Giants vs. Phillies: Lincecum, Giants End Phils Winning Streak 3-1

The San Francisco Giants escaped their series with the Diamondbacks with a narrow lead in the NL West, and move right into a four game set with the NL East leading Phillies. The Giants took two of three from the fighting Phils last week at Citizen's Bank Park, but now look to take care of business at AT&T during this four game set. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Scores: Timmy Breaks Phils Streak With 3-1 Victory

After three straight losses the fans at AT&T Park were thirsty for a taste of victory against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday. Luckily they had their ace Tim Lincecum on the mound, and behind some clutch situational hitting from the Giants offense the G-Men stopped Philly’s nine game win streak dead in it’s tracks by the score of 3-1.

Lincecum (W 10-9) was brilliant in his seven and 2/3 innings of work, spraying seven hits with five punch outs, along with only one earned run, a Chase Utley RBI single in the first. Timmy would come out of the game after Utley lost the grip of his bat in the eigth, inadvertently striking Lincecum in the leg. Chase showed some sportsmanship by checking on him before retaking the batter’s box; a nice gesture after the skirmish on Friday.

Jeff Keppinger had one of his best days as a Giant, going 4-4 with an RBI, while Chris Stewart went 2-4 with an RBI single of his own. Orlando Cabrera had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, finishing the day 1-4, while Pablo Sandoval stayed hot, going 2-4 with a double. Carlos Beltran went 1-4, but unfortunately left the game in the eighth after feeling a sharp pain in his wrist. X-rays were said to be negative and is expected to be in the lineup Monday.

Roy Oswalt’s (L 4-7) triumphant return didn’t go how he would have hoped, allowing 12 hits in six innings of work, along with all three of the Giants runs to his credit. Oswalt threw 93 pitches in his first start since being sidelined with a bulging disc in his lower back towards the end of June.

Brian Wilson made a save appearance (finally), allowing one hit in his seven-pitch ninth inning. It was the bearded savior’s 34th save of the season.

With the win the Giants move to 63-52 on the year, Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three game set starting Monday, with Ryan Vogelsong (9-1 2.19 ERA) taking the mound for San Francisco and Charlie Morton (8-6 3.80 ERA) for Pittsburgh. First pitch is set for 7:15 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Phillies, Starting Lineups: Chris Stewart Behind the Dish for Lincecum

The San Francisco Giants are in rarified air right now; on the precipice of being swept at AT&T by the Philadelphia Phillies. In a series that has seen dominant pitching from both sides, a lot of offense from the Philly side, and even a little bit of a brawl, these two have grown to seemingly dislike each other very, very much to put it lightly, hopefully setting up a playoff rematch this season if the Giants can get their game together down the stretch.

Nate Schierhlotz will be back in the lineup today, starting in lieft field and batting seventh, while Aubrey Huff will be at first, batting fifth. Chris Stewart will be the backstop today, catching for Tim Lincecum.

If there was a silve lining of this series it would be Buster Posey walking all by himself again, looking forward to getting back to work.

Your San Francisco Giants:

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

Philadelphia Phillies Lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Raul Ibanez LF
7. Carlos Ruiz C
8. Michael Martinez 3B
9. Roy Oswalt P

First pitch is set for 1:05 pm PT this afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of everything San Francisco Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action and get your voice heard!

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Turn To Lincecum To Avoid Series Sweep

It's been a rough couple of days at the ballpark for the San Francisco Giants, losers of their last three against their newest rivals the Philadelphia Phillies. Now the team turns to ace Tim Lincecum to avoid being swept on the shores of McCovey Cove on Sunday. 

Lincecum (9-9) is coming off a tough loss against the Diamondbacks earlier this week after allowing only two earned runs off three hits in seven innings of work in an eventual 6-1 Arizona win. Timmy squared off with the Phils last week out in Philadelphia, earning the win with six scoreless innings of work; all while being two days removed from a terrible bout of food poisoning that caused him to miss his original start in the rotation. 

Philadelphia will welcome Roy Oswalt (4-6) back into their rotation on Sunday after missing the last month and a half with a bulging disc in his lower back. Oswalt's last appearance was against the Cardinals at the end of June, lasting only two innings after being yanked along with five hits and four earned runs. Oswalt will have the chance to push Philly's winning streak to 10 games this afternoon, who are playing better that just about anyone is baseball right now. The Phillies are batting .293 with 38 extra-base hits, as well as a 2.39 ERA while outscoring their opponents 53-24 over the course of this streak. 

First pitch is set for 1:05 pm PT this afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Scores: Cole Hamels Prevails as Phils Win 2-1

 

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - A day later, cooler heads prevailed between the Giants and Phillies, but Philadelphia's pitching remained red-hot.

Cole Hamels went the distance and the Phillies used two first-inning runs on the way to a 2-1 victory, expanding their season-best winning streak to nine games.

The teams were playing less than 24 hours after an ugly incident in the sixth inning Friday, when Philadelphia's Shane Victorino was hit by a Ramon Ramirez pitch in the back, sparking a benches-clearing shoving match and resulting in three ejections.

Hamels (13-6) provided the Phillies with yet another great mound effort, as the lefty came within one out of his first shutout of the season. That was prevented by Pablo Sandoval's home run. Orlando Cabrera grounded the next pitch to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who fired to Ryan Howard to end the game.

Hunter Pence, who has at least one hit in all eight games since being acquired from Houston, had an RBI single.

Matt Cain (9-8) was the hard-luck loser, allowing three hits and fanning eight over eight innings, as San Francisco lost for the eighth time in nine games, but remained a half-game ahead of Arizona atop the NL West.

The Hamels-Cain matchup was a redux from Game 3 of last year's NLCS as well as July 27 this year with the Giants righty winning both of those encounters. But on this sunny day by the bay, Hamels was awesome by throwing 83 of his 114 pitches for strikes and not allowing a runner to advance past second base until Sandoval's blast to left field. At one point, Hamels threw 23 straight first-pitch strikes.

"I think that's something that we always stress is to get ahead of the hitter and to get the first-pitch strike," Hamels said. "When you're able to do that, you get a lot of quick outs. That's the key to pitch deep in the ball game and keep them off-balance. That's what I was able to do."

The pitching for the NL East leaders has been spectacular in this series. Cliff Lee tossed a shutout in the opener on Thursday, and Friday Vance Worley threw seven strong innings.

Roy Oswalt gets his shot on Sunday when he returns from a six-week stint on the disabled list due to lower back inflammation. With a victory on Sunday the Phillies would complete their first four-game sweep in San Francisco and first against the Giants since May 13-16, 1982 at Veterans Stadium. The last away four-game sweep by the Phils vs. the Giants came August 6-8, 1943 at the Polo Grounds in New York.

The defending World Series champions haven't helped themselves in this series, going 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

"You don't expect to score a lot when you face the Phillies staff, they're really good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "As far as the hitting, you keep working because you have to. That's baseball."

Rollins doubled to right leading off the game and Chase Utley drew a one-out walk. With two down, Pence singled to right and Utley made it to third when Sandoval failed to catch the bouncing throw. Utley then scored when Eli Whiteside, one of the participants in Friday's fracas, couldn't handle a Cain pitch.

Hamels got Sandoval to hit into an inning-ending double play in the fourth, a frame the Giants started with consecutive singles from Aaron Rowand and Jeff Keppinger.

Whiteside and pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz singled with two down in the eighth, but Rowand popped out in the infield.

Game Notes

The Phils have outscored their opponents, 54-24 during this winning streak, which is their longest since last year's 11-game run, September 12-24...The Phillies have won a season-best seven straight series on the road. Their last such series loss was, June 17-19 at Seattle...Cain is 1-4 in seven career regular season starts vs. Philadelphia...Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco left in the eighth inning due to left hip soreness...Hamels has allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of his last 14 starts. He was 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA over his previous three appearances against the Giants. His 13 wins eclipses his total from last year. Hamels' career-best for wins is 15, set in 2007...Giants reliever Sergio Romo set down the last two batters in the eighth. He's retired 31 straight batters...Hamels logged his second complete game of the year and ninth of his career.

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Giants vs. Phillies: Three Players Ejected In Giants 9-2 Loss

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – The Phillies and Giants are developing quite a rivalry as two of the National League’s top teams. Too bad it sometimes turns ugly.

John Mayberry, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino all homered and Vance Worley threw seven strong innings Friday night to lead the Phillies over the Giants, 9-2, in a game that was marred by a benches-clearing incident in the sixth inning.

While no apparent punches were thrown, the teams came together in a spat after Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez hit Victorino with a pitch — seemingly on purpose — in the lower back.

They also emptied their benches in Game 6 of last year’s National League Championship Series soon after Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez plunked Chase Utley.

Sanchez started this one as well, but was outdueled by Worley (8-1), who allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts to remain unbeaten in his last nine outings.

The Phillies won their season-high eighth straight game with a 13-hit barrage, picking mostly on Sanchez (4-6) in his first start since June 24.

Gone long before the benches cleared, the San Francisco starter, who had been sidelined with left biceps tendinitis, took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits and just 4 2/3 innings.

The Giants remained a half-game ahead of Arizona for first place in the NL West, but they are barely clinging to the lead. They fell to 1-7 in their last eight games and 1-4 on a 10-game homestand.

Victorino stepped toward the mound after he was hit by a first-pitch fastball and Ramirez tossed his glove down, sparking the melee that ended with both players being ejected, along with Giants catcher Eli Whiteside.

The teams, including both bullpens, gathered in front of the mound in a scrum while Victorino was being held back by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.

Before that, Whiteside, who homered in the game, had rushed out in between Victorino and Ramirez, then turned and wrapped up Placido Polanco by the legs as he rushed in from first base.

The Phillies were leading 8-2 at the time after Brian Schneider hit an RBI single and Jimmy Rollins added a two-run base hit. Pence tacked on a run with a long homer to lead off the seventh inning — his second in as many nights.

The MLB-leading Phillies won the opener of this four-game series 3-0 on Thursday night behind Cliff Lee’s fifth shutout of the season and Pence’s first homer in a Philadelphia uniform.

Scoreless the night before, the Giants plated a run in the first inning of this one on Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly.

But the Phillies put together a four-run rally in the fourth inning that was keyed by a solo homer from Victorino and a two-run blast by Mayberry. They chased Sanchez in the fifth when Polanco knocked Rollins in with a single to make it 5-1.

Whiteside led off the fifth with his fourth homer of the season.

Mayberry started at first base for Ryan Howard, who pinch-ran for Victorino after he was ejected and remained in the game…The Phillies are 7-0 since acquiring Pence from Houston last week. They lead the majors with a 73-39 record and are 5-0 on a 10-game road trip…Worley is 6-0 in his last nine starts…Sanchez is winless in his last five starts (0-3).

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Giants vs. Phillies Lineups: Andres Torres Returns, Ryan Howard Sitting For Philly

The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies will continue their four-game series tonight with Jonathan Sanchez and Vance Worley on the mound. Each team has made a few slight adjustments to their lineups.

Giants:

1. Andres Torres (S) CF
2. Jeff Keppinger (R) 2B
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Aubrey Huff (L) 1B
6. Orlando Cabrera (R) SS
7. Nate Schierholtz (L) LF
8. Eli Whiteside (R) C
9. Jonathan Sanchez (L) P

Andres Torres is back in the lineup after sitting last night against Cliff Lee. Orlando Cabrera continues to bat sixth. Hey, it's better than fifth, right? Carlos Beltran will look to have a big game against the team who nearly acquired him at last week's trade deadline.

Phillies:

1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
2. Placido Polanco (R) 3B
3. Shane Victorino (S) CF
4. Chase Utley (L) 2B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
7. John Mayberry (R) 1B
8. Brian Schneider (L) C
9. Vance Worley (R) P

The big name missing is Ryan Howard, though Carlos Ruiz is also out of Friday's game. It is also interesting to see the left-handed Raul Ibanez in the lineup in favor of John Mayberry, who hit a home run in Thursday night's game.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15. 

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Giants vs. Phillies MLB Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez Returns, Duels Vance Worley

It wasn't the start the Giants wanted, nor was it the start Madison Bumgarner was looking for. He gave up back-to-back home runs early and then had himself a monster game on the mound, but San Francisco couldn't get the bats going to support his early mistakes, and that's all she wrote. It cut the Giants lead in the NL West to just half a game, and the defending world champions absolutely need to get things going sooner rather than later against the tough Phillies. The team called the previous series against the Phillies and Brewers "playoff-like", and if that's what they're going for this time, they need to turn it around.

Tonight, Jonathan Sanchez re-enters the lineup after a stint on the disabled list. His last outing was on June 24th, where he lasted just 4.2 innings, giving up two hits and three runs with six strikeouts and six free bases. He got the no-decision though, as the Giants came back to beat the Indians 4-3.

He does have a bit of history against the Phillies, most notably last year during the Giants World Series run, when he took a loss and a no-decision, lasting only two innings in one game. He was thrown out when he snapped at Chase Utley, who was insulted about pitches on the inside. Sanchez has been adamant that he's not thinking about that this time around.

He'll hope to have run support from a Giants offense that torched the Diamondbacks just a few short days ago, but fell stagnant against the Phillies last night. Carlos Beltran and Pablo Sandoval need to get hitting again, because Sanchez is rarely completely dominant from start to finish. He might give up some runs and that's something the team will need to overcome.

Vance Worley will be taking the mound for the Phillies, and he'll look to tame the Giants bats (which is almost too funny to type). Worley has been great, winning five straight starts and sporting a 7-1 record with a 2.33 ERA on the year. His last outing was a no-decision though, in which he lasted six innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, without giving up any walks and fanning seven. He was pulled, and the team came back to win it. Will he get back to his winning ways? Well that's up to the Giants.

