Giants vs. Padres MLB Schedule: Tim Lincecum On Fire In 8-4 San Francisco Win

The San Francisco Giants split the series against the San Diego Padres, after dropping game one, they won big 8-4 in game two. For more on the team, go to McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's Giants blog.

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Giants vs. Padres MLB Series Recap: Tim Lincecum Helps San Francisco End It On A High Note

The San Francisco Giants have scored eight or more runs in their two wins so far this year. Through six games, they've got a 2-4 record, but it's not like the wheels have come off or anything of that sort. The wheels have barely touched down, and they're a little iffy at the moment, but if they can capture what it was that allowed them to put up ten runs on the Los Angeles Dodgers and eight runs on the San Diego Padres, they'll gain traction and be off to the races. The Giants just split a two-game set against the Padres at PETCO Park, losing the first game, but taking the second. Hopefully, they'll be able to be shooting for sweeps and not splits in the near future.

Giants Pitcher of the Series: Tim Lincecum -  On Wednesday, Lincecum was dealing, pitching seven complete innings, giving up three hits and one run (a solo home from from Nick Hundley) with no walks while striking out a whopping thirteen batters. His velocity was way up and batters didn't stand a chance, swinging and missing on what must have been at least ten of the thirteen strikeouts.

Giants Hitter of the Series: Buster Posey - In game two, Posey had three hits, which gave him four RBI, including a home run in game two's first inning that sent Aubrey Huff home as well. Speaking of Huff, he had three RBI and really gave it his all on Wednesday, so he deserves some mention after sliding three or four times and generally looking worse for wear every time.

Stat of the Series: It has to be Lincecum's thirteen strikeouts in game two, they were phenomenal and pitchers weren't even close. When Hundley hit the solo home run, it was a mistake by Lincecum when he challenged him with a fastball. Each and every strikeout made the batter look absolutely silly. The 3-4-5 of San Francisco's lineup deserves mention, too, as Posey, Huff and Pablo Sandoval combined for nine hits and eight RBI in game two.

Upcoming Schedule: On Friday, the Giants will finally have their home opener when they begin a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals, and following that, they'll get a chance to get even with the Dodgers when they come to town for a three-game set as well at AT&T Park.

Series Results:

Tuesday: Padres 3-1
WP: Aaron Harang (1-0)
LP: Madison Bumgarner (0-1)
SV: Heath Bell (2)

Wednesday: Giants 8-4

WP: Tim Lincecum (1-1)
LP: Tim Stauffer (0-1)
SV: Ramon Ramirez (1)

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Scores: My Two Days at Petco Park

I had the pleasure of going to the San Francisco Giants two game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park the last two days, but sometimes I felt like I was still at AT&T.

Tuesday was the Padres home opener, and was sold out and filled to the rafters. People covered the lawn beyond right field, the standing room only was shoulder-to-shoulder, and yet I saw more than my fare share of black and orange. Maybe it’s the nature of San Diego, a known ‘transplant city’ filled with folks from all over the globe. Maybe it was the overwhelming support of Giants fans and their World Series championship. Either way, it was great to see the Giants represent, especially at a NL West rivals house.

Today was the same, except it was half as full as the day before. This was the Petco I’d come to know, except once again, it was a sea of Giants fans. The ’let’s go Giants’ chant blew the Padres’ fans out of the water, and with the 8-4 victory, a lot of the Friars fans had left town before the 8th inning. Timmy was on fire, and Giants fans even got the treat of seeing Brian Wilson for the first time this season.

All in all it was a good two days in downtown San Diego. Can’t wait to go back to Petco.

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Giants vs Padres MLB Scores: Lincecum Deals 13 Strikeouts In 8-4 Win

Keeping with what will hopefully become a trend, the Giants started off fast in the first inning. Freddy Sanchez put in an extra effort to turn his double into a triple, and he was brought home by an Aubrey Huff double, which itself was followed by a Buster Posey home run, a rarity at PETCO Park. It gave the Giants a lead they'd never relinquish, as they beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 in the final game of a two-game set to split the series. That's a 2-4 start for the defending World Champion Giants, and we're not much closer to understanding anything about them so far.

