Giants vs. Padres: Carlos Beltran, Tim Lincecum Lead Giants to 2-1 Victory

The San Francisco Giants are in some serious need of some home cooking, finally heading back to AT&T for a season-long 12 game home stand. They begin with their rival San Diego Padres for a two game set, looking to regain the lead in the NL West. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Scores: Beltran's Bomb, Lincecum's Dominance Lift Giants 2-1

It was a foggy Wednesday evening at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants were looking to split their two game series with the San Diego Padres. Carlos Beltran returned to the starting lineup, and despite not being 100% still managed to hit his first homer as a Giant, backing Tim Lincecum's brilliant performance as the Giants took the victory 2-1. 

Lincecum (W 12-10) was a bulldog on the mound tonight, throwing 124 pitches in his eight innings of work tonight, holding the Pads to only one run on four hits, while walking five and fanning seven. Timmy wasn't getting many first pitch strikes (11/31) and worked himself into many a hitter's count, but managed to work his way out of all of them aside from a Orlando Hudson triple in the sixth. 

Beltran silenced some critics after blasting his first long bomb ever at AT&T Park, his 16th of the year to get the Giants on the board. He immediately went back and put a heating pad on his wrist, and said after the game that he is not 100%. He still finished 2-4. Brandon Belt hit his first major league triple in the fifth, later scoring on a Tim Lincecum RBI single. The 'Belt brothers' were the only Giants with multiple hits tonight.

Santiago Casilla was dominant in the ninth, fanning two on his way to his fist save of 2011, while Tim Stauffer (L 8-10) was solid in his six innings tonight, holding the Giants to just the two runs on six hits along with one strikeout. 

With the win the Giants move to 69-61 on the year. Full box score can be found here

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Giants vs. Padres, Starting Lineups: Carlos Beltran Returns to Lineup, Batting Third

The San Francisco Giants are in some serious need of a W. But with Tim Lincecum on the bump and Carlos Beltran back in the lineup that may just be what the doctor ordered for the Black and Orange tonight against the San Diego Padres.

Orlando Cabrera will bat leadoff today with Jeff Keppinger right behind him, while Pablo Sandoval moves to cleanup. Cody Ross and Brandon Belt will join Beltran in the outfield with Belt moving over to left field, and Chris Stewart will be Timmy’s backstop tonight.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Orlando Cabrera SS
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Aubrey Huff 1B
6. Cody Ross CF
7. Brandon Belt LF
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Tim Lincecum P

San Diego Padres Lineup:

1. Will Venable RF
2. Jason Bartlett SS
3. Cameron Maybin CF
4. Jesus Guzman 1B
5. Orlando Hudson 2B
6. Kyle Blanks LF
7. Nick Hundley C
8. Logan Forsythe 3B
9. Tim Stauffer P

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

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

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Heath Bell Would Accept Arbitration in San Diego

The San Francisco Giants claimed San Diego Padres closer off of waivers on Wednesday, but the All-Star closer isn’t exactly ready to leave sunny SD. Bell told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that he would accept arbitration from the Padres if the two teams can’t come up with a deal by Friday to send him to San Francisco.

“There is no downside to me accepting arbitration and the family staying in San Diego for at least another year. My kids love it here. My family is happy here.

As a type A free agent, Bell would at least illicit two compensatory draft picks from the Giants to move the All-Star closer, something the Padres would be foolish to do unless they were getting top level talent in return. It’s going to be an interesting couple of days to see how the Giants may or may not make a move to acquire him.

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Giants vs. Padres Preview: Tim Lincecum Looking For Series Split

After a bit of a heartbreaker at the hands of the San Diego Padres Tuesday night the San Francisco Giants are looking to regroup behind Tim Lincecum and earn a series split during the short two game set. 

Lincecum (11-10 2.53 ERA) is coming off of another great outing last week against the Braves, seven innings of one run ball on only five hits. Unfortunately, those numbers also equated to a loss as the Giants offense left Lincecum out to dry for the ninth time of the year. Timmy is 7-4 with a 2.16 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 16 career outings against the Padres. 

As for the Padres Tim Stauffer (8-9 3.43 ERA), he's coming off of a win against the Marlins in which he allowed the same line as Timmy, one run on five hits in seven innings, but fortunately had an offense that supported him for a 3-1 victory. 

