Giants vs. Phillies: Tim Lincecum, Pablo Sandoval Lead Giants to 4-1 Victory

The Giants are fresh off their series win over the first place Brewers, and now head to Citizen's Bank Park to take on the first place Phillies. These teams haven't met each other since last year's NLCS, as it should prove to be a dogfight over the next three days. For more on the Giants head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Scores: Pablo Homers, Timmy Dominates, Giants Win 4-1

It was a great night to be a fan of the San Francisco Giants as the team welcomed Carlos Beltran to the team, along with the return of Tim Lincecum from a stomach illness. And through a steady drizzle throughout the evening Timmy was in great form, the offense was clicking, and the Giants topped the Phillies 4-1 at Citizen's Bank Park.

Lincecum (W 9-8) threw six innings of scoreless ball against the Phils tonight, allowing only three hits while walking four and striking out six.  Only 61 of Timmy's 101 pitches tonight were for strikes, but pitched his way out of his messes every time he got into one. 

Pablo Sandoval launched an opposite field homer in the second, his 10th of the year, to start the Giants off right. Nate Schierholtz followed suit with an RBI double in the fourth, then a throwing error from Michael Martinez plated Schierholtz and Chris Stewart in the seventh to give the Giants a 4-0 lead. 

Chase Utley struck back in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double to left field to get Philadelphia on the board, but it was too little too late for the Phils as the Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson shut them down for the last four outs with Wilson earning his MLB leading 33rd save of the season. 

Carlos Beltran went 0-4 in his Giants debut with two strikeouts, Aubrey Huff was 1-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored, while Chris Stewart went 1-4 with a run scored.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (L 5-5) took the loss tonight after six and 1/3 innings of work, allowing six hits and four runs along with three walks and four strikeouts. With the loss it marks the first two game losing streak for Philadelphia since June 3-4 against the Pirates.

With the win the Giants move to 61-44 on the year. Full box score can be found here

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Giants vs. Phillies, Starting Lineup: Carlos Beltran Bats Third, Brandon Belt Somewhere Else

Carlos Beltran is ready to make his San Francisco debut in Philadelphia.  The Giants now have one of the most stacked lineups in baseball at one position!

Changes with regards to yesterday: Andres Torres takes over for the radiant Aaron Rowant as lead-off hitter. Brandon Crawford is back in for Mike Fontenot, Jeff Keppinger moves up to Fontenot's spot in the two-hole. Chris Stewart takes over to catch in place of Eli Whiteside.

No changes in the Phillies lineup except the pitcher. What a dull team.

Reports are unconfirmed whether Brandon Belt has been frozen in a meat locker on Russian Hill so he can be shipped safely back to Fresno before marauding bands of Giants fans kidnap him and demand that he hit for Aubrey Huff for every bat for the rest of his life.

  1. Andres Torres CF
  2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
  3. Carlos Beltran RF
  4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  5. Aubrey Huff 1B
  6. Nate Schierholtz LF
  7. Brandon Crawford SS
  8. Chris Stewart C
  9. Tim Lincecum P

The Phillies do this.

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Michael Martinez 3B
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Shane Victorino CF
  6. Raul Ibanez LF
  7. Domonic Brown RF
  8. Carlos Ruiz C
  9. Kyle Kendrick P

First pitch is set for 4:05 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, KNBR 680 AM, and Brandon Belt's ham radio.

Check out more about the Giants at McCovey Chronicles and the Phillies at The Good Phight.

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Schedule Preview: Tim Lincecum Returns, Carlos Beltran Debuts for Giants

It's a big day for San Francisco Giants fans as newly acquired slugger Carlos Beltran will be making his debut in the Black and Orange Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, while an ailing Tim Lincecum will return to the mound tonight after missing his start on Tuesday due to a stomach illness.

Lincecum (8-8 2.90 ERA) is coming off a hard to swallow loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week as he was out-dueled by Clayton Kershaw, even as Timmy threw seven innings of one run ball on five hits with seven strikeouts. Even though he says he is back to full strength it will be interesting to see how he fares in muggy Philadelphia in front of a frantic crowd at Citizen's Bank Park. 

