Giants vs. Diamondbacks: Giants Make it a Perfect Homestand with 3-2 Sweep of Diamondbakcs

The San Francisco Giants will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 3 game series at AT&T Park starting Tuesday. The Giants are coming off of their first sweep of the season against the Rockies, and are looking to keep the good times rolling at home. 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. Diamondbacks Series Recap: Back-To-Back Sweeps For San Francisco

If you already gave up on the season or hit the panic button, there's something inherently wrong with you. No, seriously, there's no courtesy here - you need to see a doctor or something. It's so early in the season, and now the San Francisco Giants are first place in the National League West, after back-to-back three-game sweeps of the rival Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, all on a six-game homestand at AT&T Park. They didn't necessarily dominate from the beginning to the end of each game, and in fact, did not score more than four points in any of the three games against Arizona, nor did they win by multiple points in any of the games.

Pitcher of the Series: Brian Wilson
In the previous series, Wilson appeared in three games and got two wins and a save. Against the Diamondbacks, he made two more consecutive appearances, getting another win under his belt and another save, to bring his total for the year up to twelve. Wilson has been lights out this season, and deserves this 'pitcher of the series' award any time he's out there. Worth noting that Javier Lopez came up in game three and earned the save impressively.

Hitter of the Series: Andres Torres
Fresh off the disabled list, Torres went 1-3, 2-3, and 1-4, but he had two walks and two RBI, and is a player that the Giants sorely miss and can now depend on. Plus, nobody else really "wowed" in this series, so he gets the nod. Good to have you back, Torres.

Stat of the Series: Three one-run games
There's a little bit of good and a little bit of bad at this point ... the Giants are able to win those low-scoring affairs and get themselves out of high-pressure situations with the small lead on the line, but when you only score four runs once, it's a scary thing. You need those six, seven, eight-run games in between all of these performances to keep your confidence up. They'd like to improve upon this going forward, but they'll take one-run wins over one-run losses any day.

Series Results:

Tuesday, May 10th: Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0
WP: Brian Wilson (3-1)
LP: David Hernandez (2-1)

Wednesday, May 11th: Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3
WP: Jonathan Sanchez (3-2)
LP: Armando Galarraga (3-3)
SV: Brian Wilson (12)

Thursday, May 12th: Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2
WP: Matt Cain (3-2)
LP: Daniel Hudson (3-5)
SV: Javier Lopez (1)

Upcoming Schedule:
The Giants will head out on a seven-game road trip, with a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs, a two-game set against the Colorado Rockies and a two-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Giants Win 3-2, Sweep Diamondbacks for Sixth Straight Win

For the second time this series the San Francisco Giants found themselves in a pitcher’s duel against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Matt Cain and Daniel Hudson were battling back and forth the majority of the game. Fortunately Cain was on the winning side of the battle as the Giants swept the D’backs by a score of 3-2 at AT&T Park.

Cain (W 3-2) pitched very well, lasting for 7.2 innings with 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. He even took a pitch off his throwing hand in the seventh while attempting a bunt but stayed in the game. The runs to his credit were plated by Jeremy Affeldt and Ramon Ramirez in the eighth, but it was looking like it might have been a shutout for the most of the game. Javy Lopez got the save in the ninth, his first of the year.

Skipper Bruce Bochy showed why he is a lunep genius again by putting Nate Schierholtz and Eli Whiteside in the lineup today, and both of them were very productive. Whitey was 2-4 with two doubles while Schierholtz was 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Nasty Nate also gunned out Gerardo Parra on a ball off the wall as he was digging for second. Andres Torres had an RBI double in the 7th followed by Aubrey Huff RBI single for the Giants three runs.

Daniel Hudson (L 3-5) was on point as well, lasting for 6.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. A Stephen Drew infield single and a Justin Upton single plated the D’backs two runs.

Today was Cain’s first win at home this season, capping off a perfect homestand for the G-Men.

With the win the Giants move to 21-16 on the year, taking a half a game lead over the Rockies in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will now head to the Windy City for a 3 game set with the Chicago Cubs starting Friday, with Madison Bumgarner (0-5 4.21 ERA) still searching for his first win against Ryan Dempster (1-4 7.20 ERA) for the Cubs. First pitch is set for 11:20 PT tomorrow morning and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Preview: Giants Looking for Second Sweep in a Row at AT&T Park

Whether it be walk off hits, stellar pitching from the starters and the bullpen, of just a good old-fashioned homer, the San Francisco Giants are winners of five straight. Now they are looking to sweep their second series in a row over the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon at AT&T Park. 

The comfy confides of AT&T Park have been treating the G-Men very well over the last week or so, and now they will attempt to put the finishing touches on a perfect 6 game homestand before they head out for a 7 game road trip starting Friday against the Chicago Cubs. Matt Cain (2-2 3.38 ERA) will be looking to rack up his first win at home in 2011, but the D'backs Daniel Hudson (3-4 4.47 ERA) will likely have something to say about that. Hudson pitched 7 scoreless innings against the Padres in San Diego earlier this week, and will be looking for a repeat performance today at AT&T. 

The Giants have now won 8 of their last 10 series with the Diamondbacks dating back to 2002 with an impressive 103-64 record against them in that span.

First pitch is set for 12:45 this afternoon 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. 

