Giants Vs. Rockies: Tim Lincecum Eyes Series Sweep In Colorado

Can Tim Lincecum earn the Giants a sweep?

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Tim Lincecum Eyes Much Needed Sweep For San Francisco

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants shoot for a much-needed three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies this afternoon at Coors Field.

It appears the Giants have righted themselves after a brief hiccup and have put up plenty of runs in this series so far. After a 16-4 outburst in Friday's series opener, the Giants posted an 11-6 triumph last night.

Madison Bumgarner was able to record his 12th win of the season by striking out seven batters and allowing one run in six innings.

"I kept the fastball down and used the cutter a lot," Bumgarner said. "I didn't really throw much else."

Buster Posey homered for a third straight game and finished with three RBI, while Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan also went deep. Pagan finished 4-for-6 with three RBI and Marco Scutaro added three hits for the NL West-leading Giants, who have won three of five since a five-game slide.

San Francisco is still just one-half game ahead of Los Angeles in the division and three games in front of Arizona. The club will visit St. Louis for four games after this series in Colorado.

Tim Lincecum draws the start for the Giants Sunday and he has won two of his last three starts. In Tuesday's 4-1 win over the New York Mets, Lincecum fanned seven batters over seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 5-11 in 22 starts with a 5.62 earned run average.

The right-hander is only 2-6 in 11 road starts this season and 8-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 19 career starts against Colorado.

Colorado has dropped 13 of its last 16 games and fell to 1-7 on a nine-game homestand with last night's loss.

Jeff Francis was dealt the loss for allowing six runs and nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings and Edgmer Escalona gave up four runs in relief.

Josh Rutledge hit a solo homer and Matt McBride, who was called up earlier Saturday, went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for the Rockies.

"We're not disappointed with six runs and 14 hits and a lot of young kids out there on the field," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said of his team.

The Rockies will hit the road after today's game to take on Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are expected to send Tyler Chatwood to the mound Sunday. Chatwood was scratched from his start for Double-A Tulsa on Saturday night and went 1-1 with a 3.00 earned run average in four starts for the club.

Chatwood also posted an 0-2 mark in nine starts at the Triple-A level and is 1-1 with a 7.62 ERA in seven relief appearances this season for the Rockies. The right-hander has made one career relief appearance against the Giants, tossing three innings of one-run ball.

The Giants have taken five of seven meetings with the Rockies this season and went 13-5 in this series a year ago.

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Giants vs. Rockies, Final Score: San Francisco Dominantes For 11-6 Victory

(Sports Network) - Buster Posey homered for the second straight game on Saturday and the Giants took advantage of the Mile High City air with an 11-6 win over the Rockies.

The NL West-leading Giants had managed just six combined runs over their previous three games before exploding for a season-high 16 runs in Friday's series opener. They have now scored four or more runs in nine straight games at Coors Field.

"Hopefully that gives them confidence and gets them relaxed a little bit," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of his team's offensive outbursts. "

On Saturday, Posey hit a two-run homer in the first and added a run-scoring single during a four-run eighth. Angel Pagan added a ninth-inning solo shot and drove in three while Melky Cabrera also homered for San Francisco, which will look for the sweep of this three-game set on Sunday.

Madison Bumgarner (12-6) got the win, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings. He improved to 5-5 on the road this season, compared to 7-1 at home.

Josh Rutledge hit a solo homer and Matt McBride, who was called up earlier Saturday, went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for the Rockies, losers in seven of their last eight games.

"We're not disappointed with six runs and 14 hits and a lot of young kids out there on the field," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said of his team.

Jeff Francis (3-4) had won four of his previous five starts against San Francisco but lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits in the setback.

Posey leads the National League with 25 RBI since the All-Star break. His two- out, first-inning blast to left scored Cabrera, who added a solo shot in the third -- his 11th homer of the year -- and later worked a bases-loaded walk in the fourth.

Joaquin Arias and Pagan added RBI singles during that frame, which saw the Giants take a commanding 6-0 lead.

Rutledge hit a one-out solo shot in the sixth and McBride doubled home Ramon Hernandez an inning later before scoring on Jonathan Herrera's single, making it 6-3.

The Giants, though, extended their advantage in the eighth, which began with Brandon Belt's double. Pagan followed with an RBI single, advanced to second on a throwing error by Wilin Rosario and stole third before coming home on Ryan Theriot's Tobago. Posey later plated Theriot with a single and Gregor Blanco capped the frame with a pinch-hit sac fly.

In the bottom half, Dexter Fowler scored on Sergio Romo's wild pitch before Hernandez doubled home Carlos Gonzalez.

