Giants vs. Rockies: Cody Ross Erupts, Ryan Vogelsong Shines, Giants Sweep Rockies with 3-0 Shutout

The San Francisco Giants are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Mets, and are now facing the NL West rival Colorado Rockies for a three-game set. Beating the division leaders would be a huge statement for the struggling Giants. For more on the series and the team in general, go to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Rockies, Series Recap: Series Sweep of Rockies Has Giants Flying High

The San Francisco Giants came home from a brutal 10 game East Coast road trip this weekend in need of some team momentum. And what a better way to do so than sweeping the NL West leading Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park, including 2 walk off victories on Friday and Saturday. Throw in the awesome festivities surrounding Willie Mays’ 80th birthday on Friday, and an excellent performance by Ryan Vogelsong on Sunday, it was an all around amazing weekend for the G-Men.

Pitcher of the Series: Brian Wilson
The bearded savior made an appearance in all 3 games this weekend, racking up wins on Friday and Saturday, as well as his 11th save of the season in 12 attempts on Sunday. Wilson has a 10/19 BB to K ratio in his 15.1 innings pitched so far in 2011 with a decent 1.37 WHIP, though his stats are mared by his early season appearances when he was just coming off the DL.

Hitter of the Series: Cody Ross
Cody had been struggling since he was activated off the DL, but was starting to get hot this weekend at AT&T. He was 3-5 for the series with a homer, 3 RBI, 2 runs and a walk; and he didn’t even start on Friday or Saturday. Ross has always been a bit of a all or nothing type of hitter, and it seems he is on one of his all streaks right now. He’s bumped his average up to .240 after his early slump, and hopefully will keep it going during the next series.

Upcoming Series: The Giants will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game set starting Tuesday, May 10 at AT&T Park. Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, and Matt Cain will square off with Ian Kennedy, Armando Galarraga, and Daniel Hudson respectively. After that, the Giants will be back on the road for 7 games, with stops to face the Cubs, Rockies, and Dodgers along the way.

Series Recap:

Friday, May 6: Giants 4, Rockies 3
WP: Brian Wilson (2-1)
LP: Felipe Paulino (0-3)

Saturday, May 7: Giants 3, Rockies 2
WP: Brian Wilson (2-1)
LP: Felipe Paulino (0-3)

Sunday, May 8: Giants 3, Rockies 0
WP: Ryan Vogelsong (2-0)
LP: Jorge De La Rosa (4-1)
Sv: Brian Wilson (11)

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Giants vs. Rockies, MLB Scores: Cody Ross Erupts, Giants Sweep Rockies With 3-0 Shutout

In only his third start this season for the San Francisco Giants veteran Ryan Vogelsong had his best outing thus far, holding the Colorado Rockies to only one hit as the Giants got the Mother’s Day shutout by a score of 3-0. The Giants offense certainly struggled once again, except for a one Cody Ross.

Vogelsong (W 2-0) lasted for 6.1 innings, holding the Rocks scoreless with one walk and 4 strikeouts. He also launched a double over Dexter Fowler’s head in the third. Javier Lopez pitched well in his 1.2 innings of work as well, allowing only one hit and one strikeout. Brian Wilson came in for his 11th save of the season, striking out two Rockies.

Cody Ross was the Giants offense this afternoon, going 2-3 while hitting an RBI single in the second and a 2 run homer in the sixth. Freddy Sanchez was 1-3 with a single while Pat Burrell was 1-3 with a double.

As for the Rockies, Jorge De La Rosa (L 4-1)had himself a very rough outing, throwing 115 pitches in only 6 innings of work with 4 hits and 5 walks. He still managed to strikeout 7 Giants during his time on the mound, but it wasn’t pretty and the Giants definitely could have done more damage than they did.

With the win the Giants moved to 18-16 for the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have Monday off, but begin another 3 game series on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tim Lincecum (3-3 2.47 ERA) will square off with the D’Backs Ian Kennedy (3-1 3.80 ERA) with the first pitch set for 7:15 PT. Coverage 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 in on the action.

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Giants vs. Rockies, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Look to Ryan Vogelsong for Series Sweep of Rockies

After back-to-back high octane wins for the San Francisco Giants the team will be looking for their first series sweep of the season against the NL West leading Colorado Rockies this afternoon at AT&T Park. Many a Bay Area Mother will be hoping for a Mother's Day present from the Black and Orange today, and will turn to Ryan Vogelsong to get the job done.

Vogelsong (1-0 4.40 ERA) will have the task of trying to slow down Jorge De La Rosa (4-0 2.92 ERA) and his great start to the 2011 season. He kept the Giants in check in his last outing against them on April 20, going for 7 full innings allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Minor league call up Vogelsong has done well in his time in Barry Zito's DL absence, and can hopefully get his second win of the season this afternoon. 