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Scores: Cliff Lee Shines as Phils Top Giants 3-0

If Cliff Lee was looking for revenge against the San Francisco Giants, he certainly got it tonight. 

AT&T Park was filled with anticipation for Lee's return to the Bay with the Philadelphia Phillies, looking for some redemption of their own after losing their series with the Giants in Philly last week. But Lee was too much for the G-Men, getting blanked by the All-Star; and backed by back-to-back jacks off Madison Bumgarner the Phils took game one by a score of 3-0. 

Bumgarner (L 6-11) was pretty sharp in his eight innings of work, allowing only six hits while fanning nine Phillies. Unfortunately two of those hits were back-to-back solo homers from the newly acquired Hunter Pence and John Mayberry Jr. Santiago Casilla would allow another RBI in the ninth, pushing the score to the eventual 3-0.

As for Lee (W 11-7), his complete game shutout came with eight strikeouts and seven hits, without walking a single Giant. Carlos Beltran went 1-4 with a double, the only extra base hit for the Black and Orange this evening. Lee also threw 29 first pitch strikes to the 33 batters he faced. So suffice it to say, he was on point.

With the loss the Giants move to 62-50 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will welcome Jonathan Sanchez (4-5 3.81 ERA) back into the rotation on Orange Friday to face the Phillies Vance Worley (7-1 2.33 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:15 with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants News: Mark DeRosa Activated From DL As Brandon Belt Optioned & Alex Hinshaw Designated For Assignment

With Mark DeRosa coming off the 60 Disabled List, the Giants made a series of corresponding roster moves to make room for the thirty six year old infielder. The Giants sent rookie outfielder-first baseman Brandon Belt down to Triple A Fresno, and bumped him off the 25 man roster to boot. To make room for Belt on the 40 man roster, the Giants designated left handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw for assignment. Hinshaw was pitching in Double A Richmond. 

Mark DeRosa has had injury problems since 2009, only playing in twenty eight games last year and eighteen so far this year. During his recovery time in San Jose and Fresno, DeRosa went .319/.333/.362. DeRosa told mlb.com that he's had to change his approach due to all his wrist problems, which has left him a pure contact hitter with a sacrifice of power. 

Brandon Belt has hit .335/.475/.548 during his time in the minors this year, but the inflated numbers of the PCL haven't translated to the majors, where he's only slugging .333. He is still considered the Giants' top position player prospect, but was confined to the bench, only getting five starts since his last recall. Alex Hinshaw hadn't seen major league time since 2009. 

Hinshaw has already been informed of the DFA, but the good news for him is he has not previously been outrighted to the minors, so if he clears wavers he can be returned to the Flying Squirrels. When DFA-ing a player, the team has ten days to either trade or release him, and at some point in the first week, he has to be placed on waivers. If the Giants cannot trade him, and he clears waivers, they have the right to assign him back to his AA team. Had he been outrighted before, he would have the right to refuse his assignment.

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Giants vs. Phillies, MLB Schedule Preview: Cliff Lee, Madison Bumgarner Open Series at AT&T Park

We've reached the dog days of summer, meaning that teams across the league are gearing up for a playoff push. And in the first week of August the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies bring a playoff type atmosphere to the shores of McCovey Cove starting with the matchup of Cliff Lee and Madison Bumgarner on Thursday night. 

Bumgarner (6-10 3.80 ERA) is coming off a very forgetful start out in Cincinnati in which he lasted only four innings while allowing five earned runs en route to a 7-2 Reds victory. Bummy will hopefully have some run support this evening, but when facing a guy like Cliff Lee, I wouldn't hold my breath. 

Lee (10-7 3.14 ERA) is fresh off a win against the Pirates last week, keeping the Buccos to four earned runs on eight hits in seven and 2/3 innings of work, leading the Phils to an eventual 7-4 Philly win. It was his first win in his last five starts, although he did win the previous five in a row before that. It will be the first time facing the Giants since game 1 of the 2010 World Series when the Black and Orange broke his 7-0 postseason win streak. 

Hunter Pence and Carlos Beltran will square off for the first time in their new uniforms, and should be fun to see who makes more of an impact during this series. Both were acquired for their potent bats, but who will come through in the clutch? Can't wait to find out. 

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

For more in depth analysis and discussion of the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles. 

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Giants vs. Phillies, Series Preview: Four Game Set at AT&T Chock Full of Story lines

The San Francisco Giants escaped their series with the Diamondbacks with a narrow lead in the NL West, and move right into a four game set with the NL East leading Phillies. The Giants took two of three from the fighting Phils last week at Citizen's Bank Park, but now look to take care of business at AT&T during this four game set. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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