Carlos Beltran will likely be back in the lineup tonight, hopefully giving the offense a boost, while Nate Schierholtz will try to play though a fracture in his foot. Jonathan Sanchez was place on the DL retroactive to August 17, while Pat Burrell will begin a minor league rehab assignment to work on his foot. The injury woes never stop. 

The Giants have used the disabled list 23 times this season for 19 players. The 23 transactions are the second most of any team in the Majors this season, trailing the Dodgers' 24 trips to the DL. The Giants sent 13 players to the disabled list for 15 stints in 2010. They also were 6.5 games back of the Padres at this point last season, while they are only 2 games behind the D'backs this year.

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

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San Francisco Giants Claim Heath Bell On Waivers

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted the bombshell news that the San Francisco Giants have claimed the San Diego Padres' All-Star closer Heath Bell on waivers.

As expected, Giants are the team that was awarded the claim on Bell. Whether the Giants/SD can make a deal could depend on Wilson concernless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Both sides will still have to agree upon a deal that would give the Giants two All-Star closers, and the Padres would be foolish not to ask for anything under the sun from the Giants. And with these teams currently playing each other up at AT&T Park, it makes the move even more interesting because theoretically Bell could simply walk from one clubhouse to another, but that likely won't happen. 

With the health status of both Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson up in the air, the addition of Bell would be huge. But once again, the team's have to make a deal before anything would happen. 

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Giants vs. Padres, MLB Scores: Giants Rally Late, Fall Short of Victory 7-5

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Alberto Gonzalez and Will Venable both hit RBI singles in the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres over the San Francisco Giants, 7-5, in the opener of a quick two-game series.

The Giants sent Ramon Ramirez (2-2) to the mound in the ninth after scoring three runs in the eighth to tie the game. Nick Hundley led off with a double down the left-field line, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored the go-ahead run on Gonzalez’s base hit up the middle. Gonzalez advanced to second on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Venable’s single to right to account for the final margin.

Mat Latos gave up two runs — one earned — on three hits in a six-inning start for the Padres, who have won a season-high five straight games. Erik Hamren (1-0) recorded the final out in the eighth to pick up his first victory in the majors. Heath Bell got his 35th save.

“For us to go out there and win this game, especially the way we did it builds a lot of character with these guys,” Bell said.

Cody Ross, Hector Sanchez and Orlando Cabrera each drove in a run for the Giants, who sit two games back of Arizona in the NL West. The Diamondbacks beat the Nationals on Tuesday.

Matt Cain allowed five runs — three earned — on six hits over seven innings for San Francisco, which has lost six of eight.

“We couldn’t quite finish the deal there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “But we had some big hits late.”

San Diego scored four runs over the first three innings to jump out to an early lead. Jason Bartlett got things going in the first inning with a one-out double to right. Bartlett moved to third on Cameron Maybin’s groundout and crossed the plate on Jesus Guzman’s base hit to left.

The Padres tacked on two runs in the second. Orlando Hudson reached first on Cain’s fielding error and crossed the plate on Kyle Blanks’ homer to left.

The away team added another run in the third to make it 4-0. Venable led off with a double, advanced to third on Bartlett’s groundout and scored on Maybin’s single to left.

Latos started to get wild in the fourth. With two outs, Latos walked three straight batters to load the bases, but Aaron Rowand grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

The Giants’ first hit of the game came in the fifth. Chris Stewart led off the frame with a bloop single to center. Stewart moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was stranded there.

A defensive error allowed San Francisco to score a pair of runs in the sixth. Pablo Sandoval led off with a single and moved to third on Aubrey Huff’s double off the bricks in right. Brandon Belt then hit a routine grounder to first baseman Guzman, who decided to throw home instead of stepping on first base. His errant throw allowed two runs to score. Latos retired the next three batters to keep it a 4-2 contest.

A pair of errors by the Giants in the seventh allowed the Padres to score a run. Hudson led off with single, stole second and moved to third on Stewart’s throwing error. Hundley followed with a grounder to second baseman Jeff Keppinger, whose bad throw home allowed Hudson to score.

San Francisco came back with three runs in the eighth to tie the game. Josh Spence gave up a one-out single to Belt before handing the ball over to Luke Gregerson. Ross greeted him with an RBI double over Maybin’s head in center. Rowand reached first on third baseman Logan Forsythe’s error to put men on the corners. Pinch-hitter Sanchez followed with is first hit in the big leagues — an RBI single to right-center field. Cabrera’s run-scoring single to left made it a 5-5 game. Joe Thatcher and Hamren combined to record the final two outs of the inning.

