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The San Francisco Giants have seemingly been on the road all season so far, compiling 27 of their first 42 games away from AT&T Park. They have a 13-14 record in those games, and were looking to improve their road record tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Madison Bumgarner pitched great, the offense got to Chad Billingsley early, and the Giants swept their rivals by a score of 3-1 at Dodger Stadium.
Bumgarner (1-6) was incredibly solid tonight, earning his first win of the season going eight and 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers. He gave up only one earned run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts, with that run coming in the ninth. Brian Wilson came in with one out left to get the save, and made it about as painstaking as humanly possible by walking the bases loaded. He, along with Bumgarner’s win, were saved by a Nate Schierholtz diving grab to end the game, leaving the bags full of Dodgers. Wilson got his 13th save of the season.
Mike Fontenot plated Buster Posey after they both doubled in the second, Freddy Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly in the third, then hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Giants tonight. Buster Posey extended his hit streak to eight games, hitting only his second extra base hit of the month of May. Miguel Tejada was the only Giant with multiple hits tonight, going 2-4 with two singles.
Chad Billingsley (L 2-4) didn’t have too much control this evening after he lasted for 6 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with four walks, four punch outs, and two hit batsmen. Out of his 108 pitches only 61 were strikes, and was lucky the Giants didn’t do more damage tonight.
The Giants will head home tomorrow to begin their first interleague matchup of the year with their cross Bay rivals the Oakland A’s. Ryan Vogelsong (3-0 2.36 ERA) will be on the mound to face Trevor Cahill (6-1 1.82 ERA) for the A’s. First pitch is set for 7:15 PT tomorrow night with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.
With the injury to San Francisco Giants third baseman Mark DeRosa’s left wrist placing him on the DL once again, Skipper Bruce Bochy has seemingly run out of options with his infield lineup. So today the team recalled Emmanuel Burriss from AAA Fresno for some extra help on the left side on the infield.
Nate Schierholtz will get the start in right field, moving Cody Ross over to left. Andres Torres will be in his normal center field position and leading off after getting a day off yesterday, while Miguel Tejada will be back and third due to Mark DeRosa, putting Mike Fontenot at shortstop.
Your San Francisco Giants:
Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup:
First pitch is set for 7:10 PT this evening and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
Gorgeous day in L.A. this afternoon, I’ll be tweeting from the press box so make sure to follow along @sbnbayarea on Twitter.
The San Francisco Giants bizarre evening last night which saw three Giants injure themselves, Brian Wilson blow a save but still get a win, and Cody Ross showing flashes of his postseason form of last season in late spring. But the Giants got the only thing that mattered, a win, and will look for another one this evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Madison Bumgarner (0-6 4.25 ERA) has really gotten the short end of the stick this season, especially as of late. The kid has pitched well enough to win his past few starts but the team can’t seem to pick him up. Hopefully he can get that monkey off his back tonight with a win in Chavez Ravine. Bummy has a 0-2 record in May so far, but with a 1.89 ERA and a 5/18 BB/K ratio. He’s also got a 1.59 lifetime ERA ar Dodger Stadium, hopefully something to build on tonight.
For the Dodgers Chad BIllingsley (2-3 3.36 ERA) will be looking to forget his last start where he was the victim on a 1-0 loss to the Diamondbacks where Arizona only managed one hit the whole game, pitching eight innings with only the unearned run and the hit to his name. It was the first time since 1914 the Dodgers gave up only one hit to an opponent and still lost.
As for the injuries of last night: Brian Wilson should be fine with his twisted ankle and shouldn’t affect his playing time, Aaron Rowand is day-to-day with a stiff lower back, while Mark DeRosa is headed back to San Francisco to have a specialist look at his wrist, again. Hope DeRo can come back one of these days actually healthy.
First pitch tonight is set for 7:10 PT and can be found on CSN Bay Area or KNBR 680 AM.
The San Francisco Giants came to L.A. with a two game losing streak in their rear view mirror, but got out to an early lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers behind Matt Cain’s great start. Brian Wilson and the bullpen made it interesting though, allowing L.A. to tie up the game in the eighth. But Cody Ross blasted a 3 run jack in the ninth, leading the Giants to an exciting 8-5 victory at Dodger Stadium this evening.
Matt Cain had a perfect game going until it was broken up by a Matt Kemp homer in the fifth, his ninth of the year. Aside from that Cain had a very strong outing, allowing only three hits, two earned runs, three walks, and seven punch-outs in seven and 1/3 innings pitched. Skipper Bruce Bochy used Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo in the eighth who each gave up single, forcing Boch’s hand to bring in Brian Wilson for a 4 out save. Wilson gave up a 2 run double to Juan Uribe and an RBI single to James Loney to tie the game at five apiece. But Cody Ross bailed everyone out, including the Giants offense as it was the lone extra base head the G-Men had tonight.
Wilson (W 4-1) blew the save but got the win, and unfortunately rolled his ankle during a pitch in the ninth. He fought through it, but it didn’t too look good for the bearded savior. Hopefully he won’t be too injured or miss any time.
All of the Giants starters got a single tonight except for Mark DeRosa, who left the game in the fourth after a bizarre injury to his damaged left wrist. DeRo cocked back to make a swing and something tweaked in his wrist, and immediately dropped the bat is some serious pain. The team says it is just a sprain and he is day-to-day, but if you watched the play happen, it looked much worse than that. The injury bug bit a third Giant tonight as well in Aaron Rowand, hurting his back running out a grounder to first.
Amongst those 12 Giants singles were RBI’s by Miguel Tejada in the fourth and eighth and Freddy Sanchez in the fourth, while Aaron Rowand had an RBI sacrifice fly. Mike Fontenot drew a walk that plated a run as well after taking over for DeRosa at the plate with a 2-2 count and the bases loaded.
The Giants small-ball approach knocked Clayton Kershaw out of the game early, completing only five innings with 7 hits, 4 earned runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. Lance Cormier (L 0-1) was tagged with the loss.
With the win the Giants move to 23-19 on the year, and 4-4 against the Dodgers in 2011. Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will wrap up their two game set at Dodger Stadium tomorrow as Madison Bumgarner (0-6 4.25 ERA) will still be looking for his first win against Chad Billingsley (2-3 3.36 ERA) for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.
As the San Francisco Giants roll into Chavez Ravine to face the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Skipper Bruce Bochy is looking for a lineup that can hopefully break the spell that Clayton Kershaw holds over Giants hitters. Boch is going with the veteran crew with Aaron Rowand back in center and leading off, Pat Burrell in left and batting cleanup, and Miguel Tejada and Mark DeRosa at shortstop and third base respectfully. Freddy Sanchez’s swollen left knee is good enough to go and will be in his normal spot at second base, batting second.
The lineup is ripe with players currently coming out of\right smack in the middle of a slump, so hopefully they can get some good wood on the ball and plate some runs for Matt Cain.
Your San Francisco Giants:
Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup:
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
The Giants continue the last leg of their seven game round trip this evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and hopefully will be able to have some success against one of the Giants least favorite pitchers, Clayton Kershaw. Luckily they’ll be sending out a stud of their own in Matt Cain as a likely pitcher’s duel is brewing at Dodger Stadium tonight.
Cain (3-2 3.22 ERA) pitched 6 scoreless innings last time he was in L.A., leading to an eventual 10-0 win for the G-Men. Kershaw ( 5-3 2.75 ERA) on the other hand pitched 7 scoreless against San Francisco on opening day, a 2-1 Dodgers victory. With these guys on the mound any mistake or miscue will be magnified as strategic scoring and execution will be of the highest priority. One or two runs will likely decide this game, which will definitely play into the Giants hands seeing that 33 of their first 40 games were decided by 3 runs or fewer.
The Giants relinquished first place in Colorado, now they must keep the Dodgers from gaining ground as well, starting tonight.
First pitch is set for 7:10 this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
Coming off of a shortened series sweep by the hands of the Colorado Rockies the San Francisco Giants will be looking for some redemption against another NL West rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants roll through L.A. for a two game series starting today, aiming to score some victories against their most historic and hated rivalry of all time.
This is the first time since opening weekend that the Giants have returned to Chavez Ravine to face the Dodgers, a series that saw only one Giants win and the unfortunate Bryan Stow incident on opening day. The ugliness that mared their last trip will hopefully be replaced with some beautiful baseball, especially since the Giants are only 3-4 against L.A. this year. Two important things are going to have to happen if the G-Men want to be successful this short series; the Giants will need to figure out Clayton Kershaw while Matt Cain will need to figure out the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Kershaw sports a 3-1 record with a 1.07 ERA in seven starts against San Francisco, including a .229 opposing batting average while allowing only 31 hits and striking out 54 in 50 2/3 innings. Cain on the other hand has 3 wins in his last 4 starts against the Dodgers, but began 0-14 against them beforehand. Cain has pitched 4 straight quality starts while Kershaw is coming off of a 7 inning scoreless streak, needless to say it should be a pretty good matchup.
These two teams currently sit 26th and 29th respectively in total runs scored in MLB, so pitching is going to be a big plus during this series. Both teams are sending out some good arms, so I wouldn't expect either game to be a slugfest. But then again, when its Giants v. Dodgers, anything can happen.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:10 PM PDT
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.
Thusday: Mostly Sunny. Light breeze blowing to right field 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.