Pinch-hitter DJ LeMahieu sealed the final result with an RBI single in the home ninth.

Game Notes

Posey has 16 homers on the season and six since the All-Star break...Fourteen of the Giants' 17 multi-home run games this season have come on the road...Earlier Saturday, the Rockies placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer and pitcher Christian Friedrich on the 15-day disabled list, selected the contract of McBride from Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled pitcher Edgmer Escalona from the same club.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Madison Bumgarner Takes The Bump At Coors Field

(Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner has to be jealous of the run support rotation mate Ryan Vogelsong received in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The San Francisco Giants' left-hander, though, has enjoyed his share of offensive outbursts as well and will take the mound Saturday in the second installment of a three-game set. Vogelsong benefited from a 16-4 outburst on Friday despite yielding four runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Vogelsong struck out seven and walked two batters to improve to 9-5.

Buster Posey hit a three-run homer, Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera both drove in a pair of runs and Brett Pill homered for the Giants, who are in first place in the NL West despite going just 2-7 over their last nine games. San Francisco sits just one-half game ahead of Los Angeles and is two games in front of hard-charging Arizona.

"We don't score like that very often," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the season-high in runs. "We were in a pretty good funk there. It was a matter of time."

Posey has driven in 22 runs since the All-Star break and finished with four hits last night.

The Giants, who went 3-7 on its recent homestand, will also visit St. Louis for four games on this seven-game road trip and hope Bumgarner can work on his mediocre road ledger this evening. Bumgarner is 4-5 with a 4.24 earned run average in 11 road assignments this season and has posted back-to-back no- decisions overall.

Bumgarner threw six innings of two-run ball in an 8-7 loss to the New York Mets at home on Monday and is 11-6 with a 3.09 ERA in 21 total starts. The young left-hander defeated Colorado back in mid-April and is 3-3 with a stingy 1.93 ERA in eight career starts in this series.

Colorado has dropped 12 of 15 games and fell to 1-6 on a nine-game homestand with last night's embarrassing loss.

Jonathan Sanchez was on the mound for the Rockies and faced his former Giants teammates for the first time, as he was reached for two runs -- one earned -- in only three innings of work. The bullpen then yielded 14 runs the rest of the way for the Rockies.

"(Sanchez) used a number of pitches through three innings and his command was erratic," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We saw velocity up to 91 mph, but he was still fairly erratic."

Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer during a four-run seventh inning. The Rockies hope Michael Cuddyer (oblique) can return Saturday after missing the previous three games.

Jeff Francis will try to even this series when he takes the ball for Colorado tonight and is 3-3 with a 5,43 ERA in 11 starts. He allowed five runs and six hits in four innings of an 11-6 setback to St. Louis on Tuesday, and has been reached for 12 runs over his previous three starts.

The left-hander has made 16 career starts against San Francisco, going 7-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 98 2/3 innings.

The Giants have taken four of six meetings with the Rockies this season and went 13-5 in this series a year ago.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Final Score: G-Men Wallop Rox 16-4

(Sports Network) - Buster Posey hit a three-run homer, Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera both drove in a pair, and the Giants routed the Rockies, 16-4, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

San Francisco had managed just six runs over its previous three games but the offense recorded 16 hits on Friday, including a solo homer from Brett Pill and an RBI triple from Angel Pagan.

Hector Sanchez added a two-run, pinch-hit double for the Giants, who are in first place in the NL West despite going just 2-7 over their last nine games.

"We don't score like that very often," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were in a pretty good funk there. It was a matter of time."

Ryan Vogelsong (9-5) improved to 5-0 lifetime against Colorado, allowing four runs on five hits over 6 1/3 frames. He walked two and struck out seven.

It marked just the second time in 20 starts this season that Vogelsong allowed more than three runs.

Rookie Wilin Rosario homered for the second straight game, belting a two-run shot in the seventh for the Rockies, losers in six of their last seven contests.

Jonathan Sanchez (0-3) lasted just three innings against his former team, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits. The lefty has dropped nine straight decisions overall and is 0-3 since being acquired from the Royals on July 20.

Vogelsong had allowed three or fewer runs in a San Francisco single-season record 16 straight starts, but the streak ended in the seventh inning courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Carlos Gonzalez, an RBI double from Todd Helton and Rosario's 18th homer of the year.

The outburst got the Rockies on the board, but "unfortunately we were down by seven by the time that it occurred," pointed out Colorado manager Jim Tracy.

In fact, the Giants had pushed four runs across in the top of the frame, which began with Vogelsong's double. Pagan followed with a triple and Theriot walked before Cabrera doubled home both runners.