Game Notes

San Francisco is 6-5 against the Padres this season and took three of four meetings from July 14-17 at Petco Park. The Padres went 12-6 in the 2010 season series…The Padres started an eight-game road trip, while the Giants got a 12-game homestand underway…San Francisco activated right fielder Carlos Beltran from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Beltran came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and popped out. In a corresponding move, the Giants placed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez on the 15- day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

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Carlos Beltran Activated But Won’t Play Tonight: Smart Move By Giants?

The San Francisco Giants have activated Carlos Beltran. The 34-year-old, who has been out for 16 days, took some batting practice from both sides of the plate today but won't play in Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres.

Manager Bruce Bochy wants to be cautious about Beltran's return, opting to have the All-Star outfielder sit out Tuesday. But is this a wise move for the Giants? The team surely doesn't want to risk further injury to Beltran, who was only recently acquired from the New York Mets before the injury.

The Giants, however, could definitely use his presence right now. The team needs to turn things around, having won only 6 of its last 17 games. What better way to do that than to bring Beltran? In addition, the Giants are closer than they have been in awhile to climbing atop the NL West despite their recent poor play thanks to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have followed up a seven-game winning streak (which had the Giants four-and-a-half games back at one point) with a six-game losing streak, leaving the door wide open for the Giants. San Francisco is only one game in the NL West and could pull ahead if they get hot soon.

The team is wise to be cautious with Beltran. However, they need to recognize that the Diamondbacks are struggling and take advantage. Beltran needs to get back out on the field as soon as possible in order to give the Giants' their best chance in this divisional race. 

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Giants vs. Padres, Starting Lineups: Beltran Activated, Not In Lineup Tonight For Giants

Well Giants fans, your team has returned home at a crucial point in their season, looking to regain a grip upon first place in the NL West. But first, they must defeat the San Diego Padres, a team that always seems to play well at AT&T.

Carlos Beltran was activated from the DL Tuesday after taking batting practice from both sides of the plate pain-free. He will not be in the lineup though, but may be available off the bench. Nate Schierholtz will sit tonight with his ongoing sore foot he is playing through, keeping both Brandon Belt and Aaron Rowand in the outfield tonight.

On the pitching front, Sergio Romo did some throwing but is still uncertain about his timetable for return, while Jonathan Sanchez is doubtful for his next start and may hit the DL. Brian WIlson has done no throwing yet, while Eli Whiteside is looking at a Thursday return from his stint on the DL.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Mike Fontenot SS
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Brandon Belt LF
6. Cody Ross RF
7. Aaron Rowand CF
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Matt Cain P

San Diego Padres Lineup:

1. Will Venable RF
2. Jason Bartlett SS
3. Cameron Maybin CF
4. Jesus Guzman 1B
5. Orlando Hudson 2B
6. Kyle Blanks LF
7. Nick Hundley C
8. Logan Forsythe 3B
9. Mat Latos P

First pitch is at 7:15 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Padres Preview, Matt Cain Looking For Run Support at AT&T

As losers of their four last series in a row the San Francisco Giants are understandably glad to finally be home. Their regualr season is winding down, meaning lots and lots of intra-divisional matches before the end of September, starting Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres and AT&T Park. 

The Black and Orange will send out Matt Cain (10-9 2.86 ERA) for the series opener, looking to build on his eight innings of one run ball he threw last time out down in Atlanta. Cain has gone  2-4 since the All-Star break, despite a 2.31 ERA in seven starts over that span. His lack of support from the offense has been similar to just about every starter the Giants have; pitching well and taking hard luck losses due to no offense. Hopefully that won't be the case this evening. 

The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (6-12 3.83 ERA) who has struggled with his consistency all season long. He is coming off a loss against the New York Mets after giving up three runs in six innings he was yanked by Bud Black, walking two and fanning six along the way. The Pads have won just three of Latos' last 10 outings, while Mat is only 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 11 road starts this season. San Diego is 19-18 since the All-Star break after going 40-52 to start the season, but haven't helped Latos out much at all. 

San Francisco and San Diego will play each other six more times after this series ends Thursday, so get used to seeing these teams play each other. 

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

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Giants vs. Padres, Series Preview: Two-Game Set Could Move Giants to First Place

The San Francisco Giants are in some serious need of some home cooking, finally heading back to AT&T for a season-long 12 game home stand. They begin with their rival San Diego Padres for a two game set, looking to regain the lead in the NL West. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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