Giants Vs. Dodgers: Tim Lincecum Falls, San Francisco Loses Series To Los Angeles

The Giants lost two out of three down in Los Angeles, and now head to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks.

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NL West Standings: Giants Travel East To Try To Close The Gap On The Dodgers

The San Francisco Giants travel to both Milwaukee and Miami this week to take on the Brewers and Marlins, respectively, as they look to try to close the gap on the Los Angeles Dodgers' lead in the NL West division.

The Giants have won three of their last four games and currently sit seven games back of the Dodgers for the division lead with a record of 21-20. The Arizona Diamondbacks sit on their heels with a 19-23 record. The San Diego Padres are playing better (16-26), sitting on a two-game winning streak which has moved them past the struggling Colorado Rockies, who have lost their last four games and carry a 15-25 record into the week.


NL West Standings

WLPCTGBSTRK
Los Angeles 28 13 .683 0 Won 4
San Francisco 21 20 .512 7 Lost 1
Arizona 19 23 .452 9.5 Won 1
San Diego 16 26 .381 12.5 Won 2
Colorado 15 25 .375 12.5 Lost 4

(updated 5.21.2012 at 11:50 AM PDT)


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Tim Lincecum: Velocity, Mechanics, And That One Ugly Inning

What more can we really expect out of Tim Lincecum? I mean, the guy's started the All-Star game, won two Cy Young's and a World Series in his short tenure in the league. Still, Lincecum has created from himself and those who watch him a level of expectation, that even though he hasn't pitched incredibly terrible this season, he's been performing much lower than anyone could have expected, even him.

But no one, including Lincecum, can really put a finger on the root of the problem either, with every one coming up with some minor mechanical tweak or theory as to answer the question 'why?'

The Cove's Will Brinson took a look at Timmy's pitch F/X over the course of his 2012 starts, focusing on velocity. Lincecum was throwing above 90 consistently throughout the night on Wednesday, something he had been struggling with all season. He hit 93 on the radar for the first time all season, but overall his velocity ha steadily been declining since 2008, so maybe this should be such a surprise.

It was a better outing for sure, but it's not just his velocity, it's also his control, though he limited himself to just two walks last night. Still, Timmy couldn't get away from that one quagmire inning that sunk him:

"The outcome isn't what I wanted," Lincecum said. "I still had that one rough inning that kicked the team in the butt.

Before last night's start Lincecum had an 18.00 ERA in the first inning, though his explosion came in the fourth on Wednesday. CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly was more worried more about his mechanics than his velocity though, discussing what might be an interesting source of his recent slump.

Lincecum's mechanics are gymnastic. They require flexibility and body control. You don't see many Olympic gymnasts competing into their late 20s and beyond.

I like the way Baggarly phrases this, and he's right, most gymnasts aren't competing at the highest level much longer than their mid twenties. Timmy is a freak mechanically and is againg like the rest of us, but it works for him because of rhythm, timing, and fluidity; not to mention confidence. Baggs noted Timmy hasn't lost any spring in his step, but could be in tune for a bit of metamorphosis as a starting pitcher:

I do think that Lincecum feels he has to reinvent himself in a sense. His changeup remains a terrific pitch, but it's not as lethal as it used to be. He's hearing so much about pitching to contact, and yet his team isn't very good at catching the ball...It can't make him feel good to gaze upon the stat page. More than that, he knows his teammates rely on him to be the ace. And he's being paid like one, too...Those are all mental pockets of lightning sand he has to avoid.

There is still lots of season to turn it around and Lincecum certainly has many years ahead of him in the big leagues to make tweaks, though he is still showing signs that he never really left (41 K in 36.2 IP in 2012).