Timmy will go up against Kyle Kendrick (5-4 3.45 ERA) for the Phillies, who is coming off a no decision against the San Diego Padres when he lasted five and 2/3 innings along with six hits, three runs, and one strikeout in a 8-6 Philly win. 

As for Beltran, he will likely be batting third tonight for the Giants, starting in right field. Beltran is batting .323 in July with nine doubles, three homers and 12 RBI thus far. Hopefully he can keep his stroke going with San Francisco tonight and for the rest of the season. 

First pitch is set for 4:05 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM. 

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San Francisco Giants, Roster Moves: Giants Release Pat Burrell, Option Brandon Belt to Fresno

The San Francisco Giants have to clean some house before they can welcome Carlos Beltran to their squad, leading the team to release veteran outfielder Pat Burrell and option rookie Brandon Belt back to Fresno (again) per a team source. 

Beltran, whose acquisition for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is still officially pending, needs to be put on the Giants 40-man roster before he can be put on the active 25-man roster, meaning the team needs to open two roster spots. The team must activate Burrell from the DL before waiving him, giving them room to put Beltran in his place. The Giants will then send Brandon Belt back Fresno to move Beltran onto the active roster. 

Belt told CSN's Mychael Urban that going back to Fresno was "the first thing that popped into my mind" when he heard Beltran was joining the team, even as the team holds on to guys like Emmanuel Burriss who isn't much more than a glorified pinch runner and Mark DeRosa who may or may not contribute to the Giants this season. I don't think yo-yoing Belt back-and-forth between triple-A and The Show is a great idea, but that's neither here nor there; I don't manage the defending World Champions.

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Scores: Giants Sneak Past Phils 2-1 Behind Dominant Cain

Even with the news of Carlos Beltran's addition to the defending champs, the San Francisco Giants had to focus on the task at hand, the first place Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park. As advertised, it was a pitcher's duel between Matt Cain and Cole Hamels, although Cain would ultimately get the last laugh as the Giants edged the Phils by a score of 2-1.

Cain (W 9-6) pitch seven strong innings for the Black and Orange this evening, allowing only one run (none earned) on four hits along with one walk and only one strikeout. Cain gave up a lot of contact tonight, especially fly balls, but they all stayed in the yard and was backed by good defense aside from two errors from catcher Eli Whiteside

But in Whitey's defense, he did go 1-3 with a run scored, one of only six hits the Giants offense could muster against Hamels tonight. Aaron Rowand kept his bat going at Citizen's Bank, backing his homer on Tuesday up with an RBI triple down the right field line in the third, while Nate Schierholtz's double in the seventh plated Jeff Keppinger to get the Giants the deciding run in the game. Brian Wilson had himself another 1-2-3 save in the ninth, his 32nd save of the season.

As for Hamels (L 12-6), he took a very hard luck loss this evening after allowing two runs on six hits with only one walk and six punch outs in seven and 2/3 innings of work. Brad Lidge made an appearance tonight as well, striking out Cody Ross for the last out in the top of the eighth. 

With the win the Giants move to 60-44 on the year. Full box score can be found here

The Giants will send out Ryan Vogelsong (8-1 2.10 ERA) on Thursday as Tim Lincecum is still not back to full strength after the stomach flu, and will face Kyle Kendrick (5-4 3.45 ERA) for the Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Phillies, Starting Lineup: Carlos Beltran Starting for Giants (Psych!)

With all of Major League Baseball abuzz with the news that Carlos Beltran is all but wearing a jersey already for the San Francisco Giants, I had to throw a little joke in there about it. In a few days he most likely will be though as it takes 24 hours for him to OK a agreed to deal between the Mets and G-Men.

As for the lineup tonight, Aaron Rowand will start in center for the Black and Orange playing center field, along with Cody Ross in left and Nate Schierholtz in right. Aubrey Huff will bat cleanup again, Jeff Keppinger will be at second, while Mike Fontenot will be behind the dish to catch Cain.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Aaron Rowand CF
2. Mike Fontenot SS
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Jeff Keppinger 2B
6. Cody Ross LF
7. Nate Schierholtz RF
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Matt Cain P

Philadelphia Phillies Lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Michael Martinez 3B
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Shane Victorino CF
6. Raul Ibanez LF
7. Domonic Brown RF
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. Cole Hamels P

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

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Schedule Preview: Matt Cain Moved Up To Face Cole Hamels In Lieu Of Ill Lincecum

The San Francisco Giants will have to swap All-Star for All-Star in their rotation on Wednesday as two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum will need another day to recuperate from the the stomach flu, forcing Matt Cain to move up a day in the rotation at Citizen's Bank Park. Cain will oppose the Phillies Cole Hamels in what undoubtedly will be a pitcher's duel between the NL West and NL East leaders. 

