Giants vs. Indians: Giants Sweep Indians 3-1 Behind Madison Bumgarner's Career High 11 K's

The San Francisco Giants continue their Interleague play as they host the Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park. Follow this StoryStream for Giants news, previews, lineups, & recaps throughout the series. For more on the Black and Orange, head on over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Indians, MLB Scores: Giants Sweep Indians 3-1 Behind Madison Bumgarner's Gem

It was another picture perfect evening by McCovey Cove as Madison Bumgarner was looking to redeem himself from his horrendous outing against the Twins. Bumgarner did just that and then some, racking up a new career high in strikeouts, leading the Giants to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park.

Bumgarner (W 4-9) struck out 11 in his seven innings of work this evening, allowing only six hits and one earn run, which came off a terrible call on a ball hit down the third base line. 78 of his 112 pitches were strikes, and looked confident and in command until his very last pitch of the evening.

Catcher Chris Stewart is making a strong push to become the Giants number one catcher, notching his first two RBI’s as a Giant in the second with a double. Stewart also threw out Grady Sizemore trying to steal third. Aubrey Huff added another run with an RBI single in the third, while Pablo Sandoval finished 2-3, but left the game early with left quadricep tightness. He status is still unknown.

Fausto Carmona (L 4-10) was apparently pitching for a spot in the rotation, and lasted six innings while allowing three earned. He gave up seven hits over that span, including three walks and four punchouts.

Jeremy Affeldt notched his second save of the year with his two innings of work, striking out five of the six outs he got in his perfect outing.

With the win the Giants move back into first place in the NL West, now ten games over .500 at 44-34 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have an off day Monday, then head to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley field. Tuesday will be a double-header with Ryan Vogelsong taking on Doug Davis in the frist game, and Barry Zito making his return to take on Rodrigo Lopez in the night game. Game times are at 11:20 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Indians, Starting Lineups: Chris Stewart Makes Fourth Start in a Row Behind the Dish

The San Francisco Giants are in line to sweep the Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park, trying to repay the favor for the Tribe’s sweep of the Giants during their last visit to AT&T in 2005.

Catcher Chris Stewart will get his third straight start of the series and fourth in a row as Eli Whiteside is still dealing with some leg issues. Stewart caught Timmy’s gem on Thursday then Cain’s great start Saturday, and really is starting to look more comfortable catching for the guys and helping to call the game for them.

Bill Hall with get the start at second base this evening and bat seventh while Brandon Crawford will start at short as Miguel Tejada will get a day off.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Bill Hall 2B
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Madison Bumgarner P

Cleveland Indians Lineup:

1. Michael Brantley LF
2. Orlando Cabrera 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
4. Carlos Santana 1B
5. Grady Sizemore CF
6. Shelley Duncan RF
7. Lou Marson C
8. Adam Everett 3B
9. Fausto Carmona P

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM.

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

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Giants vs. Indians Preview: Madison Bumgarner Looking for Series Sweep of Tribe

With two wins over the Cleveland Indians by the skin of their noses already in the books, the San Francisco Giants are looking to earn a series sweep against the Tribe Sunday evening at AT&T Park. This year's hard luck starter, Madison Bumgarner, will be looking for his fourth win of the season and a little retribution from his nightmare of a start earlier this week against the Twins

In only 1/3 of an inning Bumgarner (3-9) allowed eight earned runs on nine hits leading to a dominating 9-2 Twinkies win, but hopefully can bounce back this evening and get back to his ways before hand where he had nine quality starts in a row. A little run support to back the guy wouldn't hurt either. 

The Giants will have to deal with Fausto Carmona (4-9) who is coming off a rough start of his own. Carmona allowed seven runs in four and 2/3 innings of work against the Rockies while striking out none. Needless to say both Carmona and Bummy would like to get it going tonight. 

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM. 

For more on the Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles. 

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Giants vs. Indians, MLB Scores: Giants Balk Their Way To 1-0 Victory over Tribe

We all know by now that the San Francisco Giants love to keep their games close, but their matchup Saturday with the Cleveland Indians took it to another level. Both teams remained scoreless until an untimely balk by Cleveland's Justin Masterson in the seventh inning scored the game's only run as the Giants squeak out the 1-0 victory at AT&T. 

