Giants Vs. D-Backs: Brett Pill, Gregor Blanco Lead G-Men To 7-3 Victory

The Giants offense awoke in Phoenix to take the series from Arizona, returning home to AT&T Park for another week-long homestand.

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Giants Vs. D-backs, Final Score: Brett Pill, Gregor Blanco Lead G-Men To 7-3 Victory

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Brett Pill crushed a two-run home run and the Giants pounded out 14 hits to take a 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game set at Chase Field on Sunday.

Barry Zito (2-1) surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks over six innings in the start, while Gregor Blanco knocked in three runs and Melky Cabrera added an RBI and four hits for the Giants, who wrapped up a six-game road trip at 3-3.

"The boys did well," remarked Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "They had some good at bats. They didn’t try to do too much up there. They kept the line moving and Pill got a hold of one to help out the cause."

Joe Saunders (2-3) was tagged for six runs on 10 hits and a walk over five frames for Arizona. Jason Kubel smacked three hits and tallied two RBI, but the Diamondbacks finished 1-5 on their six-game homestand.

"It was a tough week, a tough homestand," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. "We didn’t play well. We didn’t have very good execution, anywhere, again."

Arizona pushed a run across in the second as Ryan Roberts worked a leadoff walk and moved to second two batters later on Saunders’ bunt. A.J. Pollock then walked and Kubel followed with a single into right field, scoring Roberts for a 1-0 lead.

The Giants responded in their next at-bat as Brandon Crawford launched a one- out double before moving to third on Zito’s ground out. Blanco then ripped a single into right, plating Crawford to knot the game, 1-1.

Joaquin Arias and Cabrera then followed with consecutive singles and Cabrera’s brought in Blanco to give the Giants a 2-1 advantage.

San Francisco added two more in the fourth as Angel Pagan and Hector Sanchez smacked consecutive singles to start the frame. An intentional walk to Crawford loaded the bases and Blanco followed two batters later with a two-run single into right field to push the margin to 4-1.

The Diamondbacks cut into the lead in the fourth as Roberts smacked a leadoff single and Pollock scored him three batters later with a double into right field. Kubel then added a double of his own to plate Pollock, bringing Arizona within 4-3.

After Cabrera reached base on a leadoff single in the fifth, Pill belted the first pitch he saw into the seats in left to extend the lead to 6-3.

In the seventh, Cabrera and Pagan each singled around a Pill strikeout before Sanchez plated Cabrera with a single to give the Giants a four-run cushion.

Game Notes

Zito improved to 4-8 in 17 career games (16 starts) against Arizona…San Francisco shortstop Charlie Culberson made his major league debut and notched his first big league hit with a single in the fifth…Cabrera extended his hitting-streak to 11 games.

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Giants Vs. D-backs, Starting Lineups: Charlie Culberson Called Up, Gets Start At 2B

Well, another of Fresno's finest has joined the San Francisco Giants as infielder Charlie Culberson has been called up from Triple-A, adding more young depth to a short-handed middle infield.

Per Hank Schulman on Twitter:

Culberson brings a .284 batting average in 151 plate appearances this season, as well as a 96.4 percent fielding rate with six errors in 34 games this season. He wil join the cast of a very young group today, with Angel Pagan and Barry Zito the only Giants players who spent their entire season on a big league club last year.

Your San Francisco Giants:

Grergor Blanco RF
Joaquin Arias 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Pill 1B
Angel Pagan CF
Hector Sanchez C
Charlie Culberson 2B
Brandon Crawford SS
Barry Zito P

First pitch is set for 1:10 pm PT with afternoon with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs: Barry Zito Takes Bump In Rubber Match

The San Francisco Giants finally ended their drought at Chase Field Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and now look for another win in Sunday's rubber match before returning home to AT&T Park.

Barry Zito (1-1, 2.21) takes the bump for the Black and Orange, looking to bounce back from him first loss of the season in his last outing against the Brewers, giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings of work, though those three earned runs were a season high for the former Cy Young winner.