That first inning was supplemented with a monster sixth inning, which began with a single for the rookie Brandon Belt, who made it to second after a Miguel Tejada walk. A Tim Lincecum sacrifice bunt later (he had two successful throughout the course of the game) later had both advancing. Freddy Sanchez was intentionally walked, and Aubrey Huff made them pay for it with an infield single to score Belt. Posey added to his two-run homerun by hitting a single that scored both Tejada and Sanchez. The bleeding was stopped after Huff scored on a Pablo Sandoval single and Nate Schierholtz flew out.

Did you get all that? It's a lot to take in, and I'm sure the Padres echoed those sentiments. Lincecum had a monster day, pitching seven innings, giving up three hits and no walks with a whopping thirteen strikeouts. He struck out the first three batters he faced, and almost all of them were swinging strikeouts that were almost unhittable, he was that on today. He was essentially flawless, save for a Nick Hundley homerun to left field in the third inning. Lincecum gave way to Sergio Romo, who eventually gave way to Brian Wilson ... and that's where things got sticky.

Wilson came in for the ninth inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Maybe he's rusty, maybe he's still hurt a little, but either way, it's something that needs to be addressed going forward. Maybe he just had an off day, too. Stay tuned for a series recap a bit later.

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Schedule Preview: Lineups set for Today's Matchup at Petco Park

As the San Francisco Giants continue to struggle out of the gate, they will look to get a win this afternoon against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park before heading to AT&T for their home opener on Friday. Two time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (0-1) will be on the mound today looking for his first win of the season, as will the Padres Tim Stauffer (0-0). There is a chance of rain this afternoon and some sprinkles have already fallen in San Diego, but hopefully it will clear up to get this game in today.

Your 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants:

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

San Diego Padres:

RF Will Venable
SS Jason Bartlett
2B Orlando Hudson
1B Brad Hawpe
LF Ryan Ludwick
3B Chase Headley
CF Cameron Maybin
C Todd Hundley
SP Tim Stauffer

First pitch is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

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

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Schedule Preview: Brian Wilson Activated From DL, Hopes to Pitch Against Padres Today

The San Francisco Giants all-star closer Brian Wilson has been activated from the disabled list today and will look to get in some action this afternoon at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres. Wilson has been rehabilitating a strained oblique muscle since March 30th, but was retroactively placed on the DL March 22nd so his 15 day stint ends today.

In other pitching news reliever Santiago Casilla has been placed on the 15 day DL due to a sore pitching elbow reports Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly. Casilla claimed that his elbow has been ‘cranky’ lately, and hasn’t made an appearance since opening day last week in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

As for today’s game, Tim Lincecum (0-1) will be on the mound for his second start of the season and will face the Padres opening day starter Tim Stauffer (0-0). The G-Men will be looking to split their two game series in San Diego after their 3-1 loss yesterday, even though some overcast skies and drizzles of rain may threaten to delay or postpone today’s game.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:35 this afternoon and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM. 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. Padres, MLB Scores: More Miscues As Giants Start 1-4, Lose 3-1 To Padres

It was a great start for the San Francisco Giants, as Andres Torres reached first base on a single, stole second on the first pitch served to Freddy Sanchez, was advanced to third, and then eventually home as both Sanchez and Aubrey Huff ground out. To close out their half-inning, Buster Posey flew out to center field, but he made good contact on the ball and showed that Aaron Harang was hittable.

After that happened, the Giants apparently stopped playing baseball (perhaps wasting all of their runs on Matt Cain?) on offense and Madison Bumgarner struggled in a three-run third inning that the team would never recover from. The struggles at PETCO Park continued, as the Giants have always struggled at the home of the San Diego Padres. Bumgarner pitched three innings, gave up five hits and three runs with three walks and only two strikeouts.

