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The San Francisco Giants were looking to avoid being swept to start their 2012 campaign against the Arizona Diamondbacks, handing it over to Matt Cain to get the job done Sunday afternoon. The Black and Orange gave Cain a big lead early, but the D-backs clawed their way back by way of he long ball once again, eventually earning themselves the 7-6 come from behind victory.
Brandon Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss got the Giants started in the second with a two RBI double and an RBI groundout respectfully, followed by an RBI single in the third from Pablo Sandoval. Buster Posey launched his first home run of the first home run of the year in the very next at bat, giving the G-men a comfortable 6-0 lead.
But then it was the D-backs turn to do some damage, getting a two RBI double from Lyle Overbay in the botom of the fourth, than launching back-to-back jacks off Cain in the sixth by virtue of Ryan Roberts and Overbay once more to make it 6-5. Miguel Montero and Chris Young grounded into RBI fielder's choices in the seventh, with Aaron Hill scoring off of Buster Posey's second error of the year to take the lead 7-6. Skipper Bruce Bochy would get ejected this inning, and it never got any better for for the Black and Orange, suffering their third loss in as many days.
The loss would get tagged to Jeremy Affeldt, though Cain gave up five earned runs in his six innings of work, along with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Giants now head to Colorado for a three game set starting Monday.
Full box score can be found here.
Skipper Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants are looking to avoid a season opening sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks, hoping some slight tweaks to the lineup will ensure a victory at Chase Field Sunday afternoon.
Gregor Blanco will get his first start of the season, playing center field and leading off in place of Angel Pagan. Emmanuel Burriss will take Ryan Theriot’s spot at second base, batting eighth, bumping Brandon Crawford up to the No. 7 slot in the lineup.
San Francisco Giants Lineup:
Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup:
First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM, and Fox Sports Arizona and KTAR 620 AM in Arizona.
It's been a bit of a rough start for the 2012 San Francisco Giants. They've had two back-to-back decent offensive outings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but unfortunately Arizona had been getting to the starting pitchers early, putting the Black and Orange in an early hole to start the season. San Francisco will now turn to Matt Cain, baseball's newest $100 million man, to right the ship and avoid the sweep at the hands of Kirk Gibson's reigning NL West champs.
Despite the fact that Cain will make $127.5 million over the life of his contract, he notes that hopefully it won't affect his play on the field one bit:
"I feel like I don't need to be motivated that way," Cain said. "I'm going to be motivated by playing."
Cain isn't out to end this two game skid, because it's actually an eight game skid dating back to last season. Arizona has simply had the Giants number as of late, though they'll have the chance to change all that this afternoon. Josh Collmenter takes to the mound in his 2012 debut for the D-backs, looking to improve on a rather mundane spring. He gave up just as many homers ans he did strikeouts during his time in the Cactus League this year with five, but is looking to keep the Giants in check once more.
The Giants offense has been doing it's part more or less, scoring eight runs in their first two games with home runs aplenty. Hopefully they can keep it up on Easter Sunday for a most needed victory at Chase Field.
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
Two-run homers from Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill would prove not enough as the Giants fell to the D-backs 5-4 Saturday afternoon.
Skipper Bruce Bochy is utilizing the same lineup he had in effect on Friday, aside from the pitching change of course. As for the D-backs, Aaron Hill will be replaced by John McDonald in the eighth spot playing shortstop, while Willie Bloomquist will get the day off with Ryan Roberts leading off.
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on the FOX Network, and can be found on the radio on KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area and KTAR 620 in Arizona.
San Francisco Giants Lineup:
Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup:
It was a beautiful evening at Chase Field in Phoenix as the defending NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks played host to the San Francisco Giants for their 2012 Opening Night. It was a battle of the aces as Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy took to the mound, but a big first inning would prove too much for the Black and Orange, eventually falling 5-4 in their season opener.
The majority of the Diamondbacks damage came in the first inning off of Lincecum, coming in the form of a Chris Young two-run jack followed by a Paul Goldschmidt solo home run a few batters later.
The Giants would strike back in the fifth with a two-run homer from newcomer Melky Cabrera, and an RBI groundout from Brandon Crawford in the sixth, scoring Angel Pagan after his first hit as a Giant.
Arizona would load the bases in their half of the sixth, plating two with a Ryan Roberts double to left field, prompting skipper Bruce Bochy to take out the Freak. Timmy would finish with five earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched, along with six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.