Matt Cain (W 7-4) pitched lights out for seven full innings, allowing only four hits with no runs with one walk and six strikeouts. The Indians had legitimate chances a few times, but Cain managed to pitch his way out of it. Javy Lopez got his 13th hold of the season with his one hit work in the eighth, while Brian Wilson recorded his 23rd save of the year in unordinary 1-2-3 fashion. He's now tied with Colorado's Houston Street for tops in the NL for saves. 

Justin Masterson (L 5-6) hasn't won a game since April despite pitching six and 2/3 innings of one run ball with only four hits allowed and five punch outs. He intentionally loaded the bases to face Emmanuel Burriss in the seventh, scoring Miguel Tejada. This was the eighth time the Tribe has been shut out this season, going 0-8 as a team with runners in scoring position. 

The Giants didn't fare much better with the bats though, going 0-4 with RISP and having nly one extra base hit for the day, a Nate Schierholtz double. Nate was the only player for the G-Men to record more than one hit, finishing 2-3.

With the win the Giants move to 43-34 on the year. Full box score can be found here.  

The Giants will go for the sweep at AT&T Sunday with Madison Bumgarner (3-9 4.06 ERA) on the mound to take on Fausto Carmona (4-9 6.17 ERA) for the Indians. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM. 

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San Francisco Giants Injury Update: Jonathan Sanchez headed to the 15-Day DL

Many have wondered if the struggles of Jonathan Sanchez this season have been mental or physical. Now there is a bit clearer of an answer. 

Before Saturday's game with the Cleveland Indians skipper Bruce Bochy announced that Sanchez will be placed on 15-day DL with left biceps tendinitis. Sanchez walked six batters and hit another in his 4 2/3 innings Friday night; he also leads the majors with 59 walks. Barry Zito was activated from the DL and will take Sanchez's place on the roster, and is slated to start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Wrigley Field. 

Sanchez had an interesting quote though after the announcement was made: 

"There's nothing wrong with me. I'm fine. I'm healthy. I'm just having a hard time."

Sanchy must not think his tendinitis is too serious, or there may be a mental aspect to this 15-day break. Of course that is only speculation by yours truly, but still something very weird to say from the Sanchize after being put on the DL.

The Skipper was not as concerned:

"Knowing Jonathan, when he says something, it's not quite how he means it," Bochy said. "I don't get caught up in how Jonny words it."    

This will ensure that Bochy will have to make some adjustments to his rotation, possibly moving Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner up a day, but will still have a some more moving to do with the doubleheader with the Cubs making it six games in five days. Going to be interesting to see how it all works out. 

"Because of the double-header, we're not going to pitch him (just) because we may need him. We'll do what's right. If we don't think he should be out there, he's not going to pitch (just) because we need a pitcher. We'd make an adjustment somewhere else."

Hope Sanchez can get everything straightened out during his little vacation injury-related layoff. 

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Giants vs. Indians, Starting Lineups: Miguel Tejada Back at Shortstop

It’s another beautiful day in China Basin, perfect for a little baseball action between the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians. The G-Men rallied to top the Tribe Friday night, and now turn to Matt Cain to clinch the series with first place Cleveland.

Cain is currently on a three game win streak, posting a 2.43 ERA and a .187 batting average against him over that span. He also is only 11 strikeouts away from career number 1000, something he may be able to reach today.

As for the lineup, not much change from Friday. Miguel Tejada will start at shortstop in lieu of Brandon Crawford, Cody Ross will start out in left field, while Nate Schierholtz will be in right.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Miguel Tejada SS
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Matt Cain P

Cleveland Indians lineup:

1. Michael Brantley LF
2. Cord Phelps 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
4. Carlos Santana C
5. Grady Sizemore CF
6. Orlando Cabrera 3B
7. Jack Hannahan 1B
8. Austin Kearns RF
9. Justin Masterson P

First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT this afternoon with coverage on the FOX Network and KNBR 680 AM.