Marco Scutaro, who was acquired from the Rockies prior to the trade deadline, capped the frame with an RBI groundout and added a run-scoring single after Sanchez's pinch-hit double in the ninth.

The Giants' other notable trade-deadline acquisition, Hunter Pence, contributed with an RBI groundout in the first inning. Pagan began that frame with a double and scored on Theriot's base hit.

Posey's homer -- his 15th of the season -- came during a six-run eighth. Theriot had an RBI single earlier in the inning before a pair of runs crossed the plate on two separate wild pitches by Matt Reynolds.

Game Notes

Vogelsong has made 11 career appearances (six starts) against Colorado. His streak of allowing three runs or fewer was the longest in Giants history since Scott Garrelts managed the feat in 17 straight starts over the 1989 and 1990 seasons...Sanchez hasn't recorded a win since his first start of the season on April 8.

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Pablo Sandoval Injury: Giants 3B Tests Hamstring With Light Jogging

As San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is working his way back from his hamstring injury, he tried some light jogging before the Giants matchup with the Rockies on Friday, which did not go as accoring to plan.

Per beat writer Alex Pavlovic on Twitter:

Skipper Bruce Bochy noted on Thursday that Sandoval is already swinging the bat, though "he can feel it just a little bit" when he swings from the right side. He also mentioned that when Pablo starts running, that's when you get a better sens of where he's at. This is not a good sign for a speedy recovery for Kung Fu Panda.

Sandoval sustained the injury at first base this season, stretching out to make a double play, pulling his hamstring in the process. He's played in just 62 games so far this season, owning a .299 average with eight home runs and 33 RBI.

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Giants vs. Rockies: Jonathan Sanchez Faces Former Team At Coors Field

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants are probably glad to get out of the Bay Area with how poorly they have played lately and hope to bang around a former employee tonight in the opener of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

San Francisco went 3-7 on its recent homestand and just dropped three of four meetings with the New York Mets at AT&T Park.

In a 9-1 loss on Thursday, Barry Zito had another rough outing and was reached for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"My timing was off, so my command was erratic today," Zito said. "At times it was there, but at times the ball was up in the speed, and I wasn't commanding my offspeed like I usually do."

All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera was the lone offensive bright spot for the Giants and went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Hunter Pence was credited with the only RBI for San Francisco, which barely leads the NL West by one-half game over Los Angeles and two games in front of hard-charging Arizona.

The Giants have scored two runs over the last two games and also will pay a visit to St. Louis on the trek. They hope 2011 All-Star Ryan Vogelsong can play stopper when he gets the nod Friday at Coors Field.

Vogelsong has alternated wins and losses over his last six decisions and suffered a hard-luck loss in Sunday's 4-0 defeat at the hands of the rival Dodgers. Vogelsong yielded two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in six innings to fall to 8-5 in 19 starts. he still has a strong 2.22 ERA.

The right-hander hopes to stay unbeaten in his career against Colorado, as he owns a 4-0 mark in 10 lifetime appearances, five of which have been starts. Vogelsong threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Rockies in a 3-2 win back on May 14 at AT&T Park. He did not factor in the outcome of that one.

Colorado is aiming for its first winning streak in almost a month (July 8-13) and will resume a nine-game homestand tonight.

The Rockies ended a five-game slide and won for just the third time in 14 tries with Thursday's 8-2 win over the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game series. Josh Rutledge and Wilin Rosario each hit a home run, Jordan Pacheco was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored and both Carlos Gonzalez and Tyler Colvin had two hits and a run scored.

Rutledge has hit homers in four straight games, a Colorado rookie record.

Alex White went 5 1/3 innings in the start and gave up two runs on five hits, while reliever Rex Brothers got the win for pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

"I know our record is what it is, but when we pitch well the whole atmosphere changes," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "With that being said, White did a terrific job tonight and that was the key to our win here."

It's unknown as of now whether Tracy will be singing the praises of former Giants hurler Jonathan Sanchez, who will face his former club for the first time. Sanchez hasn't performed so well the last few seasons and already split time with Kansas City and Colorado this season. Before landing out west, Sanchez was 1-6 in 12 starts with the Royals. He has lost both of his starts with the Rockies.

Sanchez, a left-hander, hasn't tasted victory since his 2012 debut on April 8 against the LA Angels of Anaheim and is riding a personal five-game slide. He previously toed the rubber in Sunday's 7-2 loss versus Cincinnati and surrendered six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Sanchez has given up at least three runs in each of his past seven outings.

The Giants have taken three of five meetings with the Rockies this season and went 13-5 in this series a year ago.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Series Preview: San Francisco Looking For W's In The Mile-High City

Can the Giants turn it around against the slumping Rockies?

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