Giants vs. Nationals: Giants Win 3-1 Behind Matt Cain's Complete Game

The San Francisco Giants are holding onto their NL West lead, and will host the Washington Nationals for a three-game set in the middle of a ten-game homestand. 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. Nationals, MLB Scores: Giants Win 3-1 Behind Matt Cain Complete Game

The starting pitchers for the San Francisco Giants were in need of a boost lately after having a string of somewhat lack-luster starts as of late. But Matt Cain broke the cycle today, pitching a sensational complete game while holding the Washington Nationals to only one run as the Giants went on to win by a score of 3-1 at AT&T Park.

Cain (W 5-4) gave up only five hits throughout the game, while striking out an impressive 11 Nationals while walking only one. The lone run came from an RBI double from Rick Ankiel in the seventh, stranding the other five runners on base. Cain also had 22 first pitch strikes of 33 batters he faced, while 78 of his 110 pitches were for strikes.

As for the offense Matt Cain helped himself out with a RBI double in the sixth, then the Giants added two more in the seventh off of a Brandon Crawford RBI triple followed by a Eli Whiteside RBI single. Crawford and Whiteside were the only two Giants to have multiple hits for the game, both finishing 2-3.

Yunesky Maya was solid in his six innings of work for the Nats, allowing only one run on four hits, with one walk and one punch out. Sean Burnett (L 1-3) was tagged for the loss after his inning of relief in the seventh.

With the win the Giants move to 35-27 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will begin their series with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at AT&T Park, with first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. PT. Madison Bumgarner (2-7 3.42 ERA) will take the mound to face Johnny Cueto (2-2 2.27 ERA), with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.


Giants vs. Nationals, Schedule Preview: Matt Cain Out to Salvage Series Win

The San Francisco Giants lost another close one to the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park Tuesday, but now must focus on their matinee meeting with the Nats Wednesday to clinch a series win with Washington.

Matt Cain (4-4 3.64 ERA) is coming of a nice start against the Rockies last week where he held them to just one run over seven innings and only four hits. Cain will also be looking to redeem himself from a loss to the Nationals May 1 where he allowed only two earned runs but took the L.

Even though the starting pitchers haven’t done anything incredibly remarkable this homestand, the Giants bullpen has held the opposition scoreless for 17 innings so far on this homestand, including four innings Tuesday. The pen has held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 16 home games.

Cain will face the Nats Yunesky Maya (0-1 8.00 ERA) making only his third start for the Nationals this season. Don’t expect a slugfest at all though as both of these teams love to play them close. The Giants are 17-9 in one-run games this season; In fact 29 of their 34 wins have been decided by three runs or less. In total 50 of the Giants’ 61 games this season have been decided by three runs or fewer.

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


Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Scores: Giants Fall 2-1 Behind Shaky Start From Jonathan Sanchez

The San Francisco Giants were looking to keep the good times rolling after Monday night’s epic extra inning adventure with the Washington Nationals. But it was much lower scoring affair on Tuesday at AT&T Park, and the Giants unfortunately were on the wrong end of it tonight. Jonathan Sanchez had trouble with his control, the Giants offense remained relatively quiet, and the Nationals won by a score of 2-1.

Sanchez (L 4-4) lasted for only five innings tonight, allowing two earned runs on four hits, with five walks and six strikeouts. The two runs came on an RBI single from Ian Desmond in the third and a sacrifice fly from Jordan Zimmerman in the fourth, both after Sanchez gave the Nats base runners with walks.

Zimmerman (W 4-6) was strong in his seven innings of work, keeping the Giants to only one run, an RBI Nate Schierholtz double in second, along with five hits, one walks, and three strikeouts. Drew Storen got his 12th save of the season with his perfect ninth inning.

With the loss the Giants move to 34-27 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will finish up their series with Washington Wednesday as Matt Cain (4-4 3.64 ERA) will take the mound to face Yunesky Maya (0-1 8.00 ERA) for the Nationals.


