Giants vs. Mets: Pablo Extends Streak, Schierholtz Shines, Giants Win 4-2

The San Francisco Giants salvaged the series against the Padres and got the split, and will now host the New York Mets for three games. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are looking to get back into the win column, while Ryan Vogelsong is looking to continue his surprisingly stellar play. For more on the series or the team in general, head on over to McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's Giants blog.

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Giants vs. Mets, MLB Scores: Pablo Extends Streak, Schierholtz Shines, Giants Win 4-2

Heading into the All-Star break the San Francisco Giants were looking to finish on a high note against the New York Mets. Once again the boys in black and orange didn't disappoint their sold out home crowd, beating the Mets by a score of 4-2 on the shores of McCovey Cove. 

All-Star Matt Cain (W 8-5) had some shaky command, but show some grit by grinding out six full innings of scoreless ball, allowing only five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. With the start Cain eliminated his chances of pitching in the All-Star game, but definitely unloaded the cannon with 118 pitches on the night. 

Pablo Sandoval extended his hit streak to 21 straight games with an RBI double in the third, now only 4 four of Giants legend Jack Clark's record of 25. Nate Schierholtz continued his nice streak of hitting tonight, going 4-4 with an RBI and a double. The Giants well rounded offensive attack continued with RBI's from Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand. Mike Fontenot also showed some great form in his return from the DL at the plate as well as in the field, going 3-5 on the night with a double and a run scored.

Brian Wilson was brilliant coming off his recent struggles, striking out the side while stranding a runner on second base, including fanning Carlos Beltran to end the game. It was his 26th save of the year.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (L 5-8) gave up eight hits and two earned his his six innings of work, fanning five while walking two. 

With the win the Giants head into the break with a 52-40 record, including a two-game win streak and a three game lead over the Diamondbacks in the NL West. Full box score can be found here

For more on the Giants head over to McCovey Chronicles. 


Giants vs. Mets, Starting Lineups: Mike Fontenot Returns, Starts at Second Base

After about a month or so of rest and rehabilitation to his strained groin San Francisco Giants infielder Mike Fontenot will finally be back with the club for Suday’s matchup with the New York Mets.

Fontenot went down the same night that Buster Posey did in the beginning of June and suffered a few setbacks during his rehab process, leaving him with triple-A Fresno for quite a few games. But, he’s finally back at full strength and returns at a time when the Giants need a solid middle infielder with Bill Hall on the DL with a gash in his shin, and Miguel Tejada playing second for the first time ever (although he’s been filling in admirably).

As for the rest of the lineup, All-Star Pablo Sandoval will play first base, moving Miguel Tejada over to third. Brandon Crawford will be at shortstop, Nate Schierholtz will be in right field and bat cleanup, while Eli Whiteside will be behind the dish to catch Matt Cain.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Mike Fontenot 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 1B
4. Nate Schierholtz RF
5. Miguel Tejada 3B
6. Aaron Rowand LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Matt Cain P

New York Mets:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Justin Turner (2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Daniel Murphy 3B
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Lucas Duda 1B
7. Ronny Paulino C
8. Ruben Tejada SS
9. Mike Pelfrey P

First pitch is set for 5:05 with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head on over to McCovey Chronicles


Giants vs. Mets: Tim Lincecum Gets Back To .500 With Victory

The San Francisco Giants evened up their three game series with the New York Mets, defeating the Metropolitans 3-1 Saturday evening at AT&T Park. Tim Lincecum was not dominant but he had little trouble with the Mets lineup while the Giants lineup grabbed enough runs in the first inning to hold up the victory.

The Mets grabbed the early lead with a pair of doubles in the first inning to go up 1-0. However, the Giants responded by getting to Chris Capuano right away. Aaron Rowand led off the inning with a single, Pablo Sandoval doubled, and Pat Burrell walked, which loaded the bases. Nate Schierholtz then reached on an infield single that scored Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff knocked in a run by grounding out to the right side of the infield, giving the A’s a 2-1 lead. The Giants would add a third run on a Pablo Sandoval ground out. Sandoval extended his current hitting streak to 20 games with a pair of hits.