Kennedy would depart after 6.2 innings of work, allowing three earned runs nine Giants hits, along with two walks and three strikeouts. Joe Patterson and David Hernandez held the G-Men in check the rest of the way, turning it over to J.J. Putz for the save in the ninth.
Gregor Blanco hit a pinch hit liner off Willie Bloomquist's glove, giving the Giants some life in the top of the ninth. Angel Pagan would strikeout, Melky Cabrera would strikeout, leaving it up to Pablo Sandoval. Pablo would hit a clutch RBI double to left center field, cutting the lead to one. But Buster Posey would ground out in his first career at bat against Putz, ending the game.
Cabrera and Sandoval finished the game 2-5, while Buster Posey was 2-4 with a walk
Full box score can be found here.
Lefty Madison Bumgarner will take on RHP Daniel Hudson in each of their respective 2012 debuts Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.
Here are the lineups for the Giants and Diamondbacks season opener.
As the San Francisco Giants are only hours away from the first pitch of their opening day matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks, fans around the country wait with faded breath for the start of the 2012 season for their Giants and D-backs.
The Giants finally get a chance to test out their new lineup, filled with much more speed, youth, and hopefully offensive prowess than 2011. CSN Bay Area's Jaymee Sire got the chance to catch up with the skipper at Chase Field Friday morning, asking him about how he feels about his team this year, his thoughts on the 2012 Diamondbacks, and what it will take to get back to the postseason this year.
Bochy as always was asked about his catcher Buster Posey, and whether or not he will catch this whole sereis at Chase Field. Bochy noted they'll have to keep an eye on him, but that is the plan.
For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have the target on their backs after taking the NL West crown in 2011, but the San Francisco Giants are hungry to get back to the playoffs, knowing they'll likely have to go through Phoenix to get where they want to go. So what a better place to kick of their 2012 seasons than with an old fashioned pitcher's duel at Chase field between Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy.
Lincecum and Kennedy had polar opposite numbers against each other's squad last season, with Kennedy going 3-0 with a 1.22 ERA in five starts against the Black and Orange, while Timmy suffered thorough a 0-3 record and a 4.32 ERA in four starts, inlcuding his September 23 start in Arizona in which the D-backs clinched the NL West title.
This could very well be the rivalry of the season in the NL West, and skipper Bruce Bochy knows it.
"To start with them, that is going to create some interest, really, for both clubs," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "We think we're a better club, an improved club, and they are, too."
Buster Posey is set to make his long awaited return, having no setbacks in the spring to his surgically repaired ankle. He and Pablo Sandoval will hopefully be the brunt of the Giants offense this season, but they've got some extra help this season. It will also be the first look of the younger, more offensive Giants, who now have bats like Melky Cabrera, Brandon Belt and Hector Sanchez, as well as improved speed with Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco to get run support their pitching so desperately needs.
The Diamondbacks don't have to look far for offense as the duo of Chris Young and Justin Upton along with guys like Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt and Ryan Roberts will fuel the D-backs offense, that likely will be jacked up after hanging their 2011 NL West banner. Along with their improved pitching, the Giants are going to have their hands full Friday, and for the rest of the season with this D-backs squad.
Fun fact: These two have been in the same division since 1998, but this is the first time Arizona opened a season against San Francisco.
First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN2, CSN Bay Area and Fox Sports Arizona. Radio coverage can be found on KNBR 680 and KTAR 620 in Arizona.
The new-look San Francisco Giants will have their first chance in 2012 to shine, as they head slightly East to take on their National League West rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-game series will be a stiff first test for the newer, younger Giants team, as they take on the defending division champs who remain largely unchanged and just as threatening as last year.
Tim Lincecum will be taking the hill for the Giants and will be facing the Diamondbacks' ace, Ian Kennedy. The D-backs will have their usual sluggers facing Lincecum, like Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt, let us not forget, adores hitting long home runs off our poor two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Brandon Belt will have his first chance to prove he belongs on Monday, as he is expected to be the Opening Day first baseman for the second year in a row. Hopefully this year turns out much differently than the last. And of course, the long-awaited regular-season return of Buster Posey is finally here.
Friday's game will begin at 4:05 p.m. PT and will air both on CSN Bay Area and ESPN2. You can catch the radio broadcast, as always, on KNBR.
The Giants are ready to kick off their season, taking on the D-backs in the desert for a three game set this weekend. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.