Giants Vs. Padres: Madison Bumgarner Secures Series Victory On Sunday

The Giants returned home to AT&T with some momentum after the road trip, looking to put a winning streak together against the San Diego Padres this weekend. For more on the Giants, please check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants Defeat Padres 4-1 Behind Madison Bumgarner's Stellar Start

The San Francisco Giants claimed a series victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, winning the third and final game of the series over the San Diego Padres by a score of 4-1. Madison Bumgarner continued his fine work on the mound, Pablo Sandoval homered again and Santiago Casilla picked up another save.

Bumgarner worked 7.2 innings and allowed just one run to score on six hits and a walk. The young lefty struck out six batters and improved his ERA to 2.53 on the season. Sergio Romo came in for relief of Bumgarner with two outs in the eighth inning and promptly record a harmless flyout, ending a scoring threat for the Padres.

Melky Cabrera drove in the first run of the game with a deep sacrifice fly to score Angel Pagan. Pablo Sandoval followed with a solo homer to left to give the Giants an early 2-0 lead.

Chris Denorfia doubled in a run in the fifth inning, cutting the lead to just 2-1, but that was the only scoring San Diego would come away with on Sunday.

Joaquin Arias came up with a huge two-RBI triple in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 4-1, which proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Padres. Casilla surrendered a walk in the ninth inning, but that was all the righty would allow as he struck out Jason Bartlett for the final out.

The Giants will be off on Monday before returning to face the Marlins on Tuesday night. First pitch from San Francisco is set for 7:15 p.m.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Starting Lineups: Buster Posey Starts At First (Again), Brandon Belt Sits (Again)

The San Francisco Giants are out to close the series with a victory over the San Diego Padres in Sunday’s afternoon rubber-match matinee.

Despite getting the game-winning hit in last night’s epic victory for the Black and Orange, Brandon Belt is not in the lineup against lefty Clayton Richard, with righty Brett Pill getting the start in left field instead, batting fifth. Buster Posey gets another day out of the squat, starting at first base, while Joaquin Arias and Ryan Theriot will make up the Giants middle infield this afternoon, batting seventh and eighth respectfully.

Madison Bumgarner will be on the mound for San Francisco.

Your San Francisco Giants :

Angel Pagan CF
Melky Cabrera RF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey 1B
Brett Pill LF
Hector Sanchez C
Joaquin Arias SS
Ryan Theriot 2B
Madison Bumgarner P

San Diego Padres:

Chris Denorfia LF
Wil Venable RF
Chase Headley 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jesus Guzman 1B
Cameron Maybin CF
Jason Bartlett SS
Andy Parrino 2B
Clayton Richard P

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area, and Fox Sports San Diego and XPRS 1090 AM in San Diego.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Madison Bumgarner Looking For Fourth Win In A Row

After the San Francisco Giants were blanked by Anthony Bass for a majority of Saturday evening at AT&T Park, Madison Bumgarner will be hoping the offense can back him up a bit more in the finale against the San Diego Padres. But with the way he's been pitching lately, he might not need much support at all Sunday afternoon.

Bumgarner (3-1 2.96 ERA) will be looking for his fourth win in a row, allowing only four earned runs over that span, 20.1 innings pitched total. He held the Mets to just one run on three hits in seven innings his last time out.

Bummy owns a carrer record of 1-2 with a 3.22 ERA in eight games (seven starts) vs. San Diego, including a 1-1 mark with a 4.24 ERA in four starts last season.

As for Padres starter Clayton Richard (1-2, 5.11) he's struggles away from Petco Park so far in 2012, sporting a 9.53 ERA in two road starts this season. At home he has a tidy 1.35 ERA in two starts.

Even though Pablo Sandoval's league leading hit streak streak died on Saturday, Angel Pagan's is still going strong at 14 straight. And let's not forget Buster Posey, owning the fourth highest batting average in the NL at .354.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay, while Fox Sports San Diego and XPRS 1090 AM in San Diego.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Game 2 Final Score: Tim Lincecum, Brandon Belt Lead S.F. To 2-1 Victory

For more than half of game, it appeared as though the San Francisco Giants might come up on the losing end of a perfect game by San Diego Padres starter Anthony Bass. In the end, however, Tim Lincecum and the Giants limited the Padres to just three hits en route to a 2-1 victory.

Lincecum once again had some control issues and once again had a problem inning, but luckily this time out the "problem inning" in the top of the third resulted in just one run, as Will Venable drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a Brandon Belt throwing error that might otherwise have been a double play. The Padres scored that run on a Nick Hundley sacrifice fly.

The Giants remained without a baserunner against Bass until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Lincecum managed his first hit of the year; a two-out infield single to break up the perfecto. San Francisco finally got things going in the bottom of the seventh, when Belt redeemed himself (and then some) with a two-out double that plated Melky Cabrera and Nate Schierholtz.

Lincecum and Bass both went eight innings. Lincecum allowed no earned runs on three hits, but is still having issues locating, as he struck out five but walked four. Bass, meanwhile, struck out eight Giants batters and walked none. Santiago Casilla picked up the save. Pablo Sandoval was 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at a robust 20 games.