Giants vs. Nationals, Starting Lineups: Conor Gillaspie Gets First Start Of Season With Giants

The San Francisco Giants will roll out their latest call up, Conor Gillaspie, for his first start of the season with the team. Conor will bat second and play third base for Miguel Tejada who will get the night off after the long game on Monday.

Chris Stewart will be behind the dish for Jonathan Sanchez, while Aaron Rowand will get the stat in left field after his bit of heroics last night with his crucial home run in the seventh. Nate Schierholtz will be in right, Brandon Crawford will be at short.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Conor Gillaspie 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Aaron Rowand LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Jonathan Sanchez P

Washington Nationals Lineup:

1. Roger Bernadina LF
2. Ian Desmond SS
3. Jayson Werth RF
4. Michael Morse 1B
5. Danny Espinosa 2B
6. Wilson Ramos C
7. Rick Ankiel CF
8. Jerry Hairston 3B
9. Jordan Zimmermann P

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

For more discussion and analysis of your San Francisco Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.


Giants vs. Nationals MLB Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez Up Today

The San Francisco Giants came through in game one against the Washington Nationals, in the thirteenth inning no-less. Extra innings wins have been a mainstay for them this year, so it was no surprise when they entered the tenth ... no, the surprise came in the eighth inning when they decided to finally start hitting the ball. That was nice of them, no? Also of note, Tim Lincecum reached 1,000 career strikeouts and is officially a total badass. Aside from that, you know, pretty uneventful game.

San Francisco lost the series the last time out, but can secure a win here in game two, and for that purpose, they'll send Jonathan Sanchez to the mound. He was a victor in his last outing, against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he gave up three runs on four hits and six walks. Obviously, with that stat-line, he'd had to have gotten plenty of run support ... well the Giants won that game 12-7, so you could call it run support. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 4.07 earned run average against the Nationals in seven meetings, four of which were starts.

He's currently 4-3 with a 3.50 ERA in twelve starts thus far in 2011, and will be trying to improve upon that, while knocking Jordan Zimmermann down from his present stat-line of 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA in eleven starts. Zimmermann allowed only one run in his last outing, a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He already beat the Giants once this year, giving up two runs over six innings.

After game one, the Giants lead the Diamondbacks by one game in the National League West, and they can't let up now. They'll look for Sanchez to get run support from the usual candidates (that is, the usual candidates when the actual usual candidates are on the disabled list) such as Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez. The game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. pacific and will be on CSN Bay Area.


Giants vs. Nationals, MLB Scores: Freddy Sanchez Walks Off In Extras for Giants 5-4 Victory

San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum was on the verge of making a bit of career history tonight at AT&T Park, looking for his 1000th career strikeout. He reached his milestone, but got knocked out of the game early in what turned out to be a wild extra-inning affair with the Washington Nationals. The Giants scored four times late in the game to force extras, eventually getting the win on a Freddy Sanchez single by a score of 5-4 in 13 innings, the longest game the Giants have had in 2011.

Lincecum lasted only five innings of work, giving up four runs to the Nats in the first three innings including a Micheal Morse homer in the second. Timmy gave up five hits with three walks and five strikeouts during his 101 pitch outing, while earning the historic 1,000th strikeout in the second inning against Jerry Hairston Jr.

The Giants bats remained silent against the Nats John Lannan, who kept the Giants to only three hits before Aaron Rowand launched a homer in the seventh to break up the shutout. Lannan would depart after the inning only to watch Todd Coffey and Sean Burnett give up three runs in the eighth off of a Aubrey Huff two run single followed by a Nate Schierholtz RBI single a few batters later to tie up the game.

Both the Giants and Nationals wasted opportunities in extra innings, but in the bottom of the thirteenth Freddy Sanchez slapped a single to right field to score Chris Stewart from third, giving the Giants their eighth walk-off win of the year.

Javier Lopez (W 3-1) was the winning pitcher with his excellent one and 1/3 innings of work in extras, while Craig Stammen (L 0-1) took the loss for Washington.