The D-backs will send out Joe Saunders (2-2, 2.50), who got rocked by the Cardinals in his last outing for six earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched, along with three homers. Arizona has now lost eight of their last 11 games, hoping Saunders can earn the D-backs a series win.

First pitch is set for 1:10 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Diamondbacks, Game 2 Final Score: Matt Cain Does It All In 5-2 Win

The San Francisco Giants headed into Saturday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with some very large Chase Field demons to exorcise. In the end, thanks in part to Matt Cain providing his own run support, the Giants won their first game this season against their divisional rivals by a final score of 5-2.

The Giants got on the board in the top of the first, when Gregor Blanco drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base on a throwing error from pitcher Trevor Cahill while attempting a pickoff toss. Blanco came home on a Buster Posey RBI groundout to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

Arizona tied things up in the bottom of the third inning on a Willie Bloomquist sacrifice fly. The Giants reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Melky Cabrera hit a ground-rule double to drive in Blanco. In the top of the sixth, the Giants tacked on two huge insurance runs with a clutch Matt Cain double.

Brandon Crawford allowed a run to score on a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 4-2. It was Crawford's eighth error of the season. The Giants picked that run back up in the top of the ninth when Brandon Belt led off the inning with a triple (off of a left-handed pitcher!) and came home on another Cabrera double.

Santiago Casilla came in for the ninth inning and made things more interesting than Giants fans would have liked. He got a ground out before allowing a single to Jason Kubel. He got a potential double-play grounder out of Aaron Hill that only eliminated the lead runner but resulted in the second out of the inning. Giants-killer Paul Goldschmidt was the next Arizona batter and he grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice to finally secure the win.

The Giants amazingly had four walks in the game. Angel Pagan was 3-for-3 with two walks (one intentional). Matt Cain allowed one run in six innings on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. San Francisco can try for the series win on Sunday.

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Giants Vs. Diamondbacks: Matt Cain, Trevor Cahill Square Off In Game 2

The San Francisco Giants continue to come up short at Chase Field after falling to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, making it eight straight they havent had a victory there. They'll get another shot on Saturday, with Matt Cain taking the bump to get the job done.

Cain allowed two runs on six hits, along with one walk and 10 strikeouts in his last time out but got another no-decision after Santiago Casilla recorded his first blown save of the year.

As for D-backs starter Trevor Cahill, he the loss in his start on Sunday against the Mets, allowing three runs on five hits in his seven innings of work, but is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in his last five starts against the NL West.

First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area and Fox Sports Arizona and KTAR 620, ESPN Deportes 710 and Jose 106.9 FM in Arizona.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs, Final Score: G-Men Continue Struggles At Chase Field, Fall 5-1

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Patrick Corbin outdueled Madison Bumgarner on Friday and the Diamondbacks opened a three-game series with a 5-1 win over the Giants.

Bumgarner entered Friday on a five-game win streak but Corbin (2-1), making his third major-league start, held San Francisco to one run on one three hits over seven innings. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning for Arizona and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a two-run homer. A.J. Pollock hit his first career home run in the sixth for the Diamondbacks, who halted a five-game skid. They have won a franchise-best nine straight games over the Giants.

Bumgarner (5-2) was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Melky Cabrera had a first-inning home run for San Francisco, which has lost 10 of its last 16 games overall.

"I wanted to attack the hitters a lot more," said Corbin. "I fell behind to Melky and left a pitch middle that he took out but I think after that I kind of settled down."

Gerardo Parra reached on a fielding error by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford to start the third inning. Pollock placed runners at the corners with a double and Willie Bloomquist drove home Parra with a one-out single to tie the game.

Montero grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning, but redeemed himself in the fifth with the go-ahead hit. Bloomquist led off with a two- bagger and Montero's two-out double over left fielder Brett Pill made it 2-1.

Goldschmidt's subsequent homer to left padded the lead and Pollock, who was called up last month, sent a 1-1 curveball into the seats an inning later to cap the scoring.

"This offense has to get going," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "The at-bats have to get better. It's tough when you're not getting guys out there and putting more pressure on the opposing club."

Game Notes

Arizona has won eight straight home games over San Francisco since June 16 of last season...Bumgarner's five-game win streak tied a career-high...Cabrera has hit safely in nine straight games.

