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The news we were all expecting game down on Wednesday night as San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson will go under the knife for his second Tommy John surgery of his career, sitting out until the start of 2013 at least for the Giants, if he in fact remains a Giant.
The renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery, with the usual recovery/rehabilitation process taking around 12 months to fully complete.
Wilson, per usual, has his own, unique take on the situation:
"The first time I got (Tommy John surgery), I looked at it as an opportunity to throw harder," Wilson said on Sunday. "You know, 21-year-old kid, I get to throw harder? That's pretty awesome. The difficult thing is the monotony of all the exercises and the time it takes. ... It's the mental part that can be overbearing, but you know what? I've done it once. Do it again. That's the case."
In six years in the major leagues, Wilson has career 3.21 ERA, 171 saves, 340 strikeouts, and 25 blown saves in 320 innings pitched.
Matt Cain and Cliff Lee were in the zone Wednesday night at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies were looking for the victory in the rubber match of the series, each completing at least nine innings of shutout ball. But it was Melky Cabrera playing hero tonight, earning the walkoff single in the 11th inning for the incredible 1-0 win.
Cain was coming off of a one hit shutout his last time out on Opening day at AT&T, but finished the night with nine innings of shutout work, giving up only two hits, one walk and four strikeouts on a tidy 91 pitches. Lee was up to the task as well, going the extra mile by throwing 10 shutout innings, including seven hits, seven strikeouts and no walks on 102 pitches.
Amazingly neither came away with a decision as Antonio Bastardo took the loss gave up a single to Brandon Belt to start the rally, then an error get Angel Pagan on base to set it up for the Melkman. In fact, Melky was the only player of the game to have multiple hits, finishing 3-5 on the night. Clay Hensley earned his first win as a Giant.
Full box score can be found here.
The Giants have an off day to travel on Thursday, then begin a three game set in the Big Apple against the New York Mets beginning Friday.
For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.
It’s the rubber match between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies, and it’s setting up to be a doozy with both Matt Cain and Cliff Lee taking the mound in a marquee matchup at AT&T Park.
The Giants will have the same starting four as last night, but will sit both lefties Brandon Belt and Aubrey Huff in favor of the right handed Brett Pill at first base, batting fifth. Ryan Theriot will do the same for Emmanuel Burriss, getting the start at second, batting sixth, while Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford round out the rest of the lineup.
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT this evening, with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay. TCN and 1210 WPHT will have coverage in the Phillies areas.
San Francisco Giants:
After trying the series at one apiece Tuesday night, the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies will square off in the finale of their three game set with a pair of aces on the hill in Matt Cain and Cliff Lee at AT&T Park.
Cain (1-0, 3.00 ERA) made the most of his opening day start against the Pirates last Friday after tossing a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and no walks in what is arguably his best start at AT&T Park in his career. It was the third one hitter, fifth shutout, and 14th complete game of his career.
As for Lee (0-1, 3.46 ERA) who took his first loss of the season against the Mets in his last start, He''l look to earn his first win of the season, while trying to ock up only the fourth series at AT&T Park for Philadelphia since 2000. Lee owns a 3-0 record and 0.72 ERA in three starts at AT&T during the regular season, though his most memorable here was Game 1 of the NLDS while pitching to Texas, getting shelled for seven runs (six earned) and eight hits over 4.2 innings.
Shane Victorino has pushed his hitting steak to 10 games after a double on Tuesday night, though Pablo Sandoval one-upped him with his 11th straight game with a hit after his 2-4 night. Keep an eye on these guys tonight as well.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT this evening, with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay. TCN and 1210 WPHT will have coverage in the Philadelphia area.
Only a day after signing his new extension, San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner took the mound Tuesday night in search of a victory over the rival Philadelphia Phillies. Bumgarner was solid, and backed behind just enough offense on the night the Giants tied the series at one apiece by the score of 4-2 at AT&T Park.
The Giants got to the Phillies Joe Blanton (L 1-2) early an often, getting out to an early lead after an RBI triple from Melky Cabrera and and RBI groundout from Pablo Sandoval in the first inning. Blanton was roughed up for 11 hits and four runs on the night, getting knocked out after five innings of work after Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford earned RBI's against him with a single and fielder's choice respectfully.
As for Bumgarner (W 2-1), he was steady throughout his outing after allowing two runs on seven hits along with one walk and two strikeouts, throwing 96 in six innings pitched on the night en route to his second victory of the season. Clay Hensley and Sergio Romo held the Phils in check, while Santiago Casilla earned the save in the ninth.
Five Giants had a multi-hit game on Tuesday, lead by Schierholtz's 3-3 night with an RBI and a walk, Buster Posey went 3-4, Pablo Sandoval went 2-4, while Angel Pagan went 2-5. As for Philadelphia, Hunter Pence's homer in the fourth was their big hit on the night, finishing 1-3, while Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins finished 1-4.
Full box score can be found here.