Cain (8-6 3.06 ERA) will be pitching on regular rest due to the off day on Monday, and is coming off a loss against the Brewers in which he gave up four runs on eight hits in his six innings of work. Cain shut down the Phils in llast year's NLCS, and hopefully can have a repeat performance against the Phils today. 

As for Hamels, (12-5 2.62 ERA) his terrific regular season continues to roll on after he made it seven innings long in seven of his last 10 starts, and has given up more than two earned runs in nine of his last 10 starts. The left-hander has a 4-2 record and a 4.67 ERA in eight career starts against San Francisco. Hamels hasn't had an ERA over 4.00 in any month this season, and is 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA thus far in July. 

Pablo Sandoval dipped under .300 BA for the first time since July 3 after his 0-3 night on Tuesday. Pablo is a .313 career hitter after the All-Star break, so hopefully he can get hot once again. The Giants are 20-10 since June 22, while Philly has 41 quality starts in their 54 home games this year, posting a 33-8 record in those games. 

First pitch is set for 4:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Scores: Phillies Pound Giants with 4 HR, Win 7-2

With the San Francisco Giants dealt a curve ball before game time with ace Tim Lincecum missing his start due to the stomach flu, the team turned to Barry Zito to keep the Philadelphia Phillies at bay. And after a rough first inning Zito never get truly settled into the game as the Phils launched four homers on the night, leading to an eventual 7-2 victory at Citizen's Bank Park. 

Zito's (L 3-3) tough night was kicked off with a three run jack by Raul Ibanez in the first, followed by another jack in the fourth by John Mayberry. Chase Utely hit an inside the park homer off of him in the sixth, capping off Zito's seven inning outing with six earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Ryan Howard would take Guillermo Mota deep in the eighth just to add insult to injury, marking the fourth homer of the night for the Phillies, maybe a little payback for their NLCS loss last October. 

The Giants got off to a good start offensively as a Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly scored Andres Torres after his leadoff double. Aaron Rowand pinch hit in the eighth, and launched his fourth home run of the year to left field, but aside from that the offense was stuck at square one.

As for the Phillies Vance Worley (W 7-1) he earned his first complete game of his career against the defending champs, allowing only two earned runs on three hits along with one walk and four punch outs. 

With the loss the Giants move to 59-44 on the year. Full box score can be found here

The Giants will send out Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum tomorrow depending on the status of Timmy's health, and will square off with the Phils' Cole Hamels. First pitch is set for 4:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Phillies News: Tim Lincecum Scratched For Tuesday's Start With the Flu

Only a few hours before game time at Citizen’s Bank Park the San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum will unfortunately be scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday do to a serious case of the stomach flu.

Apparently something he ate did not settle right with him, causing him to feel ill last night. Timmy had tried to fight through it and make his start anyway, but both him and the team felt it best for him to get his necessary rest and skip his start. Lincecum will be replaced with Wednesday’s starter Barry Zito in the rotation, with Timmy’s return still yet to be determined. Zito will get a chance to redeem himself from his horrible start in San Diego two weeks ago where he allowed eight earned runs in only three and 2/3 innings.

If he is healthy enough on Wednesday he will start in Zito's orignal spot, but if he isn't Matt Cain will also get pushed up a day and Timmy will pitch the finale of the series.

In other team news bench coach Ron Wotus will serve a one game suspension tonight stemming from his ejection on Saturday after arguing ball and strikes with home plate umpire against the Brewers.

For more on the Giants head to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Phillies, Starting Lineups: Timmy Looking for Bounce Back Win In Philly

The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies meet for the first time since last year’s NLCS, and with both teams hanging on to first place in the respective divisions it’s a must win series anyway you look at it.

The Giants will send out TIm Lincecum (8-8) who is coming off a hard-luck loss against the Dodgers a few days ago where he allowed only one run in seven innings of work along with seven strikeouts and an uncharacteristic four walks. He’ll be in the hostile Citizen’s Bank Park this time, but can use his postseason success he had there to hopefully boost his confidence today.

As for the lineup the Giants will use basically the same group as they did on Sunday with Jeff Keppinger at second, Mike Fontenot at short, and Pablo Sandoval and Aubrey Huff at the corners. Torres, Schierholtz and Ross will make up the outfield, while Eli Whiteside will be behind the dish to catch Lincecum.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Cody Ross LF
7. Mike Fontenot SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Tim Lincecum P

Philadelphia Phillies Lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Michael Martinez 3B
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Shane Victorino CF
6. Raul Ibanez LF
7. Domonic Brown RF
8. Brian Schneider C
9. Vance Worley P

First pitch is set for 4:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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MLB Standings Update: Giants Keep Cushion Over Persistent Diamondbacks

With every passing game the season draws closer to a close, meaning the San Francisco Giants move one step closer to defending their World Championship in the postseason. The Arizona Diamondbacks refuse to quit though, keeping themselves within arm's length of the Giants as they try to push forward towards making the postseason for the first time since 2007. 

The Giants four game lead over Arizona is enough to keep them in first if they begin to slip, but can only keep them afloat for so long as the D'Backs offense lead by Justin Upton and Chris Young continue to pump out runs, and their improved pitching has kept them well above .500. But it seems every time the Giants lose so do the Diamondbacks and vice versa, which bodes well for the G-Men remaining in first for a while longer. 

As for Colorado, Los Angeles, and San Diego, their seasons are all but over already. Colorado is the closest of the three, 11.5 games out of first place and seven games under .500. The Dodgers and Padres are most definitely lost causes, a shame considering the success San Diego had last season and the MVP caliber season that Matt Kemp has been putting up in L.A. 

If the Giants can keep finding ways to win series than they should be alright down the line, but keep you eye on Arizona because that can spring into the lead quicker than you would think. 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 59 43 .578 0 Won 2
Arizona 55 47 .539 4 Won 2
Colorado 48 55 .466 11.5 Lost 3
Los Angeles 46 56 .450 13 Won 3
San Diego 45 58 .436 14.5 Won 1

(updated 7.26.2011 at 12:08 PM PDT)



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Giants vs. Phillies, Series Preview: First Place Giants Head to Citizen's Bank Park for NLCS Rematch

Last time that the San Francisco Giants played the Philadelphia Phillies there was an October chill in the air with the stakes at an all time high as the Giants would eventually prevail in the NLCS. But with a chip on their shoulder and the addition of Cliff Lee the Phils have come back stronger than ever, looking for some redemption in the city of Brotherly Love against the defending champions. 

Luckily for the Giants they will dodge two of the Phillies Cy Young caliber starters in Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee during this three game set, instead having to deal withe the likes of Vance Worley, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick. Hamels has stepped his game up to another level in 2011, keeping up with Philly's other two aces and then some. The native San Diegan is sporting a 12-5 record along with a 2.65 ERA this year, and hasn't given up more than two earned runs in nine of his last 10 starts.  But maybe the most dangerous pitcher Philadelphia has right now is Vance Worley, who has been brilliant since his addition to the rotation. The Sacramento native is 6-1 with a 2.02 ERA so far in 2011, and has allowed four earned runs total since May 29. 

The Giants will roll out the top of their rotation with Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, and Matt Cain in that order. The true story of these three is Zito, who is trying to battle back after his terrible start in San Diego two weeks ago ( 8 ER in 3 2/3 innings) forced the team to skip his next start in the rotation. How will Zito fare in a hostile environment of Citizen's Bank Park? Can he ever show the form that won him a Cy Young Award all those years back? We'll get a chance to see if he can redeem himself on Wednesday.

All three games are at 4:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 


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3 game series vs Phillies @ Citizens Bank Park

San Francisco Giants
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011, 4:05 PM PDT
Citizens Bank Park

Tim Lincecum vs Vance Worley

Clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

 

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Wed 07/27 Barry Zito vs. Cole Hamels 4:05 PM PDT
Thu 07/28 Matt Cain vs. Kyle Kendrick 4:05 PM PDT
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