With the win the Giants move to 34-26 on the season. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will have the second meeting of the series with the Nationals Tuesday as Jonathan Sanchez (4-3 3.50 ERA) will be on the mound to take on Jordan Zimmerman (3-6 3.61 ERA) for the Nats. First pitch is set for 7:15 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.


Giants vs. Nationals, Starting Lineups: Cody Ross Batting Clean Up Against Nationals

As the San Francisco Giants begin the second portion of their homestand with the Washington Nationals in town, manager Bruce Bochy is going with his righty dominated lineup to face the Nats John Lannan this evening. This will be Washington’s first and only trip to AT&T Park this season, just in time to have Timmy make some history against them.

Cody Ross will be batting clean-up for the first time this season, moving Aubrey Huff down to fifth in the order. Aaron Rowand will get the start in left field batting sixth, Brandon Crawford will be batting seventh, while Miguel Tejada will be batting second again playing third base.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Miguel Tejada 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Cody Ross RF
5. Aubrey Huff 1B
6. Aaron Rowand LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Tim Lincecum P

Washington Nationals Lineup:

1. Roger Bernadina CF
2. Ian Desmond SS
3. Jayson Werth RF
4. Laynce Nix LF
5. Michael Morse 1B
6. Danny Espinosa 2B
7. Ivan Rodriguez C
8. Jerry Hairston 3B
9. John Lannan P

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


Giants vs. Nationals, Schedule Preview: Timmy Goes For 1,000 Career K's Against Nats

With five years under his belt now for the San Francisco Giants, ace right-hander Tim Lincecum is on the verge of accomplishing a rare feat in professional baseball. With only five more strikeouts Lincecum can become only the seventh player all time to accrue 1,000 punch outs in his first five years in the league. His opponent today will be the Washington Nationals, a team he’s had some decent success with, just not as much recently.

Lincecum (5-4 2.59 ERA) has 17 strikeouts against the Nats in his last three carrer starts against them, but is 0-2 with a 5.50 ERA in their last two meetings, including a loss in Washington earlier this year. Timmy is set to duel the Nats John Lannan (3-5 4.05 ERA) who is coming off of back-to-back winning performances against the Padres and Phillies last week at National’s Stadium in D.C.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. 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 your fix.


Giants vs. Nationals MLB Schedule Preview: Holding On To NL West Lead

The San Francisco Giants maintained their NL West lead and furthered themselves from the now-fourth-place Colorado Rockies by taking two of three games in that series. Now, they'll continue their ten-game home streak by hosting a three-game set against the Washington Nationals. After a high-scoring series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants had a pretty low-key series against the Rockies, winning games with three and two runs, respectively.

Teams aren't having to blow out the Nationals to beat them, however, so if the Giants have the pitching they need, they should be in a good position to win the series. The Nationals are sitting at the bottom of the NL East, but they have been winning some games lately, splitting a four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks (good for the Giants) and taking two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies before that. So they do have a little bit of momentum, and were winners in their last game, game four against the Diamondbacks.

While they don't necessary need to score twelve or even seven runs to best the Nationals like they did with the Cardinals, they'd still like to show that kind of fire, especially with the injuries throughout the team. Now they've lost Brandon Belt for a time on top of Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, so things are really pushing it right now. At least they've got the top of the pitching order coming up, which is always a happy time for Giants fans ... pregame, at least.

Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain will take the mound for San Francisco, while Washington will send John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann, and Yunesky Maya out there. Lincecum is fast-approaching 1,000 career strikeouts, but he'll likely be more focused on just beating the Nationals, which he's struggled to do at this point.

Current Series

3 game series vs Nationals @ AT&T Park

Washington Nationals
@ San Francisco Giants

Monday, Jun 6, 2011, 7:15 PM PDT
AT&T Park

John Lannan vs. Tim Lincecum

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


Complete Coverage >

Tue 06/07 - Jordan Zimmermann vs. Jonathan Sanchez 7:15 PM PDT
Wed 06/08 - Yunesky Maya vs. Matt Cain 
12:45 PM PDT

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