Matt Cain (1-0 3.00 ERA) takes the bump for San Francisco Wednesday to facing off against Cliff Lee (0-1 3.46 ERA) is in the series finale. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
With Madison Bumgarner the newest San Francisco Giants to be extended long-term by the club, the Black and Orange have locked up one of the best lefties the game has to offer. he’’l be on full display Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, looking to even up the series against their east coast rivals.
Bumgarner will be backed by the same starting four as Monday, while Aubrey Huff moves back to first base batting fifth and Nate Schierholtz will get the start in right field, batting sixth. Brandon Belt will sit against righty Joe Blanton, who continues to struggle offensively this season. Brandon Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss will make up the middle infield once more.
San Francisco Giants:
First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT this evening, with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay. TCN and 1210 WPHT will have coverage in the Philadelphia area. This game can be seen on the MLB Network as well.
Another poor start from Tim Lincecum lead to a sour finish on Monday night at AT&T, but after the good news of Madison Bumgarner's extension the San Francisco Giants are looking for their big left-hander to turn the tides on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bumgarner signed a 5-year, $35 million contract with the Black and Orange before the game Monday, looking for his second win of the season after his 7.1 innings of work against the Rockies out in Denver last time out. The 22-year old gave up only one run on four hits along two walks two punchouts, hopefully backing it up with another gem at AT&T Park after his big payday.
Joe Blanton will take the hill for Philly, who is also feeling confident heading into the matchup. He gave up a single run on only three hits and a walk in seven innings of work against the new look Marlins his last time out, making the most of it after an injury-plagued 2011.
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage at CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay, and TCN and 1210 WPHT in the Philadelphia area. This game can be seen on the MLB Network as well.
With the San Francisco Giants successfully locking up Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain to long term extensions this season, a collective sigh of relief can be released from the fan base with two of the top pitchers in the game remaining in the Bay for years and years to come.
Bumgarner is getting a hefty pay raise for a 22-year old, but his service time put in already is that of a much older pitcher, already logging 337 innings pitched in the majors not to mention postseason accolades and a World Series ring to boot. Even though San Francisco hasn't much history of giving such a contract to a play with such a short amount of time in the Majors, they feel he is worth it as Bummy will jump from the one-year, $560,000 contract to possibly a total of $40 million in guaranteed money over the life of his new contract. It could even go as high as $70.5 million if he wins a Cy Young.
He'll also be protected through his first year of free agency, while leaving the Giants open to possibly move on if they feel the need to later down the line. Grant Brisbee over at McCovey Chronicles points out the genius inside Bummy's new contract; the options:
The best part? Them options. If Bumgarner continues on a Steve Carlton trajectory, the Giants aren't going to lose him. And if Bumgarner continues on a Bret Saberhagen trajectory, well, the Giants will have some choices to make. But they get the option of keeping Bumgarner around without a locked-in commitment. That's probably why they call them "options."
This idea worked well with Matt Cain, whom the Giant paid only $16 million total through 2011, proving his salt to earn himself his mega contract. Bumgarner is currently in line to do something similar if he can keep himself healthy and effective, though if the Giants kept him through 2019, he would still have just turned 30 with near a decade of service in the majors already. Talk about a workhorse.
Tim Lincecum's early struggles may have lit a bit of a fire to get Bumgarner signed long-term, though the team (as do the most of us) hope these problems are merely temporary. His home-grown and seemingly unadjustable delivery from his father has seen lots of mileage already, 14,163 pitches from 2008-11 to be exact, the fifth most amongst all pitchers according to Andrew Baggarly. His velocity and command have both been less that what we've been used to, and the fact he was trying to shelf his slider to 'save his elbow' is a bi concerning as well for the 27 year-old.
Signing that extension certainly helped Cain out over the weekend after his one-hit wonder against the Pirates on Friday, hopefully Bumgarner can come up with something similar on Tuesday against the Phils.
For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.
The last time the Philadelphia Phillies came to AT&T Park, there was a benches-clearing brawl and a lopsided sweep by the visiting team as the Giants watched the 2011 season begin to slip away from them. On Monday night, the Phillies were back again and it appears they're still going to be a thorn in the side of the boys in black and orange. A third rough start in a row by ace Tim Lincecum helped lead to a 5-2 win for the Phillies.
Things went bad for Lincecum right away. In the first inning, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Laynce Nix all got RBI hits as Philadelphia brought four runs home. The Giants got a run back in the bottom of the first on an Aubrey Huff sacrifice fly, but the Giants had more trouble with getting the big hit against Philadelphia starter Roy Halladay than the Phillies had against Lincecum.
Lincecum and the Giants bullpen would limit the damage the rest of the way, but the Phils added another run in the top of the fourth inning when Halladay helped out his own cause with an RBI single down the right-field line. Lincecum would counter with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the frame, but the Giants only managed the one run after getting runners to second and third base with no outs.
The rough Lincecum first inning ended up being the difference. Lincecum went six innings and allowed all five runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out six along the way. Dan Otero and Jeremy Affeldt allowed just one baserunner the rest of the way.
Can Tim Lincecum get back on track for the San Francisco Giants against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies?