DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 16, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Madison Bumgarner, Melky Cabrera Lead Giants To 4-2 Win Over Rockies

Madison Bumgarner had a no-no into the sixth inning, paving the way for the Giants' series clinching 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Final Score: Madison Bumgarner Sharp In 4-2 Giants Victory

The San Francisco Giants were hoping to earn their first series win of the season on Thursday afternoon, facing off with the Colorado Rockies in the finale at Coors Field. Madison Bumgarner found his groove against the Rockies hitters early, while the Giants remained patient against journeyman Jamie Moyer, earning the relatively normal 4-1 victory.

Bumgarner had a no-hitter going through 6.1 innings, which Melky Cabrera tried to save with a lunging catch off Tyler Colvin, which would lead to a triple and the lone Rockies run after a Dexter Fowler single. Bummy would finish with only four runs in 7.1 innings pitched along with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Giants offense left them loaded against Jamie Moyer in the first inning, but finally got to him in the third with an RBI single from Brett Pill and another from Melky Cabrera in the fourth. Angel Pagan got that big hit he'd been looking for with an RBI single in the sixth, followed by an RBI double from the Melkman to make it 4-0 Giants. That would cause Jim Tracy to pull Moyer after 5.2 innings, with eight hits, two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts on the afternoon.

Brian Wilson came in for the save in the ninth, loading the bases for dramatic effect in true Wilson fashion. He seemed to injure himself on a pitch to Tyler Colvin, causing Bruce Bochy and trainer Dave Groeschner to come to the mound. Wilson decided to stay in, walked Colvin to score Troy Tulowitzki and brought Colorado within two of the lead. Wilson gutted through to earn the save, getting Marco Scutaro to fly out to end the game on his 32nd pitch of the outing.

Brandon Crawford and Melky Cabrera both finished 2-4 for the game, while Melky plated two RBI to push his average to .385 so far this season. Brett Pill also had a nice showing in his first start of the season going 1-3 with an RBI.

Full box score can be found here.

Matt Cain (0-0 7.50 ERA) will take the mound on Friday in the Giants home opener at AT&T Park against James McDonald (0-0 3.50 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more on the San Francisco Giants, make your way over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Starting Lineups, TV Time, Radio Coverage & More

It’s been a wacky series out at Coors Field between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies, finishing it up with the ‘battle of the ages’ between 22 year old Madison Bumgarner and 49 year old Jaime Moyer.

After the first two freak show baseball games, might as well have another oddity for Thursday game as almost a 27 year gap resides between the two lefties. Both are still looking for their first win of 2012, and would love to lock up a series win for their team in the process.

Buster Posey returns to the starting lineup, batting cleanup, while Nate Schierholtz is in the starting lineup after launching two homers on Wednesday. Brett Pill gets the nod at first base as Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belt get the day off.

San Francisco Giants Lineup:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Brett Pill 1B
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Ryan Theriot 2B
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Madison Bumgarner P

Colorado Rockies Lineup:

1. Marco Scutaro 2B
2. Dexter Fowler CF
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Michael Cuddyer RF
6. Wilin Rosario C
7. Jordan Pacheco 1B
8. Chris Nelson 3B
9. Jamie Moyer P

First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, and Root Sports TV and KOA 850 AM in Colorado.

For more on the Giants, please make sure to check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants Vs Rockies Preview: Madison Bumgarner Takes On Jaime Moyer In Battle Of The Ages

When Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the San Francisco Giants against Jaime Moyer and the Colorado Rockies Thursday, they'll not only be looking for each of their first victory of 2012 and a series victory for their respective teams, they'll be making history as well.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday's game will be the third-largest age differential between two starting pitchers all-time and the largest since 1965; a difference of 26 years and 256 days. Moyer had gained over 500 innings of experience in the majors before Bumgarner was even born back in 1989, and now all that knowledge will take on the young buck in a battle of contrasting styles between lefties.

Bumgarner got shelled for four runs in four innings in his season debut in Arizona, and wants to get back on track after his stellar spring gave him high hopes for 2012. He is 1-2 with a 3.50 ERA in three career starts at Coors, and will hopefully fare more like to Barry Zito than Tim Lincecum during this three game set.

Thursday will be Moyer's fourth career start at Coors, which is astonishing when you consider how small of a sample that is from his 4,025 1/3 innings pitched in 687 career games at 49 different stadiums. Regardless, he is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 innings pitched there in his career, hoping to fare better than the four runs in five innings he allowed in his season debut.