That dreaded 'bad inning' that has been following him almost every start now throws him completely off his rhythm, leaving him on the mound much longer than he should be, usually in the stretch. If he can avoid that, I think he'll be just fine. But if he can't (especially if it's the 1st inning) he's gonna have a bad time.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers Score: Tony Gwynn Jr. Triple Leads L.A. Over Tim Linceum, San Francisco

The San Francisco Giants dropped their series to the Los Angeles Dodgers after falling Wednesday night 6-2. The Giants took an early 2-0 lead and looked like they were in good shape to stay ahead with Tim Lincecum at the mound. The Dodgers put up a four-run fourth inning to go ahead and stay ahead and win two out of three.

LIncecum pitched five innings, struck out eight, but gave up eight hits. Lincecum also batted in an RBI early and Buster Posey added a RBI. Juan Uribe singled in a run and Tony Gwynn Jr. tripled in three runs to go up 4-2. The Dodgers put up 13 hits to nine for the Giants.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Starting Lineups: Emmanuel Burriss Resurfaces, Starts at 2B

Oh, hey Emmanuel Burriss.

San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy has been using Burriss very sparingly as of late, seeing game time in just five games over their last 12, but he’ll get the start at second tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The G-Men are looking for the series win this evening, with Gregor Blanco and Nate Schierholtz getting starts in the outfield tonight, while Brandon Belt gets the nod at first, batting fifth. Buster will be in the squat, Joaquin Arias gets another start at third, while Angel Pagan will get the night off with his slight hamstring strain.

Your San Francisco Giants

1. Gregor Blanco CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Brandon Belt 1B
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Joaquin Arias 3B
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Tim Lincecum P

Los Angeles Dodgers

1. Dee Gordon SS
2. Adam Kennedy 2B
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Andre Ethier RF
5. Bobby Abreu LF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. James Loney 1B
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Chad Billingsley P

First pitch is set for 7:10 pm. PT with coverage on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area, while FOX Sports Prime Ticket and 570 Fox Sports L.A. will have coverage down south.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Tim Lincecum, Chad Billingsley Square Off In Rubber Match

It's hard to say any game in early May is a must win for any ball club, but the San Francisco Giants certainly were in serious need of a W on Tuesday after their all-around beat down at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers the day before. Luckily Brett Pill and the G-Men managed to topple Clayton Kershaw (finally) and look to earn a series win on the road Wednesday against their arch rivals.

The Giants will have Tim Lincecum on the bump (2-2, 5.68) looking to build some momentum after stumbling a bit in his last outing, lastin only five innings along with three runs and four walks en route to a 6-4 Brewers victory. Timmy is just 5-4 lifetime against the boys in blue, including a 0-3 record against them in 2011, despite owning a 1.83 ERA and a .234 BAA in five starts versus L.A. last year.

The Dodgers will send out Chad Billingsley (2-2, 3.19) who has two losses in his last three starts. Billingsley is7-5 lifetime against San Francisco with a 3.24 ERA in 24 career games (19 starts) , but went 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA and .303 BAA in four starts against them last season.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Brett Pill's HR Leads G-Men to 2-1 Victory

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Vogelsong tossed 7 1/3 innings of one- run ball and the San Francisco Giants slipped past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Vogelsong (1-2) scattered eight hits and issued three free passes while striking out one hitter. Javier Lopez took over for Vogelsong in the eighth and got Andre Ethier to ground into a crucial inning-ending double play, and Santiago Casilla got the final out in the ninth to notch his sixth save of the season.

"Defense has hurt us at times this year, but tonight it saved us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Vogelsong did a terrific job and gave us what we needed and the bullpen really stepped up."

Brett Pill provided the offense for San Francisco with a two-run home run while five other Giants had singles. San Francisco has won three of its last four contests.

On the other end of this superb pitcher duel was Clayton Kershaw (2-1), who gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven over eight innings. Kershaw had won his previous 12 decisions at Dodger Stadium entering play on Tuesday.

James Loney knocked in the only run for the Dodgers with an RBI double, while Dee Gordon added two hits in the loss. Los Angeles has dropped two of its last three.

The Giants opened the scoring in the second inning when Buster Posey led off the frame by lacing a single into left field and Pill followed by roping the first pitch he saw from Kershaw -- a 93 mile-per-hour fastball -- over the wall in left field to give San Francisco the early lead.

