitcher that got a win during the D.C. stop, Mota appeared in 2 games during the series, pitching 2 scoreless innings combined with only one hit. His win on Saturday boosted him to 2-0 for the season, with a 2.41 ERA and a 2/19 BB/K ratio in his 13 appearances so far.

Upcoming Schedule: The Giants wlll head to New York City to take on the Mets for a 3 game set before finally heading home for a three game series with the Colorado Rockies at AT&T this weekend. Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, and Jonathan Sanchez will be the pitchers for the series, set to face R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano, and Mike Pelfry respectively for the Mets.

Series Recap:

Friday, April 29: Giants 0, Nationals 3
WP: Jason Marquis (3-0)
LP: Tim Lincecum (2-3)

Saturday, April 30: Giants 2, Nationals 1
WP: Guillermo Mota (2-0)
LP: John Lannan (2-3)
Sv: Brian Wilson (8)

Sunday, May 1: Giants 2, Nationals 5
WP: Jordan Zimmerman (2-4)
LP: Matt Cain (2-2)
Sv: Drew Storen (6)

Monday, May 2: Giants 0, Nationals 2
WP: Dan Gorzelanny (1-2)
LP: Madison Bumgarner (0-5)
Sv: Drew Storen (6)

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Giants vs. Nationals: MLB Scores: Giants Blanked 2-0 as Madison Bumgarner Falls to 0-5

The San Francisco Giants were looking to help out struggling Madison Bumgarner with some much needed runs, but instead did the exact opposite. The Washington Nationals blanked the G-Men 2-0 in a game that saw 7 total hits and no runs scored until the seventh inning.

Bumgarner (L 0-5) had himself a quality start, lasting 7 full innings with 2 runs on 4 hits with one walk and 7 strikeouts. He has pitched more than well enough to win in his last two outings, but the Giants hitters simply can’t figure out a way to help him out.

Their 3 hits came from two players, Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross, with Rowand notching the only extra base hit with a double.

Tom Gorzelanny (W 1-2) went for 8 scoreless innings, allowing the 3 Giants hits while striking out 4. Drew Storen notched his 6th save of the season with the lone Giants walk to Buster Posey as well as a strikeout.

With the loss the Giants move to 13-15 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants now head to the Big Apple for a three game set with the New York Mets. Ryan Vogelsong (1-0 1.74 ERA) will face the Mets R.A. Dickey (1-3 3.82 ERA) in his second start this year for the GIants. First pitch is set for 4:10 PT tomorrow afternoon and can be seen on CSN Bay Area, and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Turn to Madison Bumgarner to Split Series With Nationals

Despite his 0-4 record and a 6.17 ERA, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been showing signs of righting the ship, and hopefully can earn his first win of 2011 against the Washington Nationals this afternoon.

Bummy will square off with Tom Gorzelanny (0-2 3.97 ERA) for the Nats, who hasn’t exactly shot out of the starting gates either. These teams have gone back and forth throughout this entire series and now the best the Giants can do is hope to split the series 2-2 with a win this afternoon.

Bummy certainly could use some run support seeing, he threw a quality start of 6 innings pitched with one earned run and seven strikeouts in his last outing, but still got tabbed for a loss. Hopefully it won’t be like that this afternoon.

First ptich is set for 4:05 PT today, and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Scores: Giants Offense Sputters Again, Fall to Nationals 5-2

The San Francisco Giants found themselves in another dogfight with the Washington Nationals today on a drizzly afternoon at Nationals Park, but unfortunately for the G-Men, they were on the wrong side of the decision. The Giants offense continued to sputter, Matt Cain wasn’t exactly sharp, and the Nationals got the win by a score of 5-2.

Cain (L 2-2) lasted for 6 full innings this afternoon, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. He threw 107 pitches today, not exactly an efficient pitch count in 6 innings of work, and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch in the third. Guillermo Mota pitched a scoreless seventh, while Dan Runzler gave up the other two Nationals runs in the 8th with a Pudge Rodriguez single.

Nate Schierholtz was the extent of the Giants offense today with a 2 RBI blooper in the second inning, Buster Posey was 2-3 with 2 singles for the day, while Mike Fontenot was 2-4 with two doubles.