The Giants offense certainly hasn't been the issue thus far, scoring 29 runs in five games this season including at least one home run each game. Now they just need a pitcher than can put up some gooseggs (that isn't named Zito).

No one knows what to expect after the two crazy games these teams have played already, but you can rest assured that it will be entertaining. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area, Root Sports and KOA 850 AM out in Colorado.

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles. For the Rockies side of the story, check out Purple Row.

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Tim Lincecum Looking To Grind Through Early Struggles [VIDEO]

The first two starts from two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum have been a far cry from what we've come to know as 'the freak' and his dominance on the mound. He's got a 12.91 ERA and 14 hits in 7.2 innings pitched, and has some fans worried to begin the year.

Sure he started the season at two very hitter friendly ballparks in Chase and Coors Field, but his velocity on his fastball has been down, and he hasn't been getting the outs he usually does with his changeup. He's yet to find a consistent arm slot and as of now he has scrapped his slider, the pitch that helped him turn around his 0-5 August back in 2010 to clinch the NL West title and a World Series championship the same year.

Lincecum spoke with reporters after the game, simply calling his performance 'sloppy baseball on my part.' He also talked about the affect of his changeup on Rockies hitters, his mental process on the bump, and how he can hopefully get these issues worked out early on in the season.

Getting back to San Francisco will certainly help, having the fans and comfy confides of AT&T Park behind him for support. But it's up to Timmy to figure out how to turn it around.

For more news and notes on the San Francisco Giants, make sure you check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Final Score: Tim Lincecum's Shortest Carrer Outing Leads To Wild 17-8 Rockies Victory

To say it was a wild night at Coors Field on Wednesday would be a gross understatement as the San Francisco Giants took on the Colorado Rockies, one game after Barry Zito blanked the Rox for their first win of the year.

But it was bad news from the get go as Tim Lincecum threw his shortest outing as a professional, while the bullpen couldn't get it right either, though the Giants offense tried their best to get back in the game. After all the dust settled the Giants would eventually fall by the score of 17-8 in a game that saw 34 total hits and each team hang a seven-spot in an inning.

Timmy was roughed up by Colorado's one-two punch of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki in the first after an RBI triple and RBI groundout made it 2-0, followed by a big third inning which consisted of another Gonzalez triple, a run scored off a wild pitch and four more runs off Lincecum.

All-in-all Timmy was pulled after 2.1 innings of work, with six earned runs on eight hits along with two walks and three strikeouts. And that's when the game got interesting.

San Francisco would put together a seven-run inning in the fourth, started off by back-to-back solo shots from Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford. Nate would get the go-ahead RBI that inning as well after the Giants batted around, plating Gregor Blanco with a RBI sacrifice fly to make it 7-6. In between Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez would plate the other four RBI.

Just when the game seemed to take a turn in the Giants favor, the Rockies opened up the flood gates again, this time off of Guillermo Mota and Jeremy Affeldt, plating 10 runs in two innings of the pair of relievers, none of which came from the long ball, making it 16-7.

Nate Schierholtz would blast his second homer of the game in the seventh, but Michael Cuddyer scored an RBI double off of Brian Wilson to keep the nine run gap, finishing the game 17-8. Mota would earn the loss, while Matt Reynolds the win for Colorado.

San Francisco used five relievers, Ryan Theriot played some left field, even Buster Posey got an at bat despite missing the game due to shingles. Five Rockies players had double-digit RBI's (Carlos Gonzalez had four), while eight had double-digit hit totals. Tyler Chatwood earned his first save with his three innings of work, while San Francisco also committed three errors.

Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for San Francisco on Thursday, facing off against Jaime Moyer, each looking for their first victory of the year. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. PT.

Full box score can be found here.

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles. For the Rockies side of things, check out Purple Row.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Starting Lineups: Brandon Belt Sits, Nate Schierholtz Starts

With the terrible news that Buster Posey has come down with shingles, the San Francisco Giants are hoping this is not the start of another injury-plagued season.

But the show must go on, now with Hector Sanchez catching Tim Lincecum this evening, batting fifth. Angel Pagan moves back to the leadoff spot while Aubrey Huff gets another day at first base and in the clean up spot. Nate Schierholtz gets the start right field ad Brandon Belt will get another day off.

San Francisco Giants Lineup:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Hector Sanchez C
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
9. Tim Lincecum P

Colorado Rockies Lineup:

1. Marco Scutaro 2B
2. Dexter Fowler CF
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Todd Helton 1B
6. Michael Cuddyer RF
7. Ramon Hernandez C
8. Chris Nelson 3B
9. Jeremy Guthrie P

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

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Buster Posey Not In Lineup For Giants Vs. Rockies With Shingles, Hopes To Play

The San Francisco Giants beloved catcher might have faced another setback. Fortunately, this setback is only temporary. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area has this report on Buster Posey being out for tonight's game between the Giants and the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field.

Posey was diagnosed with the viral infection on Monday, when he had a planned day of rest. He assumed he would be fine after Tuesday's break in the schedule. But Hector Sanchez replaced him behind the plate in Wednesday's lineup, batting fifth.

Posey has gotten off to a nice start in 2012. He managed to go 2 for 4 from the plate in his first game back against the Diamondbacks, and then went 2 for 4 again on Sunday, including nailing his first home run of the season. He could be a big loss in the lineup, particularly with a team needing some more consistent offense.

Posey should be back soon. In fact he fosters hopes of playing sometime today.

To talk about the impact of not having Posey in the lineup with Giants fans, head on over to McCovey Chronicles. To discuss what no Posey means for Rockies fans, go to Purple Row.

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Ryan Vogelsong Injury: Giants Starter Ready For April 15 Return

After making his second start of the season for the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday night, San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has shown that he is more than ready to return from an early spring back injury that kept him out of the first half of camp.

Vogelsong allowed two earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched on Tuesday night in Las Vegas against the 51's. He walked only one and struck out six after taking a no-hitter into the third inning. He threw 83 pitches in total, had non setbacks or recurrence or injury, and should be set to make his debut with the Black and Orange on April 15 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The scheduled off day on Tuesday ensured that the Giants wouldn't need a replaced 5th starter while Vogelsong rehabbed in Fresno, but also gives a little piece of mind to the team and it's fans knowing that your All-Star 5th starter is healthy and ready to go. I'm sure Giants fans will be happy to have him back come Sunday at AT&T Park.

For more on the Giants head over toMcCovey Chronicles.

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Giants Vs. Rockies Preview: Tim Lincecum Looks To Rebound After Rough First Start

It was a rocky first start for Tim Lincecum on opening day down in Arizona, but after picking up their first start on Monday the San Francisco Giants are hoping the Freak can keep the good times rolling on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Lincecum will be itching to start chipping away at his current 8.44 ERA, though won't be a simple task against talented hitters like Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton in their hitter's friendly ballpark. Timmy owns a 4-3 record at Coors in 10 lifetime starts along with a 3.61 ERA, while Tulo owns a .184 batting average against Lincecum in 38 career at bats.

The Rockies will send out newly acquired Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, making his Coors Field debut. He earned the win down in Houston on opening day, keeping the Astros in check with only four hits in seven innings, though two of those four were homers, allowing three earned runs.

Though Guthrie has spent most of his career in the AL, Melky Cabrera has seen him a lot, owning a .355 batting average in 31 at bats with four doubles and a homer off of him. With Buster Posey and Brandon Belt likely returning to the lineup, hopefully the Giants offensive gravy train keeps on rolling.

First pitch is set for 5:40 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM, and Root Sports and KOA 850 out in Colorado.

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

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Start Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers And More

The San Francisco Giants received a tremendous performance from Barry Zito on Monday afternoon in Colorado, leading them to their first victory of the season after a rough series against the Diamondbacks. Now they turn to staff ace Tim Lincecum to keep the Rockies under control at the hitter-friendly Coors Field on Wednesday evening.

Start Time: First pitch from Denver is set for 8:40 p.m. ET, which is 5:40 in San Francisco.

Probable Pitchers: Lincecum will go for the Giants and will be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie. He picked up a victory over the Astros on Friday.

TV Coverage: Comcast Sports Net Bay Area will air the game live.

Radio: Those in the Bay Area can listen to the broadcast on KNBR 680.

Weather: It should be a beautiful night for baseball with temperatures in the 60s. There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, but they are expected to clear out by the evening.

Team Sites: Giants fans should check out McCovey Chronicles. Rockies fans should visit Purple Row.

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Barry Zito Discusses Delivery, Hector Sanchez After Complete Game Shutout Of Rockies [VIDEO]

I can't beleive I'm going to say this, but Barry Zito was exactly what the doctor ordered for the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

After his brilliant 4-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies, Zito took some time to discuss his performance with CSN Bay Area's Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow after the game, talking about tweaking with his delivery this spring, the importance of stoping the bleeding for the Black and Orange, as well as the importance of rookie catcher Hector Sanchez, who according to Zito called 'a helluva a game.'

It's a bit shocking to most Giants fans that Zito has actually performed the best of their rotation thus far after Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain all got roughed up down in Arizona, but no one expects their struggles to continue into the season. Can we expect that Zito's success continues as well? Not exactly, but there's certainly hope.

For more on the Giants, please make sure to check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, MLB Scores: Barry Zito Blanks Rockies In 7-0 Complete Game Shutout

Usually when San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito takes the mound at hitter-friendly Coors field, people envision long bombs from Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and a lopsided Colorado Rockies victory. But it was quite the opposite this time around, as Zito had one of his best outings as a Giant. The Black and Orange dominated the Rockies by the score of 7-0, earning their first victory of 2012.

Zito had all his pitches working for him Monday, with complete control of his arm slot and the strike zone all afternoon long. He allowed only four hits, while striking out four, as part of a 114-pitch complete game shutout. This was only his second complete game as a Giant, and his first shutout since April 18, 2003 against the Texas Rangers. Zito never really got himself into any trouble and looked more comfortable and in-control on the mound than he has in a long, long time. Brian Wilson has yet to throw a pitch this season.

Pablo Sandoval got the Giants on the board after launching the first pitch he saw from Jhoulys Chacin into the cheap seats, logging his second homer of the year to make it 2-0. San Francisco opened it up again in the third, loading the bases early against Chacin. That led to an RBI single from Hector Sanchez and an RBI groundout from Angel Pagan to push it to 4-0.

The Giants would load the bases again in the seventh, as Brandon Crawford got his second hit of the season with a bases-clearing, three-RBI double that pushed the lead to 7-0. They were also helped out by two Colorado errors and seven walks from their pitching staff along the way.

All of the Giants starters got a hit today aside from Gregor Blanco, led by Melky Cabrera's 2-for-4 day and Pablo Sandoval's 2-for-5 day. Angel Pagan got his first hit of the year, while Aubrey Huff knocked a double and drew two walks in his first taste of the cleanup spot this season. Zito even worked reliever Esmil Rogers for a 12-pitch at bat that led to a single. Yeah, it's safe to say Zito had himself a nice day.

After an off day Tuesday, Tim Lincecum takes the mound for the Giants on Wednesday. He's looking for some redemption after his opening day struggles, and will face off against against Colorado's Jeremy Guthrie. The first pitch is set for 5:40 p.m. with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Full box score can be found here.

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles. For the Rockies view of things, make sure you check out Purple Row.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Starting Lineups, TV Times, Radio Coverage

Both the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies would have likes to start their 2012 season’s a bit better, but now head to the Mile High City for the opening seres at Coors field as Barry Zito and Jhoulys Chacin are set to make their 2012 debuts, with each looking for a strong start to the season.

The Giants will give both Buster Posey an Brandon Belt the day off as Aubrey Huff moves to first base batting clean up and Hector Sanchez will make his first start of the season for San Francisco. Gregor Blanco wil start in left field and lead off once more, while Angel Pagan moves down to No. 7 in the lineup playing center.

This will be a good day for Aubrey Huff to show some worth, making his first appearance as the clean up hitter this season. Same goes for Barry Zito, who’s got just about everyone lacking confidence in his abilities. Both of these guys need to have a solid day if the Giants want to earn themselves a win.

San Francisco Giants lineup:
1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Hector Sanchez C
6. Angel Pagan CF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Ryan Theriot 2B
9. Barry Zito P

Colorado Rockies lineup:
1. Marco Scutaro 2B
2. Dexter Fowler CF
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Todd Helton 1B
6. Michael Cuddyer RF
7. Ramon Hernandez C
8. Chris Nelson 3B
9. Jhoulys Chacin P

First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM, and Root Sports and KOA 850 AM in Colorado.

For more on the Giants, please check out McCovey Chronicles. For the Rockies side of the street, check out Purple Row.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Series Preview: Giants Looking For Fresh Start In The Mile High City

The Giants head to Colorado looking for their first victory of 2012 against the Rockies.

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