Giants vs. Reds: Late Inning Rally Gives Giants Game Four Win, Series Split; Pablo Sandoval Activated

The Giants are set to host the Cincinnati Reds for a four game series at AT&T Park beginning Thursday. We'll provide news, previews, recaps, and analysis throughout the series, as well as any juicy Giants news. For more in the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Reds: Aubrey Huff Comes Up Big In 4-2 Win, Pablo Sandoval Activated

The San Francisco Giants salvaged their four-game set against the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-2 win in the finale to get a split. Nate Schierholtz and Aubrey Huff drove in the winning runs in the seventh inning after a very shaky start from Jonathan Sanchez. Huff had three hits and an RBI on the day, which is just what the Giants need right now: big time support from ... well, from anybody not presently injured. If it's Huff, that's great. If it's Shierholtz making use of the playing time he wants, that's great as well. Cody Ross also had an RBI on the day.

Sanchez pitched six innings of two-run ball with five walks and five strikeouts, and also with five hits. He gave way to Ramon Ramirez, who pitches a scoreless seventh for the win, and after a short two-strikeout stint from Javier Lopez and a one-out showing from Sergio Romo, Brian Wilson got the save in the ninth inning with a hit and a strikeout. Sanchez was shaky, as has been the case lately. He was walking batters at the worst times and having trouble getting himself out of jams.

Edinson Volquez was given the no-decision, pitching six innings of his own with five hits, two earned runs, three walks and five strikeouts. There was a moment where Edinson was on first base and and took off for second after a double ... but he stopped at second, drawing the ire of his teammates, and the inning stalled there. He clearly could have made it to third, but he didn't go for it and the inning came to an end with no runs and a very upset Joey Votto.

Jose Arredondo was given the loss after giving up the two runs in the seventh inning. The Giants will now head out on a six-game road trip, starting with a three-game set in Arizona against the rival Diamondbacks, who sit a game behind San Francisco in the NL West.

According to Jaymee Sire's (of Comcast SportsNet) Twitter account, Pablo Sandoval has been activated and will make the trip with the team to help against the rival Diamondbacks. Pablo has a .371 career average at Chase Field, so his return should be a big boost for the team. Sandoval should slot into his normal position, but manager Bruce Bochy has noted that he could spell Huff at first base at times. At any rate, with this injury-stricken team, this can only mean good things on the stat sheet. His presence in the lineup should give everyone else around him confidence, as well.

Conor Gillaspie has been sent down to make room.


Giants vs. Reds, MLB Scores: Tim Lincecum Equals Career Worst Earned Runs In 10-2 Giants Loss

The San Francisco Giants continued to alternate wins and losses as they were roughed up by the Cincinnati Reds 10-2 on Saturday afternoon. The regional Fox game of the week saw Tim Lincecum equal his career high with seven earned runs allowed. Although he’s had shorter outings, Lincecum struggled all game long finishing with a career low one strikeout.

Things started out alright for Lincecum as he struck out Drew Stubbs to start the game and got a 1-2-3 first inning. However, his struggles began in the second as a wild pitch eventually led to a Fred Lewis run scored. The Reds added two more in the third inning and then sent Lincecum to the showers in the fifth inning with a four run inning.

It’s interesting to note that in four starts since Buster Posey went on the DL, Lincecum has a 7.66 ERA having given up 19 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings. He also threw 133 pitches in the last Posey outing so I’d imagine some folks might point to the high pitch total. It’s notable given that he rarely gets into the 130s, but I doubt it’s the reason for his recent struggles. Losing his primary catcher seems to be a more logical explanation. Of course, now he needs to figure out how to adjust to having a new regular catcher since Posey likely won’t be back in 2011.

The Giants wrap up their series with the Reds on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. First pitch will be at 5:05pm pacific with a matchup of Jonathan Sanchez and Edinson Volquez


San Francisco Giants Injury Update: Freddy Sanchez, Apparent Right Shoulder

Another day, another injury to a big contributor to the World Series champions of yesteryear. Such is the life for fans of the 2011 San Francisco Giants. Oh well, those rings are still shiny, right?

Freddy Sanchez dove to stop a hit by Brandon Phillips in the top of the fourth inning. He dived too far apparently, as he landed awkwardly on his shoulder and immediately went down in pain. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, he was mouthing 'shoulder' when he left the field and several astute Giants fans watching at home picked it up. So it could be something like a dislocation/separation.

Brandon Crawford came in to play shortstop, and Emmanuel Burriss moved over to play second. This is probably the spark the Giants needed to get going on offense. Expect a ten run explosion anytime now. 

Follow the game in live action at McCovey Chronicles. SB Nation Bay Area will have updates on the injury when we know the extent of the issue.

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