Jordan Zimmerman (W 2-4) had a pretty good day for the Nats, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in his 6 innings of work. Like Cain, he also threw 107 pitches today, but was a bit more efficient, throwing 4 more strikes and allowing one less run. Alex Cora was 2-4 with an RBI double while Jason Werth was 3-4 with a triple on a Nate Scheirholtz fielding error.

With the loss the Giants move to 13-14 on the season. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will look to split their set with the Nats tomorrow with the fourth and final game of the series. Madison Bumgarner (0-4 6.17 ERA) will be looking for his first win of the season against Tom Gorzelanny (0-2 3.97 ERA) in a battle of lefties at Nationals Park. First pitch is set for 4:05 PT tomorrow and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Offense Looking to Pick Up Matt Cain

After the San Francisco Giants topped the Washington Nationals yesterday in an all around weird game, the G-Men will be looking to have a more traditional win this afternoon; one that right hander Matt Cain is hoping comes with a lot less walks thrown and a lot more runs scored in his favor.

Cain (2-1 3.34 ERA) is set to take on the Nats Jordan Zimmerman (1-4 4.55 ERA) in an early afternoon game in the Nation’s capitol, meaning a matinee matchup for those on the left coast. Cain is 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 10 career starts against Washington, with 5 of those as quality starts and 8 times lasting longer than 6 innings.

The Giants sporadic offense will hopefully make an appearance today at National’s Park, as the Giants currently have the 3rd worst runs per game margarin in the NL at 3.73, trailing only the Padres and Piirates in that category.

First pitch is set for 10:35 PT this morning, 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 McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Scores: Giants Steal A Crazy One in D.C. By a Score of 2-1

In a game that saw Buster Posey playing first, Miguel Tejada playing third, and Jonathan Sanchez walking 4 batters in the first inning, the San Francisco Giants should be incredibly thankful that they came out of this game with a win. The Washington Nationals stranded a ridiculous 12 runners as the Giants somehow managed to escape with the victory by a score of 2-1 at Nationals Park.

Sanchez walked 6 in his 5 innings of work including hitting two Nats batters as well, allowing one unearned run on 2 hits with 7 strikeouts. Guillermo Mota (W 2-0) got the win with his 1 inning of work, while Brain Wilson got his eighth save of the year despite loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth.

Darren Ford got his first big league hit, while Buster Posey continued his streak of not having more than 3 games without a hit as he went 2-4 with two doubles. Eli Whiteside hit his first homer of the year, while Aubrey Huff drew a key bases loaded pinch-hit walk to give the Giants the winning run.

John Lannan (L 2-3) pitched well for the Nats in his 6.2 innings of work, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. The lone run for the Nats came from a Rick Ankiel single in the second; Ankiel finished 2-4 on the day with a double.

With the win the Giants move to 13-13 on the season. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have the third of their four game series tomorrow with the Nationals, with first pitch slated for 10:35 tomorrow morning. Matt Cain (2-1 3.34 ERA) will take on Jordan Zimmerman (1-4 4.55 ERA), as coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area or KNBR 680 AM. Breakfast with the Giants is always exciting.

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San Francisco Giants Injury Update: Pablo Sandoval Fracture Hamate Bone, Out 4-6 Weeks

San Francisc Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has reportedly fractured the hamate bone in his right hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Sandoval will have surgery in Arizona between now and Tuesday to remove a portion of the bone. Sandoval believes he suffered the injury on a slide into second base at Pittsburgh, while trainer Dave Groeschner thinks he did it on a swing in Friday’s game.

Whatever the case, it is a painful injury and it will leave the Giants offense further depleted. After struggling in 2010, Sandoval lost a lot of weight and was the leading hitter on the team a month into the season. He was leading the team with a .313 batting average, five home runs, an OBP of .374, and a slugging percentage of .904.

