Giants vs. D'backs: Ryan Vogelsong Out To Salvage Series

It's go time for the San Francisco Giants as the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks come to town. The D'backs' six game lead leaves the Giants' work cut out for them, but with a couple of wins could get back in the thick of things down the stretch. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. D'backs Starting Lineups: Brandon Belt Return to Lineup

The San Francisco Giants are watching their season slip away with every passing loss, and with the way the Arizona Diamondbacks have been playing, it might be over already. That being said, there still is some fight left in the season and the Black and Orange can creep a game close with a win this afternoon.

Brandon Belt will get a start, playing left field and batting sixth. Cody Ross will bat leadoff once again, while Pablo Sandoval will bat cleanup once again as well. Eli Whiteside will catch for Ryan Vogelsong this afternoon.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Cody Ross CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Aubrey Huff 1B
6. Brandon Belt LF
7. Orlando Cabrera SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup:

1. Willie Bloomquist SS
2. Aaron Hill 2B
3. Justin Upton RF
4. Miguel Montero C
5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
6. Chris Young CF
7. Ryan Roberts 3B
8. Gerardo Parra LF
9. Daniel Hudson P

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

For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, mosey on over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. D'Backs Preview: Ryan Vogelsong Out For Rubber Match Win

After their deflating 7-2 loss at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night, the San Francisco Giants need to get a win today if only to feel like they still have a chance in the NL West, and will look to Ryan Vogelsong to do so. 

Vogelsong (10-5 2.63 ERA) has lost his previous three starts in a row, including five innings of three run ball against the Cubs his last time out. Vogey has some success against Arizona, allowing only one run on five hits in six innings of work on August 3 against the D-backs at AT&T, hopefully getting a similar result this time around. 

Facing Vogelsong will be Daniel Hudson (14-9 3.61 ERA), who threw seven shutout innings spraying three hits along the way to cruise to a 5-1 victory over Colorado in his last time out. Hudson has a 1-2 record and a 3.48 ERA against San Francisco this season.

worth noting :  Aubrey Huff, Pablo Sandoval and Carlos Beltran have combined for a .355 batting average with six home runs and 20 RBIs against the D-backs this season, while Daniel Hudson ranks first with a .309 average, 17 hits, 14 RBIs and a .467 average with runners in scoring position amongst all pitchers in MLB. 

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

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Giants vs. D'backs, MLB Scores: Ian Kennedy Tops Tim Lincecum, Giants Fall 7-2

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Ian Kennedy pitched seven solid innings to pick up his 18th victory, outduel Tim Lincecum and lead the Diamondbacks in a 7-2 win over the Giants.

Kennedy (18-4), who leads the National League in victories, gave up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. The Diamondbacks’ offense supported him by scoring five runs in five-plus innings against Lincecum (12-12), San Francisco’s ace.

Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in two for Arizona, which restored its lead over the Giants in the NL West to six games. San Francisco had won the opener of this pivotal three-game series on Friday.

“These guys are the [defending] world champions, they’re a great team,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of the Giants. “Their pitching is their strength. We know if we have aspirations to get into the postseason and go beyond, our pitching’s going to have to stand up.”

Carlos Beltran had three hits and Pablo Sandoval drove in two for the Giants, but they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

The game was tied after Aaron Hill’s RBI double and Sandoval’s sacrifice fly in the third inning, but Goldschmidt delivered two key hits to put Arizona on top for good.

In the fourth, Lincecum threw a 2-0 fastball low and over the plate, and Goldschmidt belted it over the center field wall.

An inning later, Lincecum walked Justin Upton and Miguel Montero with two away to bring Goldschmidt to plate. The first baseman came through for the Diamondbacks again, slapping a single through the left side to make it a 3-1 game.

“I kind of got away from the game plan against a guy like Goldschmidt,” Lincecum said. “He’s the kind of guy you need to elevate the ball in on, and I just kept throwing it knee-high, where he can get to those kinds of balls.”

Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra opened the sixth with consecutive doubles to add another run for Arizona, chasing Lincecum in the process. Guillermo Mota came in, but hit Willie Bloomquist and walked Hill with one out to load the bases, then walked Upton to force in a run.

The Giants had a chance to trim their deficit in the eighth, Jeff Keppinger and Beltran hit leadoff singles against David Hernandez. Sandoval came up and drove a ball to left field, but it stayed in the park and was caught.

The sacrifice fly plated Keppinger, but Beltran was thrown out by Parra trying to reach second, effectively ending the rally.

Chris Young and Roberts drove in runs in the ninth to complete the scoring.

Game Notes

Giants outfielder Pat Burrell left the game with a sore right foot…Goldschmidt has homered against Lincecum twice this season, also doing so on August 2. The rookie has hit six total homers…Kennedy has won three consecutive starts, giving up only two runs in 21 innings over the span…Lincecum has dropped consecutive starts, allowing 10 runs — nine earned — in 11-plus innings.