After giving up the first inning run, Tim Linecum settled down and went six innings to get the victory. He gave up four hits and four walks while striking out six. The Giants bullpen stepped up to lock down the final three innings and secure Lincecum’s seventh win. Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo closed out the ninth inning as Brian Wilson was unavailable following three straight days of work.


Giants vs. Mets MLB Schedule Preview: Tim Lincecum Tries To Break Chris Capuano's Streak

That wasn't the way the Giants were hoping to start off this series, to say the least. Ryan Vogelsong had a decent outing, and then everything went to hell. Brian Wilson gave up a homerun and after that, the Giants were done. Wilson was handed the loss, and the Giants are down 0-1 in the series. We knew that the Mets wouldn't be an easy victory with their strong play of late, but it was particularly disheartening, regardless.

Over the next two games, the Giants can do something extremely important, however: get Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain back in the win column. Cain suffered a loss in his last outing, while Lincecum is 1-3 in his last seven games, struggling to keep consistent levels of pitching throughout them. Sure, the run support hasn't been there, but Lincecum has been the guy that doesn't always need it. Now he does.

In game one, Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer, while Carlos Beltran and Nick Evans had one-run singles in the final frame. It was Scott Hairston who hit the home run off of Wilson in the ninth. These are all guys that will threaten Lincecum and force the Giants into getting their ace some run support, providing New York stays "on" in regard to their bats. Lincecum's last outing was a three-run affair over five innings in a loss to the San Diego Padres.

Chris Capuano is taking the mound for the Mets, and his recent three-game winning streak is only slightly more impressive than the fact that he's won five of his last six. He's doing great lately, and the Giants will be going against as confident a pitcher as ever. Or perhaps they won't be, considering Capuano's 1-4 record and 5.31 earned run average against the Giants, including an 0-3 mark at AT&T Park. If you believe in the validity of that kind of stuff, then you probably think the Giants are in a pretty good position.

We'll see if Capuano believes in that kind of stuff.


Giants vs. Mets, MLB Scores: Brian Wilson Earns Second Loss of Season, Mets Win 5-2

The San Francisco Giants were coming in hot after their last two wins over their rival San Diego Padres, but it was a different story Friday night against the New York Mets. Brian Wilson and the usually stellar bullpen allowed the Mets to score three times in the top of the ninth, eventually leading to a Giants loss by a score of 5-2 at AT&T Park. 

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong didn't have the sharpness he's had since joining the G-Men, lasting for seven innings while allowing two runs on seven hits, with five walks and only two strikeouts. The two runs came from an Angel Pagan homer in the fifth, but aside from that Vogey managed to pitch his way out of his jams. 

Brian Wilson (L 6-2) gave up a home run to for Oakland A Scott Hariston in the ninth, giving the Mets the lead 3-2. Carlos Beltran and Nick Evans added a pair of RBI singles off of Jeremy Affledt, leading to the eventual 5-2 final score. 

Nate Schierholtz was the offense tonight for San Francisco, starting the game off with a sacrifice fly in fourth, followed by a solo shot in the sixth, his seventh of the season. Pablo Sandoval's double in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games now, finishing the night 1-4. No Giants had more than one hit all night and went 0-6 with runners in scoring positon as a team.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey lasted seven full innings with his knuckleball, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Pedro Beato earned his second win of the year, while Francisco Rodriguez earned his 23rd save of the year with his perfect ninth inning.

With the loss the Giants move to 50-40 on the year. Full box score can be found here


Giants vs. Mets Preview: Ryan Vogelsong Out to Continue All-Star Form Against Mets

San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has become one of the best stories in all of baseball this season, and will take the mound Friday in his last start before his first All-Star game against the New York Mets at AT&T Park.