He started out very well, striking out the first batter he faced, Jason Bartlett, and retiring the other two on groundouts. His second strikeout came in the second inning where he allowed his first hit, but ultimately he looked on point and all the batters struggled. Meanwhile, in the second inning, Pablo Sandoval drew a four-pitch walk for what must be the first time in his career, but found himself thrown out trying to steal a base. Not sure what he was thinking there, but the inning proved fruitless for the Giants.

Then the third inning came along, and fruitless is exactly what the Padres weren't. After the Giants threatened runs when Miguel Tejada hit a double and had what must be the best slide so far this season, reaching for the far right side of the plate to avoid the tag, and Madison Bumgarner himself hit a single to left field and advanced him. But with men on the corners, Andres Torres and Freddy Sanchez struck out, followed by an Aubrey Huff walk and a Buster Posey fly out, the Giants don't get anything out of it.

But yeah, then the Padres happened. Nick Hundley started things off with a single to center field, and Aaron Harang bunted him over to second. Bumgarner then walked Bartlett, and gave up a single to Orlando Hudson. At that point, Bumgarner lost his composure. Jorge Cantu hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Hundley scores, followed by yet another walk, this one to Ryan Ludwick on 11 pitches. Chase Headley then drew a walk of his own and picked up an RBI, before Chris Denorfia came up and, well, things got even worse.

Denorfia hit a ball right to Bumgarner, but he failed to make the throw to first to end the inning. He probably should have tossed it to Buster Posey in front of him, but Posey was already off of home plate and motioning to first, where Bumgarner turned and lost his grip and let the run in.

After that, Guillermo Mota came in for the Giants and pitched three solid innings in relief. He was spotty at times, but got the job done, and Ramon Ramirez finished the game off with two innings with no hits and no runs. So the bullpen is solid, as it should be, but once again, the Giants find themselves losing a close game.

The defensive miscues are to blame once again. Bumgarner's bobble and Posey's lack of direction on the play in the third inning is a damning situation. Sandoval also missed a tag at third base that he absolutely should have made. It's sloppy play, and a lack of consistency on offense. You can't play a first inning like that, and then do absolutely nothing the rest of the game. Stranding runners on the corners with no outs and two out rallies will not get things done.

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Schedule Preview: Lineups Set for Opening Day at Petco Park

The San Francisco Giants are looking to get some momentum going during their two game series with the San Diego Padres, and it starts this afternoon with opening day at Petco Park. I’ll be in the stands for the game this evening with the hopes of seeing lots and lots of black and orange represented in downtown San Diego. Here are today’s lineups for as the G-Men battle their NL West rival Friars:

Your San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
RF Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Pat Burrell
1B Brandon Belt
SS Miguel Tejada
SP Madison Bumgarner

San Diego Padres lineup:

SS Jason Bartlett
2B Orlando Hudson
1B Jorge Cantu
RF Ryan Ludwick
3B Chase Headley
LF Chris Denorfia
CF Cameron Maybin
C Nick Hundley
SP Aaron Harang

Just a reminder, first pitch is set for 3:35 this afternoon and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680. Should be a good one, don’t miss out on the action!

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

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Schedule Preview: Madison Bumgarner, Aaron Harang Set to Start Their Seasons at Petco Park

Before the San Francisco Giants can head back to the Bay to begin their World Series/Rookie of the Year festivities, they have to make a pit stop in San Diego first to face the Padres at Petco Park. The two day series will be kicked off by the Giants young gunslinger Madison Bumgarner and the Padres hometown boy Aaron Harang on the mound for their season debuts. The Friars home opener should be a doozy with the defending champs in town, especially when they're hungry for some wins. 

The Giants trailed the Padres for almost the entire season last year in the NL West, and struggled mightily against them, posting a 6-12 record against San Diego including a sweep at Petco last April. The Giants 1-3 start wasn't exactly pretty, but hopefully they will gain some confidence and momentum under the San Diego sunshine. 

First pitch is scheduled for 3:35 this afternoon and can be seen on CSN Bay Area, and heard on KNBR 680 AM, so make sure to set your DVR or turn on the radio at your desk to catch all the action. 

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

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