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Giants vs. D'backs Preview: Tim Lincecum, Ian Kennedy Set For Duel in Game Two

The Arizona Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy has emerged as a Cy Young hopeful in the National League with his outstanding season thus far. The San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum has already won the award, twice. Needless to say we might have a pitcher's duel on our hands at AT&T Park Saturday night, though the Giants offense would like to say otherwise. 

Lincecum (12-11 2.58 ERA) got a bit roughed up by the Cubs in his last outing, allowing four earned runs on six hits, three of which were home runs, the most he ever allowed in a single game. He also walked four and fanned four along the way, a but of kilter to say the least, but is 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA in his last 12 starts against Arizona, along with a complete game under his belt as well. 

As for Ian Kennedy (17-4 3.03 ERA), he earned his NL leading 17th win on Sunday, pitching seven strong innings of one run ball, along with six hits, seven strikeouts and no walks against the Padres. Kennedy has pitched seven innings or more in seven of his last nine starts, as well as winning nine of his last 10 starts. 

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Carlos Beltran, Cody Ross Lead Giants to 6-2 Victory

It was a do or die evening for the San Francisco Giants, and luckily they came through against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Matt Cain fought though D'backs all night, Cody Ross blasted himself out of his slump, and the Giants took a bite out of Arizona's lead by a score of 6-2 at AT&T Park. 

Cain (W 11-9) was strong in his eight innings of work this evening, allowing only two earned runs on five hits, along with four walks and three strikeouts. The All-Star right hander worked his out of a couple of jams, yielding only a Miguel Montero RBI double in the first and an Aaron Hill sacrifice fly in the fifth. Cain even helped his own cause with a single and a walk, scoring both times he got on base. 

Jeff Keppinger's RBI double in the third missed going over the wall by about a foot, plating Cody Ross after a lead off walk. Carlos Beltran would drive in Kep later that inning with a homer to left center, his 17th of the year; Beltran finished the night 4-4 with a triple, and another RBI single to go along with his dinger. Cody Ross broke out of his slump in a big way, going 3-2 with a clutch double and a two run homer in the seventh his 11th on the year. Pat Burrell took two great walks, not added anything with his bat but still being productive in his return. 

Joe Saunders (L 9-2) lasted only five and 2/3 for Arizona tonight, allowing all four runs on six hits, with four walks and three punch outs along the way. The Giants moved to five games back in the NL West, while ending Arizona's nine game winning streak. 

With the win the Giants move to 73-65 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will send out Tim Lincecum (12-11 2.58 ERA) on Saturday to take on Cy Young hopeful Ian Kennedy (17-4 3.03 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, Starting Lineups: Cody Ross Leading Off, Pat Burrell Returns to Left Field

With the Arizona Diamondbacks holding their own playoff destiny, the San Francisco Giants are going to have to do anything they can to snatch it away from them. It all begins tonight at AT&T Park.

Cody Ross will be back in the leadoff spot, hopefully getting his bat hot after a month long spell in the freezer. Pat Burrell will also make his return to the starting lineup after missing 40 plus games with a bone spur in his foot, which he is playing through still.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Cody Ross CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Pat Burrell LF
6. Aubrey Huff 1B
7. Orlando Cabrera SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Matt Cain P

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup:

1. Ryan Roberts 3B
2. Aaron Hill 2B
3. Justin Upton RF
4. Miguel Montero C
5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
6. Chris Young CF
7. Gerardo Parra LF
8. John McDonald SS
9. Joe Saunders P

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

For more in depth analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the discussion.

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks Preview: Matt Cain Looks To Land The First Blow

Coming into this game on a nine game winning streak, the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired a commanding six game lead in the NL West over the defending champion San Francisco Giants. The Black and Orange are coming into this game limping, losers of 21 of there last 31, looking to scratch and claw their way up the standings again. They'll turn to All-Star Matt Cain to deliver the first blow to the dominant D'backs, hoping for some more late season magic inside of AT&T Park. 

Cain (10-9 2.87 ERA) is coming off of two straight quality starts in which he took a no decision, both ending up as Giants loses to the Padres and Astros. Cain has a 3-1 record against Arizona this season though, giving up one homer along with a 19/8 K to BB ratio. 

The D'backs will counter with Joe Saunders (9-11 3.82 ERA), earning his ninth win of the season in his last time out with seven scoreless innings pitched against the Padres. It will be his first time ever taking the mound at AT&T though, and on an Orange friday no less. 

Some things to remember:

- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the D'backs haven't allowed more than one run in any of their last 63 straight innings played, a new team record (Yikes). 

- The Giants are 11-14 at AT&T Park since the All-Star break, despite being 28-16 before it (Not cool).

-The Giants have won 8 of the 12 meetings so far in 2011 with Arizona (Ask the Padres how that worked out last year).

-The Giants finished the month of August with a .180 average with runners in scoring position (SMH).

Get your popcorn ready (Yum).

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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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, Series Preview: Crucial NL West Series Could Make or Break Giants Season

It's make or break time for the San Francisco Giants as the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks come to town. The D'backs' six game lead leaves the Giants' work cut out for them, but with a couple of wins could get back in the thick of things down the stretch. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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