Vogelsong (6-1 2.13 ERA) got a no decision in a loss to Detroit last week, but has been almost untouchable at AT&T, sporting a 3-1 record there with a 1.01 ERA and a 9 to 30 BB/K ratio. But regardless the situation the man keeps his composure, a large factor as to why he's been so solid thus far and a newly found mainstay in the Giants rotation.

The Mets will send out knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-7 3.68 ERA) who will be looking for some revenge from his last start against San Francisco. The G-Men roughed him up for six runs in six innings back in the beginning of May at Citi Field. He left his last start early due to tightness in his glute, but is ready to go Firday night.

The Mets will also be without the services of Jose Reyes once again, a player that might be in the crosshairs of GM Brian Sabean at the trade deadline.

On a side note, the Giants won their 50th game Thursday night, only the sixth Giants team since 1990 to record 50 or more wins before the All-Star break. The last time a San Francisco team had 50 or more wins at the break was 2002 when they went 57-37 before the break, and all the way to the World Series.

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


MLB Standings Update: Giants Keep Two Game Lead Over Pesky Diamondbacks in NL West

As we approach the Midsummer Classic and the unofficial half way point in the season, the San Francisco Giants keep finding ways to win as they maintain a two game lead in the NL West over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D'backs seemingly refuse to be ignored as they remain well above .500 and only one good series if the G-Men are struggling from taking the top spot from them. 

The rest of the division is a battle of attrition between the Rockies, Padres and Dodgers, all well below .500 and struggling to keep treading water. Colorado is a game and a half ahead of San Diego, even though the Rockies are losers of their last five. the Padres took the first two of four from the Giants at AT&T, but left town where they started after losing the last two, staying 10 games behind. 

And for the Dodgers, well, let's just say it's been a bad season down in Tinsel Town. They did win Thursday night against the Mets, which is a start.  


NL West Standings

San Francisco 50 39 .561 0 Won 2
Arizona 48 41 .539 2 Won 1
Colorado 41 47 .465 8.5 Lost 5
San Diego 40 49 .449 10 Lost 2
Los Angeles 38 51 .426 12 Won 1

(updated 7.8.2011 at 10:42 AM PDT)

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


Giants vs. Mets MLB Schedule Preview: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain Looking To Get Back On Track

The Giants found themselves in a tight spot down two-games to none in a four-game set against the Padres. They'd just dropped started from both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, but Madison Bumgarner and Barry Zito got the job done in the end (or more accurately, Javier Lopez and Zito), earning a series split at home, salvaging what was a somewhat sorry outing in the first two games.

Lincecum and Cain are the top of the order right now, and while there's no immediate worry of either going on a big losing streak, they need to get back into the win column in games two and three. Lincecum is a guy who's found himself on the wrong end of a cold streak, but again, he's the Giants ace for a reason, and any bet on him going out there in game two and pitching a fantastic game is a safe one. Along with Ryan Vogelsong in game one, they'll look to get through this three-game set against the New York Mets at home in a better state than the previous.

The Mets are in a bad place right now. They're ten games back of the division-leading Phillies and yet ... they're still in third place of the NL East. It's clearly a two-man race right now, and anything can happen, but they absolutely have to get it in gear. They've actually done that to some extent, beating the Dodgers in their most recent series three games to one, and they're winners in eight of their last twelve ... so getting it in gear seems apt.

As mentioned, the Giants will be sending Vogelsong, Lincecum and Cain to the mound, they'll meet R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano and Mike Pelfrey.

Current Series

3 game series vs Mets @ AT&T Park

New York Mets
@ San Francisco Giants

Friday, Jul 8, 2011, 7:15 PM PDT
AT&T Park

R.A. Dickey vs Ryan Vogelsong

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.


Complete Coverage >

Sat 07/09 - Chris Capuano vs. Tim Lincecum 6:05 PM PDT
Sun 07/10 - Mike Pelfrey vs. Matt Cain 5:05 PM PDT
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