For those wondering about the hamate bone, the Internet provides all sorts of helpful information on this bone. Here is a quick rundown of the two types of fractures that could be in play. I’d imagine Panda suffered the first one, but there is no word on that yet:

Type I fractures involving the hook of the hamate are the most common and can occur via several different mechanisms.[1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7] First, repeated microtrauma to the hook during sports involving swinging clubs, bats, or racquets can result in a hook stress fracture. These usually occur in the nondominant hand and account for approximately one third of hamate fractures. Second, direct trauma can be applied during sports when the butt of the club rests on the hamate and the force of the swing is then transmitted directly to the bone. In addition, indirect trauma can be applied to the hook through its muscular and ligamentous attachments. This can occur either when falling on a hyperextended wrist or during power grips.

Type II fractures involving the body of the hamate are less common than type I fractures and always require direct force.4 Most commonly, these fractures occur with a punch-press injury or dorsopalmar compression of the wrist between heavy weights.

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez Tabbed for Second Game at Nationals Park

After The San Francisco Giants were blanked by Jason Marquis and the Washington Nationals yesterday, there really isn’t much to do but shake it off and move on to the next. And despite all the great pitching the Giants offense has really looked inept. But there sun always comes up tomorrow, and the Giants can get hot in a hurry.

Take Buster Posey. According to Andrew Baggarly, he has never gone 4 games without getting a hit, and he just had his third hitless day in a row. Not to mention that Andres Torres hit three doubles as a DH in an extended spring training game two days ago.

Jonathan Sanchez (2-1 3.21 ERA) is set to take on John Lannan (2-2 4.05 ERA) of the Nationals in a battle of left-handers at Nationals Park. The Sanchize made a gutsy appearance last week after suffering from dehydration due to the flu that was so bad that he needed intravenous fluids before the game. He is feeling much better now, and hopefully will be able to go much longer than he did last week.

First pitch is set for 1:05 PT tomorrow and can been seen on CSN 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.

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Scores: Jason Marquis Out Duels Tim Lincecum, Giants Fall 3-0

As the San Francisco Giants came into the Nation’s Capitol, they were looking to start a winning streak for themselves. But by the end of the day, all they could do is scratch their heads and wonder where the offense is. The Washington Nationals Jason Marquis pitched a complete game shutout, out dueling Tim Lincecum for a final score of 3-0 at Nationals Park.

Lincecum (L 2-3) had a great outing for the G-Men, lasting 7 innings allowing 7 hits, 3 earned runs, no walks, and 7 strikeouts. Marquis (W 3-0) on the other hand went the distance allowing 5 hits, no runs, no walks, and 7 strikeouts. Timmy threw 111 pitches in his 7 innings of work, while Marquis only used 96 bullets to take down San Francisco.

Laynce Nix blasted a two run homer in the second for the Nats, followed by Jason Marquis helping himself out with a hit and run RBI single in the fifth. As for the Giants, Aaron Rowand was 2-4 with two singles while Freddy Sanchez was 1-3 with a double.

The Giants will have the second of their 4 game set tomorrow with the Nats with first pitch set for 1:05 PT. Jonathan Sanchez (2-1 3.21 ERA) will face John Lannan (2-2 4.05 ERA) in a battle of lefties in D.C. You can catch the action on CSN Bay Area on KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Preview: Tim Lincecum Looking to Start Series with a Bang

The last time Tim Lincecum took the mound for the San Francisco Giants he was getting roughed up by the Atlanta Braves at AT&T. Now he will be looking to keep the San Francisco Giants above .500 against the Washington Nationals in the Nation’s Capital this afternoon.

Lincecum (2-2 2.70) will be dueling it out with Jason Marquis (2-0 3.55 ERA) for the Nats, who are also looking to get above .500 as well with some wins during the 4 game series. Should prove to be a nice pitching matchup, but I was hoping for another one. Giants fans will unfortunately miss the opportunity to see former Giant Livan Hernandez pitch after he went for 8 innings last night to top the Mets; always nice to see Livan doing his thing. Marquis definitely is no slouch, sporting a 5/17 BB to K ratio while allowing only one homer in his 4 starts thus far.

The Giants offense need to get some crooked numbers on the scoreboard if they want to keep winning, and that all starts with quality at bats. Pablo Sandoval and Aaron Rowand had a handful of them in Pittsburgh, and hopefully can have even more in D.C. this afternoon and through the weekend.

First pitch is set for 4:05 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of everything Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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