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Aubrey Huff Homers Giants Past D'Backs 4-3

The San Francisco Giants have been white hot lately as winners of four in a row, and turned to Jonathan Sanchez this evening to extend it to five. And after a laborious fight by the Sanchize, an Aubrey Huff Homer, and a big night from Miguel Tejada, the Giants took out the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second night in a row by a score of 4-3 at AT&T Park.

Sanchez (W 3-2) seemed to have some issues with the control of his fastball, but managed to claw his way for 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 7 punch outs. Skipper Bruce Bochy pulled out all the stops when it came to the bullpen, using Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo in 2 innings of combined perfect work. Brian Wilson continued his terrific homestand by recording his twelfth save of the season despite giving up a leadoff double in the ninth.

Aside from Huff’s homer in the fifth, his fourth or the year, the Giants got some great hitting from the slumping Miguel Tejada. Miggy was 3-4 including a double and an RBI, boosting his average up to .213 for the year now. Andres Torres had himself a great night as well, going 2-3 with an RBI ground rule double in the sixth. All of the starting positional players for the G-Men got a hit except for Aaron Rowand and Mike Fontenot, but Rowand still scored a run on a wild pitch by Armando Galarraga in the fourth.

Galarraga (L 3-3) continued his slide after starting the year 3-0, lasting for 5.1 innings while allowing 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Henry Blanco was responsible for 2 of the D’backs 3 runs with an RBI single in the second and a solo home run in the fourth. But the Giants managed to battle back from their early deficit to get their fifth win in a row.

With the win the Giants move to 20-16 on the year and into a temporary tie with the Colorado Rockies atop the NL West as they were postponed due to weather against the Mets. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will be going for their second sweep in a row tomorrow as Matt Cain (2-2 3.38 ERA) will be on the bump to face the Diamondbacks Daniel Hudson (3-4 4.47 ERA). First pitch is set for 12:45 tomorrow afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez on the Mound as Giants Go for Fifth Straight Win

After the performance put together by Tim Lincecum and Cody Ross last night in the San Francisco Giants epic 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team will now turn to Jonathan Sanchez to push the G-Men's win streak to 5 straight games. The only thing in their way will be 'Mr. Almost Perfect' Armando Galarraga for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  

Sanchez (2-2 3.55 ERA) has been having issues keeping his focus on the mound as of late, walking 6 batters in each of his last two starts. But Armando Galarraga (3-2 5.29 ERA) hasn't fared too much better though, losing 2 of his last three starts after beginning the season 3-0. It likely will be another battle of attrition between these two clubs, with the eventual victor out lasting the other.

The Giants now loaded bench will likely see a barrage of mixing and matching in the lineup card with Andres Torres and Mark DeRosa back from the DL while keeping Darren Ford on the squad as well. The Giants officially have 6 outfielders and 5 infielders, leaving them with only Buster Posey and Aubrey Huff with set positions on the field; everyone else will be moving all over the place. Skipper Bruce Bochy is a mastermind of the lineup card though, so it should be fun to see who will be the Giants hero every night. 

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 your San Francisco Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get you fix. 

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Cody Ross' Walk Off Leads Giants to 1-0 Victory

The San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum and the Arizona Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy were locked into a good old-fashioned pitchers duel at AT&T this evening. It was goose egg after goose egg in the box score, and It took until the bottom of the ninth to plate any runs. But the Giants managed to record their sixth walk off of the year with a Cody Ross RBI single as the Giants won in epic fashion by a score of 1-0.

Buster Posey drew a four-pitch walk to start the bottom of the ninth, then pinch runner Darren Ford stole second. Aubrey Huff struck out, then Ross hit a laser down the left field line scoring Ford easily to end the game in the exciting fashion. Three of the Giants last four wins have now been walk offs, while Darren Ford’s value on this team continues to rise as he was not demoted back to AAA.

Tim Lincecum was on point tonight, lasting for 8 innings allowing 4 hits, no runs, 2 walks and nine strikeouts. He had a no hitter through 5 innings as well until Ian Kennedy’s single up the middle broke it up. Brian Wilson (W 3-1) got his third win in his last 4 appearances for the G-men with his scoreless top of the ninth.

Ian Kennedy was no slouch either as he also went for 8 innings, allowing no runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. David Hernandez (L 2-1) was tabbed with the loss for the D’backs.

With the win the Giants move to 19-16, now only half a game behind the Rockies for fist place in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have their second game of the three game series tomorrow with Jonathan Sanchez (2-2 3.55 ERA) on the mound to take on Armando Galarraga (3-2 5.29 ERA) for the Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 7:15 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.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Preview: Tim Lincecum Set to Battle Ian Kennedy in Series Opener at AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants are only one game behind the Colorado Rockies after sweeping them this weekend, but now must turn their attention to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants can overtake the Rocks with some wins against the D'backs this series, starting tonight as they hand the ball over to Tim Lincecum to get their fourth win in a row, their fifth of their last six.  

Lincecum (3-3 2.47 ERA) will be squaring off with the Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy (3-1 3.80 ERA) this evening, the first time the Giants have seen Kennedy this season. In his last start on May 5, he went for 6 full innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in the D'backs 3-2 victory over Colorado. The Giants offense will look to score some early runs to give Timmy some breathing room, especially since they haven't scored more than 4 runs in their last 5 games. 

First pitch is set for 7:15 PT tonight, with coverage on CSN 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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