"He did what he was supposed to do," Kershaw said of Pill's homer. "He put a pretty good swing on it. They made me pay for the two mistakes I made."

But Los Angeles got a run right back in the home half of the inning. Ethier led off the frame by crushing a double down the line in right and, after Juan Rivera flied out, Loney picked up his teammate by driving a double into center to bring home Ethier for a 2-1 ballgame.

Neither team put up a serious offensive threat until the home half of the eighth.

In that inning, Bobby Abreu coxed a walk from Vogelsong to start the frame and Gordon followed with a single and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Ellis. Vogelsong then intentionally walked Matt Kemp to load the bases. Lopez came in and got Ethier to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Lopez induced groundouts from Tony Gwynn Jr. and Loney before Casilla came on and closed it out by getting Juan Uribe to roll one softly to second.

Game Notes

Pill's homer was just the first for the Giants as a team in their last six games, and just their third in their last 10 games...San Francisco went 0- for-1 with runners in scoring position and is hitting just .205 this season in those situations...Kershaw's last home loss came on April 16, 2011 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Starting Lineups: Brandon Belt At 1B, Joaquin Arias Moves to 3B

The San Francisco Giants are in need of tightening the screws a bit after their abysmal start to their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, turning to Ryan Vogelsong to get the job done.

Unfortunately for him and the rest of the Black and Orange, Clayton Kershaw will be taking the bump tonight as well.

The Giants will have a different look to the lineup on Tuesday with Joaquin Arias moving hit hot bat and tight glove over to third base, as Brandon Crawford resurfaces at shortstop this evening. Buster Posey will be back behind the dish, while both Brett Pill and Brandon Belt will be in the lineup, playing right field and first base respectfully.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Ryan Theriot 2B
3. Melky Cabrera RF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Brett Pill LF
6. Joaquin Arias 3B
7. Brandon Belt 1B
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Los Angeles Dodgers:

1. Dee Gordon SS
2. Mark Ellis 2B
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Andre Ethier RF
5. Juan Rivera LF
6. James Loney 1B
7. Juan Uribe 3B
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Clayton Kershaw P

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: San Francisco Aims To Avoid Another Clayton Kershaw Beatdown

The Los Angeles Dodgers proved why they are the top team in the NL West Monday night at Dodger Stadium, while the San Francisco Giants simply looked like the Fresno Grizzlies on a serious off day. But now the Black and Orange send out their winless starter Ryan Vogelsong to the mound, facing off against 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

Vogelsong (0-2, 3.42) has been solid but hasn't had anything to show for it, pitching at least six innings in all four of his starts, three of them quality starts, though still remains winless. He only has one career start at Dodger Stadium along with three releif apperances, owning a 6.52 ERA at Chavez Ravine.

As for Kershaw (2-0, 2.63), his dominance of the Giants is well documented, going 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA last year against San Francisco, and is 6-1 lifetime in with a 1.25 ERA in 11 starts against them. He also went 12-1 with a 1.07 ERA at Dodger Stadium last year, more good news for the Giants.

Matt Kemp continues his tear through the start of the season, going 3-3 last night to bump himself back to a .406 batting average. The Giants have an active Aubrey Huff on the roster, wheter we will see him is still yet to be determined, but I'd say he'll get some action this series.

Angel Pagan's 20-game hit streak ended last night, though Joaquin Arias is 7-21 (.333) at the plate over the last week, including a 3-4 game last night with some great glove work to boot. That does not bode well for Brandon Crawford getting playing time.

First pitch is set for 7:10 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Final Score: San Francisco Errors, Bullpen Lead to 9-1 Dodgers Victory

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Andre Ethier finished 2-for-4 with a two- run single and a walk as the Los Angeles Dodgers trounced the San Francisco Giants, 9-1, in the opener of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

Juan Rivera added two RBI, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy and A.J. Ellis contributed an RBI apiece and Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 with a run scored an a walk, raising his major league-leading batting average to .406. Los Angeles has won two of its last three games.