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San Francisco Giants Place Ryan Theriot on DL with Elbow Inflammation

If the San Francisco Giants weren’t already low on veteran faces on their roster, they just lost another one as the team has placed second baseman Ryan Theriot on the disabled list, while purchasing releif pitcher Shane Loux contract in the process:

Per Andrew Baggarly on Twitter:

The Giants are essentially down to Fresno’s Finest at the moment, and I don’t think Aubrey Huff will be getting any time at second base in the meantime. This means that Bruce Bochy will just have to be that more creative with the lineups he produces.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs: Starting Lineups, TV Times, Radio Coverage For Game 1

The San Francisco Giants go from one NL West rival to another as the take on the Arizona Diamondbacks beginning tonight at Chase Field.

Skipper Bruce Bochy continues to mix it up with his lineups with Joaquin Arias at third base batting second, and Brett Pill back in left field batting fifth. Hector Sanchez will catch Madison Bumgarner this evening, looking for his sixth straight victory, meaning Buster Posey is back at first base. Emmanuel Burriss gets another start at second base, while Brandon Crawford at shortstop, batting eighth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Joaquin Arias 3B
  3. Melky Cabrera RF
  4. Buster Posey 1B
  5. Brett Pill LF
  6. Hector Sanchez C
  7. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
  8. Brandon Crawford SS
  9. Madison Bumgarner P

Arizona Diamondbacks:

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Ryan Roberts 3B
  7. Gerado Parra CF
  8. A.J. Pollock LF
  9. Patrick Corbin P

First pitch is set for 6:40 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the bay, while Fox Sports Arizona, KTAR 620, ESPN Deportes 710, and Jose 106.9 FM will have coverage down in Arizona.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs: Madison Bumgarner Out For Revenge, Sixth Straight Win

Madison Bumgarner has lost just one of his starts this season for the San Francisco Giants, and it came at the hands of the Arizona diamondbacks on opening weekend. The big lefty has won every outing since, and would like to continue that streak Friday as he returns to Chase Field.

Bumgarner (5-1, 2.31) has been the Giants best pitcher this season, lasting at least seven innings in four of his last five starts, allowing just one earned run in each. He's 3-1 lifetime along with a 3.11 ERA in seven games (six starts) against Arizona.

As for the D-backs (1-1, 7.00), they'll send out youngster Patrick Corbin, who despite being less than a month older than Bumgarner is making only his third career start, making his Chase Field debut this evening. Corbin lasted only 3.1 innings in his last start allowing four runs on five hits against the Mets.

Arizona is just 5-10 over their last 15 games, and is currently caught in a five game skid at the moment. Hopefully the Giants can keep them in the cellar this evening.

First pitch is set for 6:40 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Recall Reliever Shane Loux From Triple-A Fresno, Ryan Vogelsong Gets Back Injection

According to a report from CSN Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants have called up pitcher Shane Loux from Triple-A Fresno for their upcoming series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, possibly signaling a few changes/issues in the giants pitching staff.

Loux's presence in Arizona with the Giants' big league club could mean a number of things.

It's possible that with the suspension of long-reliever Guillermo Mota that the team wants to carry a 12th pitcher.

Ryan Vogelsong reportedly received an injection in his back. There is no evidence to support it, but it's possible Loux is an insurance policy, should Vogelsong's back respond poorly.

Vogelsong dealt with a back strain for most of the spring after injuring himself lifting in early March, but this was apparently for 'maintenance,' which will keep and flare ups in check.

As for Loux, 32 has been with the Giants organziation for the last few seasons, and has been very solid out of the bullpen for the Grizzlies this year. He currently owns a 3-1 record with a 0.43 ERA, allowing only two runs (one earned) in 21 innings of work in his 13 appearances this season. He spent a few seasons in the majors playing 14 games with the Tigers in 2002-03, and the Angels for 25 appearances in 2008-09.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs, Series Preview: Giants Out For Redemption After Opening Series Sweep

The Giants return to Chase Field hungry to redeem themselves from an opening series sweep. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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