First Pitch is set for 1:05 PT and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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

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Giants vs. Rockies, MLB Scores: Giants Second Walk Off Win in a Row Leads to 3-2 Victory Over Rockies

Another chilly windy night at AT&T Park, another San Francisco Giants walk off victory.

Mike Fontenot atoned for an early error in tonight’s game with a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to earn the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. It was the second night in a row the Giants walked off on the Rox, and now sit only two games behind them in the NL West.

Madison Bumgarner pitched well this evening, lasting for 6 innings with 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The two runs against him came in the seventh off a Todd Helton 2 run single and had an unfortunate throwing error in that inning as well, but besides that was stellar in his outing; just not stellar enough to get his first win of the year. Brain Wilson (W 2-1) got his second win in as many nights with his ninth inning appearance, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.

The rest of the Giants offense came from a Buster Posey RBI groundout in the first and a Freddy Sanchez RBI double in the fifth. Freddy finished the night 3-5, Aaron Rowand was 2-4, while Aubrey Huff was 1-4 with a double. Slumping Miguel Tejada made it two straight games with a hit now with a single in the eighth.

Esmil Rodgers was schedule to start for the Rockies, but was a late scratch with back issues, opening the door for Clayton Mortensen’s first start of the season. He went for 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. Felipe Paulino (L 0-3) was tabbed for the loss for the second night in a row for Colorado.

With the win the Giants move to 17-16 on the year, winners of 4 of their last 5. Full box score can be found here.

San Francisco will be looking to sweep the Rockies tomorrow as Ryan Vogelsong (1-0 4.40 ERA) is set to take on Jorge De La Rosa (4-0 2.92 ERA) for the Rox. First pitch is set for 1:05 PT tomorrow afternoon and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. And don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day!

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. Rockies, MLB Schedule Preview: Madison Bumgarner Looking for First Victory Today Against Rockies

After the San Francisco Giants' epic win last night over the Colorado Rockies, they will be looking to keep the magic going this evening with Madison Bumgarner still searching for his first elusive victory of 2011. 

Bumgarner (0-5 4.75 ERA) had back-to-back quality starts in his last two outings, but had little to no run support in each of those games. Hopefully the comfy confines of AT&T Park will get the Giants bats going against Esmil Rogers (3-1 7.66 ERA) who despite his decent record has been getting rocked by his opponents as of late. The Giants roughed him up considerably on April 18th, racking up 8 earned runs against him in just 3 innings of work. But in his last outing against the Pirates, he only lasted 1 inning with 4 earned runs to his credit. 

The Giants offense has continued to sputter, but always seem to manufacture enough runs to get the job done at AT&T, where they have only played 10 of their first 32 games. Hopefully they can come through with a few key hits to get that monkey off Bumgarner's back.

First pitch is set for 6:05 tomorrow evening and can be found on NBC Bay Area and 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. Rockies, MLB Scores: Giants Celebrate Willie Mays With Rally in the Ninth for a 4-3 Victory

On a storied night celebrating one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the San Francisco Giants scored an epic comeback in the last two innings of the game to ensure Willie Mays’ 80th birthday was indeed a happy one. Nate Schierholtz hit a two RBI double in the eighth while Freddy Sanchez closed it out with a RBI single in the ninth, clinching the Giants 4-3 comeback victory over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

Matt Cain had a decent outing tonight, lasting for 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. But it was Brian Wilson (W 1-1) who got the win for the Giants, coming in in the ninth after Schierholtz tied it up in the eighth.

Ubaldo Jimenez looked pretty good as well, going for 6 innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 run with 5 walks and 7 strikeouts. Their bullpen definitely let the Rox down though, with Rafael Betancourt and Felipe Paulinno (L 0-2) giving up the 3 deciding runs in the game.

With the win the Giants move back to .500 at 16-16 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

I truly feel blessed to have witnessed the historic evening with my own eyes as Giants legends like Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry and more came out to celebrate Mr. Mays’ 80th birthday. There were video tributes from former President Bill Clinton, Hank Aaron, Bill Cosby, and Bud Selig, beautiful speeches from Jon Miller and Lon Simmons, even a letter from Barack Obama to congratulate Mr. Mays. A great ceremony all around to honor maybe the best all around player to every play the game. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ deserved nothing less; what a fitting way to cap of the celebratory night.

The Giants host the Rockies for the second meeting of their three game set as Madison Bumgarner (0-5 4.75 ERA) is still looking for his first win in 2011 against the Rockies’ Esmil Rodgers (3-1 7.66 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 PT and can be found on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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

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