The Giants will go for the series win in the rubber game on Sunday.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Tim Lincecum Returns To AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants started their nine game homestand with a thud last night against the San Diego Padres, but turn to ace Tim Lincecum to even the series while he continues to right the ship from his rough start of 2012.

Lincecum (1-2 8.20 ERA) finally earned his first victory of the season in his last time out on Monday in New York, fanning eight while walking five in just five innings of the work, allowing just four hits and one run along the way. Only one of his four starts thus far have come at AT&T, looking to continue his improvement from his horrendous start to the season.

Anthony Bass )1-2 2.33 ERA) is set for another start, being forced into the Giants rotation after Tim Stauffer and dustin Mosely went down with injuries. He earned his his first win of the season against the Phillies in his last outing, pitching six innings of one run ball, striking out seven.

Pablo Sandoval extended his league-leading hit streak to 20 straight to start the season, while San Diego's Chase Headley has registered a hit in 16 of his last 18 contests.

First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT with coverage on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay, while Fox Sports San Diego and XPRS 1090 AM while have coverage in San Diego.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Game 1 Final Score: San Francisco Squanders Great Eric Hacker Debut, Loses 5-3

On Friday night, the San Francisco Giants opened up a home stand and received a tremendous spot start from the debuting Eric Hacker, who was called up when the Giants found themselves a starter short following Monday's doubleheader against the New York Mets. The Giants found themselves in prime 2011 form against their old nemesis the San Diego Padres and dropped the series opener by a final score of 5-3.

The Padres scored in the top of the first, but the Giants tied things up right away on a leadoff home run by Angel Pagan in the bottom of the frame. Hacker settled down and coasting through the next couple of innings, but four straight one-out singles in the top of the fourth inning put the Pads ahead 3-1.

The Giants closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a Buster Posey RBI double, but Jeremy Affeldt would come on in relief of Hacker in the seventh and promptly give up two runs, one on an RBI single and one on a wild pitch.

Buster Posey led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot to left-center, but the damage had already been done. Posey and Pagan each had a two-hit game and drove in all three San Francisco runs.

Besides Posey and Pagan, however, Hacker was the amazing silver lining of the game. He went six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out seven batters along the way. He looked sharp and confident. Hacker may now be poised above Eric Surkamp on the starter depth chart should anyone -- god forbid -- go down with an injury.

Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4, meaning he has now extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games to begin the season.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Starting Lineup: Buster Posey Back At 1B, Joaquin Arias Gets Another Start

The San Francisco Giants are glad to be home, taking on the San Diego Padres Friday night at AT&T Park.

Joaquin Arias has earned himself another start in the Giants lineup this evening, letting Brandon Crawford take another day off. He's certainly going to be hard to pull back down to the minors once Aubrey Huff comes back if he can be productive at the plate with his clutch glove in the infield.

Buster Posey will get another start at first base, Ryan Theriot will be back at second base, while Hector Sanchez will catch the call-up Hacker this evening.

Fun facts: Eric Hacker is also a switch hitter, meaning the Giants have five of them in the lineup tonight, for the fifth time this season. The Giants have also won 11 of their last 14 against the Padres dating back to last season, though 27 of 36 games have been decided by three runs or fewer.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Melky Cabrera RF
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Buster Posey 1B
  5. Brett Pill LF
  6. Joaquin Arias SS
  7. Hector Sanchez C
  8. Ryan Theriot 2B
  9. Eric Hacker P

First pitch is set for 7:15 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. Fox Sports San Diego and XPRS 1090 AM will have cove in San Diego.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Eric Hacker Joins San Francisco, Takes Bump In Series Opener

The San Francisco Giants are set to tussle with the San Diego Padres this evening, though are still to announce who they will be sending out to the mound officially tonight, but it's certainly setting up like it will be Triple-A call up Eric Hacker at the moment.

Per Hank Schulman on Twitter:

Hacker joins the Giants on a four game winning streak, earning a 4-0 record and 2.19 ERA in his time this season with Triple-A Fresno, slipping right into the Giant rotation on his scheduled day to throw, keeping San Francisco from having to use Tim Lincecum on short rest or a reliever out of the bullpen as a starter.

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

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Giants Vs. Padres, Series Preview: San Francisco Beings 9 Game Homestand Against NL West Rival

The Giants return home to AT&T with some momentum after the road trip, looking to put a winning streak together against the San Diego Padres this weekend. For more on the Giants, please check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants To Call Up Eric Hacker For Friday Start Against Padres

Thanks to a double-header in New York City on Monday the San Francisco Giants were either going to have to send Tim Lincecum to the mound on short rest in April, or look elsewhere for a starter for Friday's matchup with the San Diego Padres.

Fortunately they chose the later as CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports, as the Giants plan to call up right-hander Eric Decker from AAA Fresno for his Giants debut.

The team is yet to make an official announcement, though his agent posted on his Twitter that Hacker would have his contract purchased by the Giants for the Friday start. Hacker, 29, was already set to pitch that day for Fresno so it doesn't affect his schedule, not to mention he is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts. Not too shabby.

San Francisco will likely move Brian Wilson to the 60-day DL to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

Baggarly suggests that reliever Dan Otero is a possible candidate to be optioned back to Fresno to make room for Hacker, though it is likely he will be swapped for another reliever after this start. Righty Steve Edlefsen could fit that bill as he is already on the 40-man roster.

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