Giants vs. Marlins: Marlins Complete Sweep with 1-0 Victory Over Giants

The San Francisco Giants are riding back-to-back sweeps and a five-game winning streak, will they continue it against the Florida Marlins for this three-game set? For more on the series and the team in general, go to McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's San Francisco Giants blog.

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Giants vs. Marlins, MLB Scores: Marlins Complete Sweep with 1-0 Victory Over Giants

Things for the San Francisco Giants have gone from bad to worse over the last few days by the hands of the Florida Marlins. Aside from the injuries to Buster Posey and Mike Fontenot, the Giants were swept by the Fins at AT&T Park after a difficult 1-0 loss this afternoon.

Ryan Vogelsong (L 3-1) limited the Marlins to one run despite allowing eight hits in his eight innings of work, along with one walk will striking out three. It was Vogelsong’s first loss of the season, and a hard one to swallow with how well and how long he pitched today. Of those eight hits only Logan Morrison’s single in the sixth plated a run as Florida left the rest of their runners stranded.

But as good as Vogelsong was, Anibal Sanchez (W 4-1) was that much better. He pitched a complete game shutout allowing only five hits and two walks while racking up eight punch outs. The Giants had a chance in the bottom of the ninth when Freddy Sanchez reached third after a double and a Aubrey Huff ground ball, but Cody Ross ended the rally and the game with a groundout.

With the loss the Giants move to 27-22 for the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants head straight to Milwaukee to begin a three game set with the Brewers on Friday. Tim Lincecum (4-4 2.06 ERA) will be on the mound to take on Shawn Marcum (6-1 2.37 ERA) for the Brew Crew. First pitch is set for 5:10 Friday evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Marlins, Starting Lineups: Injury Stricken G-Men Roll Out New Look Lineup

With the injuries for the San Francisco Giants mounting up, skipper Bruce Bochy has gone from having too many players for given positions to almost not having enough. Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Chris Stewart will likely see a good amount of playing time now that they’ve been called up for San Francisco, and the effects these injuries/call ups will have on the season as a whole are likely major.

Emmanuel Burriss will get the start at shortstop while Eli Whiteside will be behind the dish. Get used to this Giants fans, they might be there a while. Aaron Rowand will start in left field while Cody Ross will be in right, moving Nate Schierholtz back to the bench.

And no, Scott Cousins isn’t in the starting lineup for the Marlins. He’s likely in the witness protection program or back on a plane to Florida already if he’s smart. I think Giants fans have found a new number one atop their most hated players list, even if he did go to USF.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss SS
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross RF
6. Aaron Rowand LF
7. Miguel Tejada 3B
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Florida Marlins Lineup:

1. Chris Coghlan CF
2. Emilio Bonifacio SS
3. Logan Morrison LF
4. Gaby Sanchez 1B
5. Greg Dobbs 3B
6. Mike Stanton RF
7. John Buck C
8. Omar Infante 2B
9. Anibal Sanchez P

First pitch is set for 12:45 PT this afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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San Francisco Giants News: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Chris Stewart All Recalled from Minors

The San Francisco Giants have been hit by the injury bug very hard over the past couple of days, and have had to make some corresponding moves to keep the team intact. Buster Posey’s apparent ankle break and ligament damage is the worst of the injuries, but Darren Ford’s ankle has put him on the DL, while Mike Fontenot will be there shortly with his groin injury. So in response, here come the minor leaguers.

Belt, as we all know, was on the opening day roster but later relegated back to AAA for some extra at bats. Well, he’s gotten 101 of them at Fresno so far and has a .337 average with 21 RBI. His role is not 100% certain as of now, but the Giants need someone to swing the lumber, hopefully that will be Belt.

Single A San Jose will be without their shortstop for a while as Brandon Crawford will also be called up per CSN Bay Area’s Mychael Urban. Crawford started the season off with a broken finger but now is batting .322 with 15 RBI in 69 at bats so far. He’s better known for his work with the leather, and is one of the Giants organization’s highest touted prospects.

Fresno catcher Chris Stewart is being called up at the new backup to former backup Eli Whiteside behind the dish. Stewart is batting .221 with 10 RBI in 95 plate appearnces so far this year.

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Giants vs. Marlins, Schedule Preview: Giants Look to Avoid Sweep With Ryan Vogelsong on the Mound

San Francisco Giants fans everywhere are having a day of remorse with the news of Buster Posey’s injury. But the show must fo on as they say, and the Florida Marlins have the Giants right where they want them, on the verge of being swept at AT&T Park.

There’s no doubt that the Giants’ loss of the reigning rookie of the year puts things in a different perspective and could have a significant impact on their success this season, but for this afternoon, all they can do is focus on getting a win for their fallen comrade.

Ryan Vogelsong (3-0 1.93 ERA) will look to keep the Marlins bats in check, while Anibal Sanchez (3-1 3.02 ERA) will look to keep his nice start in 2011 going. The Marlins are trying to be the second team to sweep the Giants at home along with the Braves, despite the G-Men’s 13-7 record at home so far this year.

First pitch is set for 12:45 PT this afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Buster Posey Injury: MRI Scheduled For Thursday Morning To Determine Extent Of Apparent Ankle Injury

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will undergo an MRI Thursday morning to further evaluate the extent of the apparent ankle injury he suffered in a brutal collision at home plate Wednesday night. Posey had x-rays Wednesday night but word was not released regarding the results.

I need to double-check this, but it is my understanding that the MRI would be used to determine ligament damage beyond any possible broken bones. A broken bone is bad enough, but ligament damage would likely extend any stay on the disabled list for Posey.

As Giants.com indicated in the link above, if Posey does go on the DL Eli Whiteside would become the team’s number one catcher. Chris Stewart, currently playing at AAA Fresno would likely be brought up to fill the primary backup role. If Posey’s injury requires an extended stay on the disabled list, I’d have to imagine the Giants would begin looking at possible short-term trade options. Hopefully that’s not necessary, but we’ll know more later Thursday morning.

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Giants vs. Marlins, MLB Scores: Giants Fall to Fins 7-6 in Extras, Lose Buster Posey to Injury

It was a wild and crazy night at AT&T Park, with an ending sure enough to make any Giants fan cringe. The Orange and Black rallied back with four runs in the ninth to force extras, only to lose the game 7-6 in twelve innings; but more importantly the loss of Buster Posey to an injury.

Buster was blocking the plate in the top of the twelfth after Emilo Bonifacio’s sacrifice fly sent Scott Cousins soaring home. Cousins took out Buster hard and injured his foot/ankle. The extent of the injury is still unclear, but it was bad enough for him to be helped off the field without being able to put pressure on that foot. Mike Fontenot also left the game in the fifth with a strained groin.

The Giants offense was rather quiet this evening, plating their first two runs off a Andres Torres double in the third, followed by him scoring on an Aubrey Huff strikeout. They remained quiet until they came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth with four runs off of a passed ball and singles by Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell. They had some chances in extra but couldn’t come through.

Madison Bumgarner went for 6 innings allowing eight hits for three runs with two walks and four strikeouts. And after six pitchers came before him, Guillermo Mota (L 2-1) was eventually tabbed for the loss in the twelfth.

With the loss the Giants move to 27-21 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will be looking to avoid the sweep tomorrow as they’re set to send Ryan Vogelsong (3-0 1.93 ERA) out on the mound to face Anibal Sanchez (3-1 3.02 ERA) for the Marlins.

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Giants vs. Marlins, Starting Lineups: Watch Out for Mike Stanton

With their first loss at home since April last night at the hands of the Florida Marlins, the San Francisco Giants magical mini-run at AT&T Park is over. Nevertheless, there is always another one to be had…

On that note here are the lineups. Only thing different for the G-Men is that Cody Ross and Nate Schierholtz swapped places in the batting order, fifth for six. Besides that, same as last night.