Ted Lilly (4-0) gave up just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings.

Joaquin Arias went 3-for-4 and knocked in the only run for the Giants, who took two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend,

Barry Zito (1-1) yielded three runs on eight hits and four walks over six innings while whiffing three.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Starting Lineups: Matt Kemp In, Aubrey Huff Out

Even though he was dealing with some hamstring tightness, Los Angeles Dodgers exemplar Matt Kemp will not miss a chance to face San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito, one of his favorite lefties to abuse in the league.

In fact, Kemp has hit two two-run homers in his last two games against Zito, owning a .426 lifetime batting average along against Zito along with an even .500 OBP. But enough about Kemp, lets talk about the Giants.

Aubrey Huff is listed as a reserve for tonight's game in L.A. but is not in the starting lineup, so no minor-league assignment is apparently necessary for him.

Buster Posey gets another start at first base as Hector Sanchez gets the nod to catch Zito, with Brett Pill gets the start in right field, batting fifth. Joaquin Arias will start at shortstop once more as both Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford will sit against lefty Ted Lilly this evening.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Ryan Theriot 2B
  3. Melky Cabrera RF
  4. Buster Posey 1B
  5. Brett Pill LF
  6. Joaquin Arias SS
  7. Hector Sanchez C
  8. Conor Gillaspie 3B
  9. Barry Zito P

Los Angeles Dodgers:

  1. Dee Gordon SS
  2. Mark Ellis 2B
  3. Matt Kemp CF
  4. Andre Ethier (RF
  5. Juan Rivera 1B
  6. Bobby Abreu LF
  7. Juan Uribe 3B
  8. A.J. Ellis C
  9. Ted Lilly P

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, and KCAL and 570 AM Fox Sports LA in and around Los Angeles.

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MLB Standings: Giants Hungry To Take A Bite Out Of Dodgers Lead

The San Francisco Giants have a six pack of games against NL West foes this week, a perfect opportunity to vault themselves toward the top of the NL West standings. Unfortunately all of of those game will be on the road, though they'l bring a little momentum along with them.

L.A. is currently eight games above .500 at 18-10, while San Francisco is four games behind and an even 14-14 on the year. Arizona and Colorado aren't far behind at 14-15 and 12-15 respectfully, while the Padres are brining up the rear with a 9-20 record and a three game losing streak.

If the Giants could manage to sweep the Dodgers in L.A., they would sit just one game back heading to Arizona for their weekend set with the D-backs. Either way, should be an exciting week in the NL West.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Los Angeles 18 10 .642 0 Lost 1
San Francisco 14 14 .500 4 Won 2
Arizona 14 15 .482 4.5 Lost 2
Colorado 12 15 .444 5.5 Lost 3
San Diego 9 20 .310 9.5 Lost 3

(updated 5.7.2012 at 9:48 AM PDT)


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Giants Vs. Dodgers: G-Men Look To Cool Off Ted Lilly

As the Los Angeles Dodgers return home to Chavez Ravine for the first time since the Guggenheim ownership group officially took over, the San Francisco Giants are hoping to crash the party.

Barry Zito (1-0 1.76) faces Ted Lilly (3-0 1.38) in game one of this series, though their stats don't tell their whole story. Lilly is 3-0 for the first time ever in his career, but is 0-3 in his last four starts against San Francisco with his last win coming in June of 2008.

As for Zito, he was back to his old self with seven walks in 3.2 innings pitched in his last outing, though usually pitches decent at Dodger Stadium, holding a lifetime ERA of 3.97 there.

Angel Pagan continues to rake, extending his league leading hit streak to 20 on Sunday, while Matt Kemp has simply been astounding for L.A. and is a career .426 (20-27) against Zito.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area while KCAL and Fox Sports 570 while have coverage in and around Los Angeles.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Series Preview: Rivalry Renewed At Dodger Stadium

The Giants and Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium for a three game set beginning Monday. For more on the Giants, please check out McCovey Chronicles.

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