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

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Giants vs. Indians: San Francisco Manufactures Sixth Inning Rally To Defeat Cleveland

The San Francisco Giants fought back from a 3-0 deficit Friday night by manufacturing runs to defeat the Cleveland Indians. On a night in which Jonathan Sanchez did not have complete command of his pitches, the Giants bullpen was almost perfect and the Giants offense figured out how to get to Carlos Carrasco late.

The Indians jumped on top early as they grabbed a pair of runs in the first inning on a Carlos Santana double. The double was key but it was set up by the continued struggles Jonathan Sanchez is having with his command. After striking out Grady Sizemore to lead off the inning, Sanchez walked Orlando Cabrera and Asdrubal Cabrera, at which point Santana blasted the double.

Sanchez settled down and showed the Dr. Jekkyl to his Mr. Hyde as he struck out the side in the second inning. He cruised through the third before again running into trouble in the fourth. He only gave up one run but he mixed in a hit batter and a walk. He left in the fifth inning after walking three more hitters.

The Giants offense scuffled early but slowly mounted their comeback. Andres Torres hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1. In the sixth inning, the Giants were then able to manufacture three more runs to grab a 4-3 lead. After Chris Stewart singled, Nate Schierholtz reached base on a throwing error by Carlos Santana. Andres Torres then singled to center to load the bases. Santana followed that up with another error to score Stewart and the Indians lead was 3-2. A pair of sacrifice fly balls brought in Schierholtz and Torres and the Giants suddenly had the lead.

The Giants bullpen came on in the top of the fifth with two outs to replace the ineffective Sanchez and provided clutch pitching. Santiaga Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, and Brian Wilson combined to give up one walk and nothing else over 4 1/3 innings and secured the 4-3 victory.

The Giants and Indians return at 1:10pm pacific as the regional FOX game of the week. Matt Cain will face Justin Masterson as the Giants will look to win their fourth straight game.

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Giants vs. Indians, Starting Lineups: Andres Torres Returns To Lead Off Giants Offense

The San Francisco Giants will likely have their hands full on this perfect evening at AT&T Park as the first place Cleveland Indians are in town looking to repeat their performance from 2005, their last visit to AT&T. They swept the Giants in three games then, but I think the defending champs will have something to say about that this series.

Andres Torres will be back in the lead-off spot after getting a few ‘mental days’ off, and hopefully will have a few better at bats because of it. Emmanuel Burriss will be at second, Aaron Rowand gets another start but in right field, while Brandon Crawford will be back and shortstop.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Pat Burrell LF
6. Aaron Rowand RF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Jonathan Sanchez P

Cleveland Indians Lineup:

1. Grady Sizemore CF
2. Orlando Cabrera 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
4. Carlos Santana 1B
5. Shin-Soo Choo RF
6. Austin Kearns LF
7. Lou Marson C
8. Jack Hannahan 3B
9. Carlos Carrasco P

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT this evening. Coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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

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Giants vs. Indians MLB Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez Takes The Mound

The Cleveland Indians are in first place of the AL Central division, and the San Francisco Giants are looking for first place in the NL West. After getting brutalized by the Minnesota Twins in game one, the Giants came back to win games two and three, while the Indians were able to salvage a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies with a win in the finale after dropping the first two.

Jonathan Sanchez is taking the mound for the Giants, looking to get his first win in four starts. He's 0-2 in his preview three, including a loss to the Oakland Athletics in his most recent outing. Sanchez gave up all four runs in the 4-2 loss over 4 2/3 innings. He hasn't had scoreless outing in some time, giving up two or more runs in his last five games, sporting a 4-5 record in fifteen starts this year.

Cleveland is sending Carlos Carrasco to the mound, and he's riding a lot of momentum. He's won his last three games, and six of his last seven. His last outing was a win over the PIttsburgh Pirates, where he gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings. Before that, he had two scoreless outings and his 2011 record is 7-3 over 13 starts with a 3.87 earned run average.

Sanchez has faced the Indians once, in 2008, when he gave up run run while striking out eight batters in 7 2/3 innings. Carrasco has never faced the Giants in his career. The game is set for 7:15 p.m. pacific tonight.

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MLB Standings Update: Giants Fall Half a Game Behind D'Backs in NL West

Despite all the injuries, hitting woes, and tortuous games night after night the San Francisco Giants still find themselves in the thick of things in the NL West. Winners of their last two, the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks have been flip-flopping between first and second place every few days it seems, and at this juncture San Francisco is just a smidge behind Arizona for first place. 

The D'backs got get finsihed sweeping the Royals out in Kansas City, while the Giants took two of three from the Twinkies at AT&T. The Colorado Rockies have been playing well, but can't seem to get over that .500 hump, even after taking two games out in Cleveland against the Tribe. The Dodgers continue to struggle, going 4-6 in their last ten games and currently sit 8 games out of first place as the take on the cross-town Angels this weekend. Bringing up the rear once again are the San Diego Padres, 12 games under .500, 10 games out in the NL West and 3-7 over their last 10. 

The Giants are once again a part of the Wild Card race, sitting 1.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place. the Brewers are right behind them, only two games back, followed by the Reds and Nationals who are four and 4.5 games out respectively. 

 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Arizona 42 34 .552 0 Won 3
San Francisco 41 34 .546 0.5 Won 2
Colorado 37 37 .500 4 Lost 1
Los Angeles 34 42 .447 8 Lost 1
San Diego 32 44 .421 10 Won 2

(updated 6.24.2011 at 10:01 AM PDT)



National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 43 33 .565 0 Won 4
San Francisco 41 34 .546 1.5 Won 2
Milwaukee 41 35 .539 2 Lost 1
Cincinnati 39 37 .513 4 Won 1
Washington 38 37 .506 4.5 Won 3
Pittsburgh 37 37 .500 5 Won 2
Colorado 37 37 .500 5 Lost 1
New York 37 38 .493 5.5 Won 2
Los Angeles 34 42 .447 9 Lost 1
Florida 33 42 .440 9.5 Lost 1
San Diego 32 44 .421 11 Won 2
Chicago 30 44 .405 12 Lost 2
Houston 28 48 .368 15 Won 1

(updated 6.24.2011 at 10:01 AM PDT)


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Giants vs. Indians, Series Preview: Giants Host First Place Indians For First Time Since 2005

With Interleague play still in full swing, Commissioner Bud Seilg and his cronies have certainly picked some interesting matchups, even if they were unaware of doing so. The upstart Cleveland Indians will bring their first place standing in the AL Central to AT&T Park Friday night against the San Francisco Giants, a team they haven't faced since 2008, and not in the Bay since 2005. 

Cleveland has leveled off a bit since they got out of the gates like a NASCAR, going 7-8 in their last 15 games. Maybe the most surprising team in MLB so far in 2011, skipper Manny Acta has his club reinvigorated and are in a great spot to take the AL Central thus far, even though it'll likely be a dogfight. Their last visit to AT&T in 2005 merited a sweep for the Indians, something every GIants fan wants no part of this time around. The Giants are 7-13 against AL Central teams at AT&T Park, but are hoping for a little payback from Cleveland's last visit. 

But if the Giants are going to take down the Tribe, their are going to need to get their bats going in crunch time. Giants hitters went 4-46 (.087 BA) with runners in scoring position over their last six games, and current sport the second lowest RISP batting average in the majors at .221 (133-603). It's not the the team isn't hitting, it's just that they can't seem to get a hit when it really counts, especially the longball. Giants players have only 13 homers at AT&T this season, the lowest mark for any home team in the bigs. I think it's time to bump that total up a bit, don't you?

Should be a great series between last year's champs and this year's surprise contender. 


Current Series

3 game series vs Indians @ AT&T Park

Cleveland Indians
@ San Francisco Giants

Friday, Jun 24, 2011, 7:15 PM PDT
AT&T Park

Carlos Carrasco vs Jonathan Sanchez

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

Complete Coverage >

Sat 06/25:                  Justin Masterson vs. Matt Cain 1:10 PM PDT
Sun 06/26:      Fausto Carmona vs. Madison Bumgarner 5:05 PM PDT


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