As for the Marlins, Mike Stanton has been red hot as of late, taking Matt Cain deep last night for his sixth home run in the last 10 games. Let’s see if Bumgarner can fare any better tonight against him.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Freddy Sanchez 2B
3. Aubrey Huff 1B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Mike Fontenot SS
8. Miguel Tejada 3B
9. Madison Bumgarner P

Florida Marlins Lineup:

1. Chris Coghlan CF
2. Hanley Ramirez SS
3. Logan Morrison LF
4. Gaby Sanchez 1B
5. Mike Stanton RF
6. John Buck C
7. Wes Helms 3B
8. Omar Infante 2B
9. Chris Volstad P

First pitch is set for 7:15 PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Marlins, Schedule Preview: Giants Look to Bounce Back Behind Madison Bumgarner

The good times were rolling at AT&T Park, that was until the Florida Marlins came to town. Now the San Francisco Giants have to try and begin a new home winning streak this evening in their second match of the series with the Fins.

Madison Bumgarner (1-6 3.71 ERA) will be looking to earn his second win in a row after his great outing in L.A. last Thursday, but the Marlins Chris Volstad (2-3 5.73 ERA) will be gunning for a win of his own. Volstad has had almost the same amount of success against San Francisco as his rotational predecesor Ricky Nolasco, with Volstad sporting a 1-1 record with a 1.20 ERA against the Giants.

The Giants offense will also be trying to show some signs of life after they left 8 runners of base last night, getting shutout for the first time since May 2 against the Nationals in D.C.

First pitch is set for 7:15 PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Marlins, MLB Scores: Marlins End Giants Win Streak 5-1, Ricky Nolasco Dominates

The San Francisco Giants came into tonight’s game on a nine game home winning streak, but thanks to the Florida Marlins, they’re going to have start a new one. Ricky Nolasco pitched a gem, Mike Stanton took Matt Cain yard, and the Marlins took game one of the series by a score of 4-0.

Matt Cain (L 3-3) got a bit flustered on the mound as home umpire Chad Fairchild and his moving strike zone kept him from getting into a groove. Consequently Cain lasted for only six innings allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

As for the aforementioned Nolasco (W 4-0), he continued his dominance of the Giants with a scoreless eight and 1/3 innings pitched allowing seven hits, two walks, and five punch outs. He came out after loading the bases in the ninth, but closer Leo Nunez kept the Giants to a Miguel Tejada sacrifice fly and nothing more for his 18th save of the year. Nolasco is now 3-0 lifetime at AT&T Park with an ERA under 1.00, but what leads to his dominance? I think it’s his haricut.

The Giants were 0-8 with runners in scoring position, but Andres Torres and Cody Ross still managed 2-3 nights with a pair of doubles, while Buster Posey was 2-4.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants continue their series with the Marlins tomorrow with Madison Bumgarner (1-6 3.71 ERA) on the bump to face Chris Volstad (2-3 5.73 ERA) for the Marlins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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Giants vs. Marlins, Starting Lineups: Nate Schierholtz Starting in Right Field, Batting Fifth

If you’re a visting ball club heading to AT&T Park as of late, you probably aren’t too excited about facing the team that plays there.

That’s because the San Francisco Giants have swept the last three series in a row there, while accruing seven demoralizing walk-off wins to their opponents on their home turf already. Every team is only as strong as it’s weakest player, but the Giants aren’t looking too weak in many departments as of late.

Nate Schierholtz, Thursday & Sunday’s hero last week for the G-Men, will get the start in right field this afternoon, moving Cody Ross to left and Pat Burrell to the bench. Mike Fontenot and Miguel Tejada will take care of the left side of the diamond at shortstop and third respectfully.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Freddy Sanchez 2B
3. Aubrey Huff 1B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Cody Ross LF
7. Mike Fontenot SS
8. Miguel Tejada 3B
9. Matt Cain P

Florida Marlins Starting Lineup:

1. Chris Coghlan CF
2. Hanley Ramirez SS
3. Logan Morrison LF
4. Gaby Sanchez 1B
5. Greg Dobbs 3B
6. Mike Stanton RF
7. John Buck C
8. Omar Infante 2B
9. Ricky Nolasco P

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PT this evening 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 ger in on the action.

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Giants vs. Marlins, Schedule Preview: Matt Cain Set to Battle Ricky Nolasco in Series Opener

The San Francisco Giants pitching staff is usually the talk of the team, especially when they play at AT&T Park. But sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to the opposing pitcher once in a while. 

Corona, CA native Ricky Nolasco has been having himself a nice season for the Florida Marlins so far, sporting a 3-0 record with a 3.32 ERA for the fins. But when he comes home to the left coast he really turns it on, especially on the shores of McCovey Cove. Nolasco has a 2-0 record at AT&T including a complete game and a 0.59 ERA, while giving up six total hits in his two outings with a 18/2 K/BB ratio. That is impressive. 

On the other side of Tuesday's bill is Matt Cain (3-2 3.28 ERA), who is no slouch in his own right when it comes to facing the Marlins. In five carrer starts against them he's 2-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a .193 batting average against him. Both Cain and Nolasco are coming off of decent starts last week, but both came up with no decisions after each went at least six innings against the Dodgers and Cubs respectfully. 

The NL West leading Giants have won seven of their last 10 meetings with the NL Wild Card leading Marlins dating back to 2009, and are 9-0 in the last nine home games.

First pitch is set for 7:15 PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

For more discussion and analysis of everything Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action. 


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MLB Standings Update: Giants, Rockies Going Opposite Directions in NL West

With June just around the corner the San Francisco Giants are looking to get the summer started right as they currently sit atop the NL West standings. Winners of their last five including a sweep in the Bay Bridge Series against Oakland, the Giants have been manufacturing late wins, great outings from their starting pitchers, and just enough offense to get the job done.

San Francisco leads the league in games decided by three runs or fewer at 39 thus far, winning 24 of them. They also are second for most games decided by one run in MLB, and are 11-0 in one run victories at home including seven walk offs already. 

As for Colorado, they've hit a bit of a rough patch after losing their last three, dropping back to 3.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West. The big surprise of the week was the Arizona Diamondbacks. Winners of their last six, the D'Backs are only half a game behind Colorado for second place now, creating a new three team race as the Dodgers and Padres lag behind. L.A. has lost their last three and currently are seven games under .500, while the Padres have lost their last four and are bringing up the rear nine games behind the Giants. 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 27 19 .586 0 Won 5
Colorado 23 22 .511 3.5 Lost 3
Arizona 23 23 .500 4 Won 6
Los Angeles 21 28 .428 7.5 Lost 3
San Diego 19 29 .395 9 Lost 4

(updated 5.24.2011 at 9:42 AM PDT)


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Giants vs. Marlins Series Preview: San Francisco Looking To Continue Hot Streak

The San Francisco Giants are riding a five-game win streak at the moment, including a two-game sweep of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and a three-game home sweep over the Bay Area rival Oakland Athletics. Needless to say, the defending World Series champions are feeling pretty good about themselves. Now, they'll continue their homestand as they host the Florida Marlins for a three-game set.

The Marlins have been, at best, pretty inconsistent of late. They're wrapping up a five-game homestand of their own, but they've gone two-and-three in that time. Florida did, however, take two-of-three from the Tampa Bay Rays and looked good doing it. Tampa Bay recovered in game three though, and shut the Marlins out 4-0, so they're not riding a ton of momentum at this point.

However, these are two pretty even teams ... the Giants sport a 27-19 record, while the Marlins are at 26-19, their inconsistencies are something of the present and recent times, as they started their season out pretty well. This is a matchup between two teams who could be very good on their best day, or really, really bad on just an "off day." You don't want to see either of them on their worst day.

It's the bottom of the order for the Giants, who will be sending out Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong to handle the pitching duties. They'll be up against Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad and Anibal Sanchez.


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3 game series vs Marlins @ AT&T Park

Florida Marlins
@ San Francisco Giants

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 7:15 PM PDT
AT&T Park

Ricky Nolasco vs. Matt Cain

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

 

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Wed 05/25 - Chris Volstad vs. Madison Bumgarner 
7:15 PM PDT
Thu 05/26 - Anibal Sanchez vs. Ryan Vogelsong 
12:45 PM PDT
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